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 Olivia Patterson Named Vice President

WALTHAM, MA., June 26th, 2018 – Opinion Dynamics announced today that Olivia Patterson has been promoted to Vice President, effective immediately. In this new role, Patterson will continue her industry leading work in research surrounding demand response and distributed energy resources, along with providing senior direction to the company’s Data Science team. 

Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics

Olivia Patterson
Opinion Dynamics
Vice President and
PLMA Connected Devices
Interest Group Co-Chair

 “Olivia has been a star at Opinion Dynamics since she joined us a decade ago,” said Opinion Dynamics CEO Brad Kates.  “Her talents are numerous, but chief among them is her ability to understand abstract and detailed technical information and communicating that information to others in a way that anyone can understand.  Couple this knowledge with her engaging and interpersonal style and Olivia excels in everything that she does—we’re excited to have her as a Vice President.”

 “I am excited to work at a time when the confluence of new technologies, advanced data access and analysis, and changing grid needs require new policy, interventions, and methods, and I look forward to working with our incredible team in this new capacity,” said Patterson.

Ms. Patterson earned her Bachelor’s in History and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles and her Master’s in International Economics from the University of California San Diego. She is an active member in several industry associations, including the Peak Load Management Alliance, and is a go to speaker and trainer for issues involving energy efficiency and demand response, as well as co-chairing the PLMA Connected Devices Interest Group.

About Opinion Dynamics - Opinion Dynamics works to advance knowledge to address emerging energy and social issues through sound and insightful research. It is the largest independently-owned company that focuses on energy efficiency, demand response and renewables research. It is headquartered in Massachusetts with offices in Northern and Southern California, as well as satellite offices throughout the country. For more information, please visit

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CPS Energy Seeks Measurement & Verification Service

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Description: Third party measurement and verification Services (M&V) for CPS Energy’s Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP).

Solicitation Detail:

Company will be evaluating the energy reductions for CPS Energy’s weatherization, demand response, solar, and energy efficiency programs. The Services will need to provide consistency and accuracy in evaluation and reporting in order to assist CPS Energy in accurately planning and forecasting for the completion of the STEP 2020 goal of reducing 771 MW.

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Skipping Stone Survey on Changing Electric Utility Business Models


Skipping Stone is doing a survey on changing electric utility business models as part of its Reinventing the Electric Utility Industry Survey Series. They would appreciate 5 minutes of your time to share your opinions on utility challenges and business model evolution. With the advent of rooftop solar, energy storage, prosumers, mergers, regulatory pressures and other challenges, utilities are at a crossroads with evolving utility business models, changing consumer expectations, and regulatory changes. We are surveying the industry to determine what professionals like you think the future holds.

Skipping Stone will not share your specific answers or contact information. The survey results will be sent to you, if you like, at no charge. Click on the link below to take you to the survey.


SkippingStone Hosts Workshop - From India to Atlanta: Smart City Solutions

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Skipping Stone and the Atlanta law firm of Thompson Hine along with Co-Sponsors, Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) and Technology Association (TAG), produced a workshop and networking reception entitled, “From India to Atlanta: Smart City Solutions.” Over the last year Skipping Stone and Thompson Hine have produced a series of networking events on technical innovation, entrepreneurship and international business. This initial Smart Cities event spotlighted the explosive growth of Smart Cities and on the business opportunities for technology and service companies. India, selected as the focus of the event, will be experiencing enormous market growth as planned by their government over the next several decades, is the largest democracy in the world, and is one of the US’ best international trade partners.

Read more about this informative workshop.


Paul Tyno Named Program Director of Incubator

Paul Tyno

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) announced a partnership with Launch NY on a new Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator. Paul Tyno, BNMC’s strategic advisor for Energy Initiatives and former Chairman of PLMA, has been named Program Director for the incubator

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