Hohm Usage Gets Boost from CBS News Story, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Microsoft Hohm, the online home energy management software, received a nice review from CNET’s Natalie Del Conte on the CBS News Early Show. The news piece shows how the Goddard family in Sacramento used Hohm to monitor and evaluate the program to help them save money in these difficult economic times. The Sacramento Municipal Utility…

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Microsoft and OSIsoft Present a Free Webcast on Smart Energy Reference Architecture

In order to assist the 2010 planning the has begun in earnest at every utility company around the world, Microsoft and our partner OSIsoft are offering a complimentary Webcast on our Smart Energy Reference Architecture, on Tuesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. EST. Microsoft’s SERA is intended specifically for working groups and utility executives who…

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Xcel Energy Customers Now Able to Manage Home Energy Consumption with Microsoft Hohm

The Microsoft Hohm team continues rolling out our online energy management software at utilities in North America. On Friday, Xcel Energy empowered its 3.4 million customers with the ability to take better control of their home energy consumption with the use of Microsoft Hohm, the online application that tracks energy use and provides personalized energy…

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Microsoft’s Mundie is Focused on the World’s Energy Future and Encouraging Young People to Get Aboard

A blog posting in the Seattle Times last week provides a good opportunity to introduce a video demo for all those interested in the topic of finding new ways to encourage today’s students to enter utility industry careers. Reporter Brier Dudley’s blog entry, “College road trip for Microsoft’s research chief,” describes how our Chief Research…

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Water, Water, Everywhere: Using Information Technology to Address Water Industry Issues

There’s no doubt this blog has focused recently on issues related to the smart grid. Between the launch of Hohm and the Smart Energy Reference Architecture, we’ve been busy, as energy issues seem to be where a lot of people are expending tremendous excitement and energy. However, this focus in one area can’t cause us…

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Upcoming Webinar Discusses Risk, Efficiency and Compliance for EPC Projects, 11 November

I will be participating in a free Enterprise Informatics webinar on the topic of reducing risk, improving efficiency and ensuring compliance. I hope you can join us. Here’s the registration link. This webinar is very timely. With $155 billion invested world-wide in 2008 and $1 billion in federal stimulus money allocated in 2009 for green…


ESS-Enabled IHS Ready to Accept the Climate Challenge

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the ESS EXPO 09 Conference in San Antonio, Texas. For those of you not familiar with ESS (Environmental Support Solutions) they are (or at least were) a leading provider of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software for compliance and sustainability…