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OATI Awarded East River Electric Power Cooperative DERMS Contract


 OATI webSmartEnergy DERMS will optimize load management for Co-op Members

Posted December 27, 2022

Minneapolis, MN (December 21, 2022) - Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) proudly announces that East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (EREPC), a leading generation and transmission utility, has selected OATI's webSmartEnergy® solution to optimize demand management, reduce costs and improve grid reliability and resiliency for its members. The ten-year contract award will see OATI's webSmartEnergy® DERMS provide a future-ready platform to support East River’s members today, and the ability to optimize future Distributed Energy Resource (DER) assets as they proliferate throughout its members’ service territories.

“East River has been a leader in demand side management since the 1980s, and this new partnership with OATI will continue to put East River ahead of the curve in helping our members save on wholesale power costs,” said Jeff May, East River’s Chief Information Officer. “Since implementing our legacy load management system in 1984, East River’s members have saved nearly $300 million in wholesale power costs. We’re looking forward to the capabilities this new system will provide to be more predictive and accurate in our demand management and take advantage of new technologies as we move into the future.”

East River serves twenty-four rural electric cooperatives and one municipally-owned electric system in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. The deployment will be in two stages. Phase I will focus on integrating OATI's webSmartEnergy® DERMS into legacy platforms to send control signals to current devices in the field. During Phase II, East River will expand the DERMS platform to include control of additional DER assets and to provide forecasting through OATI’s webSmartForecast module.

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Michaels Energy Job Opportunity: Client Engagement Consultant

Michaels Energy


Posted December 15, 2022

Who is Michaels Energy?

Michaels Energy is a veteran-owned energy consulting firm that exists to help businesses minimize waste and maximize value. Our energy and engineering gurus are obsessed with optimizing buildings and processes to maximize energy savings and profits, minimize utility grid stress and carbon footprints, and keep this big, beautiful planet in tip-top shape. Our passion is developing long-term client relationships with energy users, utilities, consultants, and partners. This passion combined with our core values of proactive and responsive serviceintuitive analysiscollaborative partnerships, and fanatical execution, forms the foundation of our corporate culture.

What is the role?

  • Are you tired of project management, deadlines, and difficult clients?
  • Do you enjoy traveling, attending conferences, learning, and connecting with people?
  • Would you like to do those things without project work piling up while you’re away?
  • Do you like ideation without the grind of bringing ideas to fruition?
  • Are you ready to get off the hamster wheel and do what you always wanted?

The Client Engagement Consultant is responsible for connecting Michaels’ brand with decision-makers and influencers in the efficiency and demand response industry to drive revenue growth. The successful candidate will thrive in a relationship and brand-building environment and exemplify Michaels’ values. The Client Engagement Consultant will self-direct their efforts with input and feedback from the Director of Sales and Marketing and the CEO.

Responsibilities include:

  • Connect the Michaels Energy brand with decision-makers and influencers in the efficiency and demand response markets
  • Have fun and enjoy selling Michaels Energy services
  • Develop and implement a company growth strategy
  • Develop relationships to understand problems and challenges with current and potential clients
  • Represent the company at industry events and conferences
  • Serve on industry boards and committees
  • Collaborate with our internal business development team and operations to grow the firm

CLICK HERE to read the full job description.


National Grid is hiring a Principal Analyst of DER & Policy Forecasting, Load Forecasting and Analytics


This position can be based out of Waltham, MA or Hicksville, NY office.

Job Purpose
The Analytics & Load Forecasting team produces electric and gas forecasts for National Grid. As a Principal Economist, DER & Policy Forecasting, you will ill lead the development of long-term forecasts for distributed resources (including solar PV, energy efficiency, demand response, EVs, storage, etc.), and create long-term outlooks for policy based decarbonization goals for our US service territory. You will support the long-term electric and gas load forecasting teams in integrating DERs and decarbonization forecasts into the long-term forecasts.  You will work with the distributed resource, DSM, strategy teams, and other internal and external stakeholders to ensure that DER and decarbonization policies and programs are properly modeled.

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead development of long-term forecasts for distributed resources (including solar PV, energy efficiency, demand response, EVs, storage, etc.), and create long-term outlooks for policy based decarbonization goals. Perform additional analysis relating to DERs, DSM, and decarbonization policies in the forecast as necessary.
  • Work with the electric and gas forecasting teams to ensure the electric and gas load forecasts properly account for distributed energy resources and new technologies and policies.
  • Update forecast processes and documentation to ensure they are efficient, reviewable, and reliable.
  • Provide expert testimony before regulators and defend the forecasts. Respond to data request from regulatory bodies for rate cases and other proceedings.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders (including supply, engineering, regulatory, strategy) regarding forecast methodology and analysis and ensure our deliverables meet their needs.
  • Stay current in all policies, regulatory requirements, market trends, and industry standards regarding customer energy use and technologies and programs impacting that use, such as energy efficiency and demand response. 

CLICK HERE to read the full job description.


ecobee Offers Free Smart Thermostat to Con Edison Customers in Westchester Countyecobee

Posted December 6, 2022

TORONTO – Dec. 6, 2022 – ecobee, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems (NYSE: GNRC), today announced it is offering a free ecobee3 lite smart thermostat ($149.99 value) or $100 off the brand-new Smart Thermostat Premium (regular price $249.99) to eligible ConEd customers in Westchester County for a limited time when they enroll in the ConEd ecosave program by March 31, 2023. ConEd ecosave is a voluntary energy saving program from ecobee that helps support a more stable and reliable power grid in local communities when energy is in high demand.

Customers who switch to an ecobee smart thermostat and enroll in the ConEd ecosave program can also help reduce their families’ energy costs, which is more important than ever. According to recent ConEd estimates, the average Westchester County customer's electricity bill is expected to rise by 27% this winter, from $160 last year to $203 due to increases in the market cost of natural gas. And, the average residential natural gas heating customer will pay $460 a month from November 2022 to March 2023, a 32% increase from the $348 average last a year.1 ecobee smart thermostats can help alleviate these rising energy costs and help customers save up to $284 on their annual heating and cooling costs.1

“At ecobee, we remain committed to offering innovative smart home solutions that address real problems customers are facing, such as rising energy bills caused by inflation, and grid stability challenges caused by periods of high demand on the power grid, ” said Tamara Dzubay, Director, Energy and Emerging Markets at ecobee. “We’re excited to offer a free ecobee3 lite or $100 off the brand-new Smart Thermostat Premium to help customers in Westchester County conserve energy and save money without sacrificing their comfort.”

In 2022 alone, ecobee helped customers save 5.28TWh of energy, which is the equivalent of taking over 800,000 cars off the road for one year or avoiding the consumption of 421 million gallons of gasoline.

ConEd customers in Westchester County who already have an ecobee smart thermostat can receive a $100 digital gift card by enrolling in the ConEd ecosave program in the ecobee app. For ecobee and ConEd customers not in the Westchester County area, they are invited to enroll in the program through the ecobee app for a chance to win one of two $2,500 prizes.

To order a free ecobee3lite or $100 off the Smart Thermostat Premium with enrollment in the ConEd ecosave program, visit

For full details on the ConEd ecosave program, visit

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Austin Energy Job Opportunity: Energy Efficiency Services DirectorAustin Energy

Posted December 2, 2022

Austin Energy is  seeking a visionary, innovative, proven leader of high performing teams to build upon Austin Energy’s industry leading customer offerings and execution. The successful applicant will have a deep technical understanding of distributed energy resource program design, cost effectiveness metrics, customer engagement best practices, operational excellence and the ability to communicate effectively with elected officials, citizen commissions, C-suite executives and other City departments. This position manages the largest portion of the Customer Energy Solutions Business Unit called Energy Efficiency Solutions. This position oversees the vast majority of programs and services in Customer Energy Solutions, including to Residential, Commercial and Industrial sectors. This position oversees multiple energy efficiency and demand response programs. This position supervises a staff of 57 full-time employees and contractors, with four direct reports. This position manages a budget of ~$25M in incentives / rebates across multiple programs. This position oversees and interacts with multiple teams of contractors and vendors in order to successfully deliver the programs.

Working with Austin Energy provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, career development opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.

Preferred Experience:

  • Technical knowledge of demand side management programs including measurement and verification of efficacy.
  • Ability to respond succinctly and effectively to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining relationships with and presenting to contractors, citizen commissions, elected officials, stakeholders, the general public and staff.

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Plans, directs, and coordinates the development and delivery of a range of technical program services to improve energy efficiency in new and existing residential, commercial and industrial building.
  2. Directs and manages the performance of energy audits and engineering feasibility studies; reviews and evaluates recommendations of building design reviews and studies, and cost-effectiveness comparisons of end-use technologies.
  3. Manages annual O&M, CIP and incentive budgets including preparing short and long-term spending plans.
  4. Prepares and presents annual results-of-operations reports for Austin Energy management and public advisory committees.
  5. Manages promotional and outreach efforts to establish partnerships with contractors, vendors and trade allies to enhance customer services and participation to meet Austin Energy’s energy efficiency goals.
  6. Formulates specific plan objectives to achieve desirable electric load shape changes through energy efficiency and load management programs and projects.
  7. Directs technical and planning process elements for evaluating alternative energy efficiency program initiatives.

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.

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