Tag Archives: electricity pricing

Smart Grid 2.0, So What Does That Mean?

When smart meters began emerging, many customers viewed them as costly automated meter-readers that made life easier only for the utility companies, possessed no real benefit and compelled little customer interaction.  Beneficial or not, in a GTM webinar, eMeter estimated the installation of 150 million smart meters globally to replace the out-dated mechanical meters- it […]

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Introducing Genability Explorer Beta

As soon as we announced our Calculate API in August the requests started.  Our users loved the functionality of the Calculate API but wished there was a way to interact with Genability’s electricity pricing data without writing code.  ‘Sometimes,’ they said, ‘you just want to explore the database’ — and thus Genability Explorer was born! Genability […]

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Magic of the Commons

Depending on your point of view, our collective energy needs may reflect either the tragedy of the commons, or a unique opportunity for increased collaboration, interconnectivity and grid resilience. With the wealth of open data now available freely in the US (and worldwide), we tend towards the latter. There are numerous sources for open energy […]

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Power Hacks

Taking Control of your Power If you want to take control of your power, the first thing you need to do is get access to your own real-time energy consumption data. (Preferably on your smartphone or at least through a web-service). Don’t worry we’ll walk you through the process, no matter where you live, nor […]

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How to calculate the cost of a tariff

The most frequent question we get is “What is the easiest way to calculate the cost of a tariff?”  Great question.  There are three ways, in descending order of effort (it would be ascending but we’re not fully quite ready with the third option.): 1) Option 1: using the Tariff data You can get a […]

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The Energy UFO

Our friends at Visible Energy recently released the new Energy UFO Power Center (“Energy UFO”), which is designed to let consumers visualize electricity consumption, packaged in a vessel which truly looks out of this world. The Energy UFO acts as a manageable power strip that glows different colors to indicate high and low consumption. It also allows users that have […]

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Cleantech IT-The Next Wave

Rob Day recently released an interesting article on GreenTechMedia entitled “The Rise of Information-Based Cleantech.”  His main point is that over the past decade most ‘Cleantech VCs’ poured tons of cash into commodity-oriented cleantech plays that really didn’t fit the traditional VC-model.  (They were capital-, effort and time-intensive, and relied on notoriously fickle commodity pricing curves). This is […]

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The PG&E Marketing Hoax

If you catch one of the PG&E SmartMeter ™ ads on TV, you might get excited by what they promise. The ads are slickly produced, with customers describing how cool it is to ‘See Your Power,’ receive ‘Energy Alerts’ and manage how much energy you use. The trouble is, the ads are ‘forward-looking‘, and more […]

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The future is awesome!

One thing that I learned from Saul Griffith is that our energy future is awesome! His point is that fear is not a strong motivator. Start talking about the effects of climate change, and you lose half your audience at the outset. Start talking about how awesome our energy future is, and everyone tunes in. […]

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Mashups: Datasets and APIs

The Genability Application Programming Interface (API) is just one of many energy-focused APIs that are available to developers. We encourage creative mash-ups of our electricity pricing data with other energy apps and datasets. We think that the potential value-add is enormous. For example, check out the slick Wattvision API.  You can see live energy usage data, […]

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