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WeaveGrid Announces $35 Million Series B Investment to Enable the Electric Transportation TransitionWeaveGrid


Posted November 18, 2022

Funding will support expanded product capabilities for utilities, deepen engagement with automakers, and enhance driver experience at a critical time for electric vehicles and the power grid.

Salesforce Ventures led the round, joining strategic and existing investors to drive software innovation at the intersection of energy and mobility.

SAN FRANCISCONov. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- WeaveGrid, a software company that builds data products to enable rapid electric vehicle (EV) adoption, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series B funding. Salesforce Ventures led the round, with participation from new investors Activate Capital, Collaborative Fund, Emerson Collective, and MCJ Collective and existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Coatue, Grok Ventures, and The Westly Group. With a continued focus on climate investments, the Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund took its first lead role in the WeaveGrid investment. The Series B comes just eighteen months after WeaveGrid announced its $15 million Series A. 

The electric vehicle market is growing exponentially, and EVs could make up more than half of global automobile sales by 2035. Newly passed federal and state policies have positioned the EV market for rapid expansion, but there is a parallel transformation required to ensure power grids can handle the increased electric demand. WeaveGrid leverages machine learning capabilities and driver engagement tools to support EV charging optimization. The company's innovative SaaS platform solves emerging EV challenges to ensure the impending energy transition is clean, equitable, and resilient.

"We are proud to welcome Salesforce Ventures as the lead investor in this round. Salesforce is the leading enterprise SaaS company in the world — including in the utility and automotive sectors–and will make an excellent partner as we continue our growth," said WeaveGrid CEO Apoorv Bhargava. "How we handle tens of millions of new EVs coming onto the power grid is amongst the most important technological challenges in the clean energy transition. With this investment, we will expand our product capabilities, deepen engagement with our partner ecosystems, and make charging simple and convenient for EV drivers."

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

PLMA Congratulates its Newly Elected Executive Committee for 2022-2024; Launches Ambitious New Strategic PlanExecutive Committee


Posted November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022 -- PLMA, the voice of energy load management practitioners, hosted its 46th conference this week in Phoenix, Arizona and elected eight Executive Committee members to serve as its governing body for 2022 to 2024. Elected by PLMA’s Board of Directors, the Executive Committee includes:

Kari Binley, ecobee Joyce Bodoh, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative; Justin Chamberlain, CPS Energy; Allison Hamilton, NRECA; Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics; Jenny Roehm, Schneider Electric; Amy Schmidt, E Source; Eamonn Urey, Salt River Project.

With record attendance of over 360 load management practitioners from across North America, the three-day conference opened with a keynote presentation by Jacob Tetlow, Executive Vice President of Arizona Public Service and included 25 interactive learning sessions on decarbonization, EVs and managed charging, construction and Grid Enabled Buildings and Connected Communities, retail pricing, emergency programs, and more.

In addition, PLMA also launched an ambitious new Strategic Plan to address four key issues within the load management space: DERs as a Grid Resource; Decarbonization through Load Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and EV Impacts to the Grid.

Now in its 23rd year, PLMA continues to serve as the voice of load management professionals, hosting two national conferences annually, as well as ongoing training classes, webinars, and podcasts. It offers a collaborative and supportive professional community for its worldwide members and stakeholders.

 

ecobee Job Opportunity: Marketing Managerecobee


Posted November 16, 2022

Hi, we are ecobee. 

ecobee introduced the world’s first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help millions of consumers save money, conserve energy, and bring home automation into their lives. That was just the beginning. We continue our pursuit to create technology that brings peace of mind into the home and allows people to focus on the moments that matter most. We take pride in making a meaningful difference to the environment, all while being part of the exciting, connected home revolution. 

In 2021, ecobee became a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems. Generac introduced the first affordable backup generator and later created the category of automatic home standby generator. The company is committed to sustainable, cleaner energy products poised to revolutionize the 21st century electrical grid. Together, we take pride in making a meaningful difference to the environment, all while being part of the exciting, connected home revolution. 

Why we love to do what we do: 

We’re helping build the world of tomorrow with solutions that improve everyday life while making a positive impact on the planet. Our products and services work in harmony to provide comfort, efficiency, and peace of mind for millions of homes and businesses. While we’re proud of what we’ve done so far, there’s still a lot we can do—and you can be part of it.  

Join our extraordinary team. 

We're a rapidly growing global tech company headquartered in the heart of downtown Toronto with offices in Toronto, Canada and Leeds, UK (and remote ecopeeps in the US). We get to work with some of North America and UK's leading professionals. Our colleagues are proud to bring their authentic selves to work, confident that what we do is grounded in a greater purpose. We’re always looking for curious, talented, and passionate people to join our team.

Who’ll You Be Joining:  

You will be joining an amazing team of energy professionals and marketers that exude authenticity, creativity, and are focused on delivering impact. We will challenge you to learn and grow to your fullest, push you to amplify what matters to our clients, customers, their family and the planet -and we expect that you will push us to do the same. 

You are a strategic, analytical and enthusiastic individual that thrives on developing, executing, and refining marketing plans – and you’re passionate about the North American energy sector.

You will develop marketing strategies to increase adoption of our technology, support new product and services launches, coordinate advertising campaigns to increase the awareness and conversion of rebate programs, oversee product promotions and contribute to developing a promotional pricing and execution strategy, and help us communicate to the industry the exceptional things we’re doing. For all facets of the role, you will be analyzing and reporting on the results to make strategic recommendations to the Marketing and Energy departments on an on-going basis.

CLICK HERE to read the full job posting and apply.

 

Opinion Dynamics Job Opportunity: Senior Quantitative AnalystOpinion Dynamics


Posted November 10, 2022

Opinion Dynamics seeks a new team member who is passionate about bringing analytical solutions to decarbonizing the energy sector. Our ideal candidate will bring a strong quantitative skillset at the cross-section of data science, statistics, and econometrics, and be comfortable with causal inference. They will have demonstrated applied experience in those disciplines, will be able to effectively navigate the dynamic environment of a consulting firm, and be excited to work with a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, statisticians, quantitative analysts, and data engineers.

The Data Analytics group is a dynamic and tightly knit team of individuals from a range of backgrounds working closely together on analytically challenging and methodologically innovative consulting, advising, and research projects to support emerging needs in the clean energy space.

You will support analytic design and deploy a range of statistical and econometric models to quantify energy impacts and forecast potential for clean energy interventions, including energy efficiency, demand response, electric vehicles, and other distributed energy resources. Your work will span a range of data streams including interval energy consumption data, utility bill data, device telemetry data, customer data, data from secondary sources such as census, and data collected through primary data collection efforts, including equipment usage metering and submetering.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A degree in economics, statistics, data science, quantitative social science, political science, or related field with demonstrated quantitative and analytic academic curriculum. Advanced degree is preferred
  • Two or more years’ work experience conducting quantitative analysis focused on causal inference, econometric modeling, statistical regression analysis, forecasting, including model evaluation and validation best practices
  • Strong programming skills in Python or R
  • Passionate about clean energy and desire to advance adoption of clean energy solutions with the help of creative data analytics
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated track-record of thinking critically about your work and clearly communicating with other project staff and managers about your work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clients as well as people at all levels of statistical knowledge in our organization
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously and flexibly

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

 

EnergyHub Records 83% Increase in Demand Response Events Shifting 8.5 GWh Off Peak This SummerEnergyHub


Posted November 7, 2022

New York, November 3, 2022 – As extreme heat put electrical infrastructure to the test across North America again this summer, utilities and their customers showed they can step up and support grid reliability when it matters most. 

Households and businesses across the continent worked with EnergyHub client utilities to manage 1.3 GW of flexibility from 900,000+ devices, reducing grid load at critical times. In total, EnergyHub utilities called 1,376 events during the summer of 2022, an 83% increase over 2021.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this summer was the third warmest on record. Against this backdrop, customers of EnergyHub’s 60+ utility clients participated in distributed energy resource (DER) programs to keep the lights on, the A/C working, and accelerate the decarbonization of our power system - all without the need for expensive infrastructure investment.

Utility customers deliver grid reliability from coast to coast

Utilities running those nearly 1,400 events shifted 8.5 GWh out of peak times, reinforcing DER programs’ position as a valuable part of the resource stack. This summer alone, six clients called events over 50 MW and one client - Salt River Project - called multiple 130+ MW events.

Erika Diamond, Head of Customer Solutions at EnergyHub, emphasized the importance of flexible load in utility resource planning, saying: “I’m proud of our work with our utility clients and their customers to deliver a reliable grid this summer. This massive resource supports grid resilience and decarbonization goals while customers simultaneously benefit from financial incentives and increased service reliability.”

Keeping the lights on across the West

From August 29th to September 7th, the entire Western electrical grid faced continuous stress due to record-setting heat. After days of exceptionally high demand for electricity, California issued a state-wide emergency SMS alert, asking consumers to prevent blackouts by conserving energy. 

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 
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