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White Paper: Residential Demand Charges – New Opportunity for Demand Response and Customer Engagement

Utility energy rates are not generally a topic that stimulates much discussion, but times have changed and electric rate design is now all over the news. With load growth slowing, energy efficiency expanding and distributed resources like solar growing in popularity, utilities are looking for revenue mechanisms that are not tied solely to the volume of energy... Read More


Cybersecurity Threat Reduction Through Vulnerability Research

As I outlined in my first blog post, Comverge’s cybersecurity approach is based on a Defense in Depth strategy that includes a security-aware systems development life cycle (SDLC) that promotes threat reduction through vulnerability research. As part of Comverge’s ongoing commitment to ensure the security and integrity of our DirectLink load control switches and smart thermostats... Read More


A Look Back at the PLMA Spring Conference: It’s Getting Better All the Time

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The Peak Load Management Alliance is an organization that has completely transformed itself over the last three years. As noted in its recent press release, membership in the 17 year old organization recently hit 100, which is 50 more members than three years ago.  Think about that, an organization that took 14 years to get... Read More


How Comverge is Using Machine Learning to Improve Demand Response Forecasts

Feb 18, 2016 The utility industry, like many industries, is currently undergoing a data revolution. Metering infrastructure is dramatically improving, data storage costs are plummeting, and computing power is still following Moore’s famous law of exponential improvement; yet many utilities are unable or unsure about how to take advantage this flood of modern-day gold. At Comverge, we are tackling ways to turn this... Read More


2015: A Banner Year for Comverge

We issued a press release this week announcing that Comverge helped our utility clients avoid more than 30 gigawatt hours of energy use during their grids’ most congested hours. We did this by dispatching 9.4 million control events that automatically cycled off high energy use appliances (ex  air conditioner or water heater) for residential and... Read More


Webinar Recap: Engaging the Small to Mid-Sized Business Is a (Worthwhile) Challenge

Our eighth and final webinar of 2015 aired live yesterday and was one of our best of the year thanks to its dynamic presenters and pertinent subject matter. Our guest speaker and client, Susan Marinelli, works on Pepco’s mass-market demand response programs and is closely familiar with the challenges and opportunities in the unique small... Read More


PLMA Fall Conference Recap: Charting the Continued Evolution of Demand Response

Comverge recently completed a very successful trip to the 16th PLMA Fall Conference, which took place in Charlotte, NC November 2-4. Charlotte is a brisk three hour drive from our headquarters in Norcross, so I decided to save the company a few dollars on airfare and drive. Bad decision. Ninety minutes into the trip, traffic... Read More


Making Energy Even Better: Announcing Our Partnership with Apogee

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Comverge’s brand tagline is a concept we’re committed to in everything we do: Energy made better. Today marks another exciting step forward in that mission as we announce that we have partnered with Apogee Interactive, Inc., the industry leader in customer engagement and energy analysis software serving more than 650 US utilities. We’re thrilled to... Read More


Demand Management Trends and Myths at the E Source Forum 2015

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Earlier this month, Comverge exhibited for the first time at the E Source Forum, an annual event that brings together more than 500 representatives from utilities and other energy service providers around the topic of demand management. The event took place in Denver, Colorado, the home of Comverge’s second largest office and where most of... Read More


Strategizing the Role of Bring Your Own Device in Your Demand Management Program: Webinar Recap

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In May we hosted our first webinar on the trend of bring your own device (BYOD). Our experts, including Comverge co-founder and Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy John Rossi and Vice President of Product Management Chris Ash discussed how utilities can fairly value third-party devices, use the BYOD model to harness energy efficiency and... Read More


A Defense in Depth Strategy for Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is one of top issues keeping electric utility executives up at night — and for good reason. What comprises effective cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is based on the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Confidentiality is the concealment of information or resources. Integrity refers to the trustworthiness of data or resources. And availability is the ability... Read More


Innovation to Best Practice: Is the Regulatory Model Shifting?

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It’s an exciting time to be joining the Comverge team as the leader of our regulatory program. It’s clear that we are moving towards a more dynamic, and complicated, two-way grid. Consumers are becoming more engaged, both from becoming electricity producers in their own right or having other demand-side resources at their fingertips. Generation will... Read More


You’re Invited! Introducing the Comverge Demand Innovation Conference 2016

If you joined us in New Orleans or St. Petersburg, FL for any of the past three annual Comverge conferences, you probably don’t need much convincing to mark your calendar for October 12-14, 2016, the dates of Comverge’s next gathering. As with our past events which all earned 100% participant satisfaction, we’re determined to make... Read More