Smart Energy Ecosystem One Mile Closer After Ford and Microsoft Announce Collaborative Effort

It’s been a common theme in this blog that discussions about “Smart Grid” may be a little shortsighted, in that the longer term ramifications of all the energy-related changes are bringing about a Smart Energy Ecosystem, one where utilities and consumers develop new relationships for the production and consumption of power. Today we’re even more…


Principal Hohm Architect Offers Integration Interface Guidance

As with any program, ease of integration (and migration) is a key concern to utilities considering new software solutions. Hohm is no different. Michaeljon Miller, the principal architect for Hohm, told me the other day that there have been a lot of such questions concerning Hohm . In response MJ has published the software specifications…


Data, Data Everywhere: Is There a Way to Make Better Decisions?

This week I had the privilege of speaking at the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum in DC. The panel I participated in discussed “Managing the Information Avalanche resulting from the injection of sensors, communications and software for the smart energy ecosystem.” In preparing for the session I was reminded of those new Bing search commercials where someone…


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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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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Seattle City Light Ushers in New Era of Home Energy Management, Offers Microsoft Hohm to its Customers

It’s a proud day for us here at Microsoft as Seattle City Light announced today that it will offer its customers the ability to link their electricity consumption data with Microsoft Hohm, the online application that tracks energy use and provides personalized energy conservation recommendations. It’s only fitting that Seattle City Light became the first…


Microsoft Hohm Included in Wall Street Journal Story on Smart Grid

In one of its frequent updates on Smart Grid developments, Monday’s Wall Street Journal story “Stimulus Funds Speed Transformation Toward ‘Smart Grid’” includes mention of home energy management solution, Microsoft Hohm, although the reporters didn’t call it out by its name. All in all, it’s a decent story on how $4.5 billion in smart grid…

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Microsoft Report on the 2009 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and the Smart Grid

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 2009 National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid several weeks ago at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. I represented Microsoft as part of Tuesday’s keynote session featuring U.S. Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, and North American…


Hohm Rolls Out to Glowing Media Coverage

Yesterday was wonderful day and the afterglow continues today. We introduced the utility industry to Microsoft Hohm – our new online application that enables customers to better understand their energy usage, get recommendations and start saving money – at the Edison Electric Institute’s Annual Meeting, the utility industry’s leading trade association’s conference of CEOs and…