How to Save a United States’ Worth of Carbon Emissions

As Renewables Surge, They Can Do More, With a 4 Gigaton Opportunity Right Under Their Noses By Matt Evans and Chiel Borenstein Pick up any newspaper today, and there are stories that might make you worry. But one bright spot has been the continuing Cinderella story of renewable energy worldwide. When WattTime was founded only a few years ago, renewable energy deployment every year was barely more than a footnote in the global economy. No more. According to January 2018 numbers from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, world clean energy investment totaled $333.5 billion ...

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Not all Renewables are Created Equal: Quantifying the Emissions Benefits of Institutional Renewable Energy Purchasing Options

By Gavin McCormick and Chiel Borenstein, in partnership with Jaclyn Olsen and Caroleen Verly from the Harvard University Office for Sustainability and Chad Laurent from Meister Consultants Group (A Cadmus Company) In recent years, institutional climate action targets, renewable energy subsidies, and the rapidly falling costs of wind and solar have led more and more large institutions to begin purchasing significant quantities of off-site renewable energy. The practice has grown rapidly, from 70 megawatts purchased in 2012 to over 2,780 megawatts, as of February 2018. ...

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Do You Really Know Where Your Electricity Is Coming From?

Four years ago, I was part of a group of graduate students from UC Berkeley and software engineers from Google and Climate Corporation who met at a hackathon. We unexpectedly discovered that by pooling combined skills, we could solve a problem that hadn’t been cracked. For the first time, we could know when we flip on a light switch exactly that power comes from. We wanted to know this because with the rise of energy storage and smart devices, it was getting easier and easier for us to automatically set our equipment to use energy at any particular time we liked. But ...

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Beyond Energy Efficiency – Using the Power of Data to Find the Cleanest Hours of the Day

By Rob Bernard, Josh Henretig, TJ DiCaprio -- Microsoft Originally posted on the Microsoft Green Blog On an average morning, you turn off your alarm, turn on the lights, power on your smartphone that was charging overnight, take a hot shower, make a cup of coffee, all while watching the local news. This morning routine is all powered by electricity. The green-minded citizen will turn those lights and appliances off quickly, take a shorter shower, and make sure everything is off before leaving the house. Taking those energy-efficient steps is helpful. But what if you ...

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Partnership with Building Clouds

Do you manage a large commercial or industrial facility? Perhaps a university, apartment complex, or hotel? Today we're pleased to share that, thanks to WattTime's newest partnership with Building Clouds, you can now cut your emissions through WattTime-enabled technology in nearly any equipment. Facility managers everywhere have learned that not all equipment manufacturers play nice with each other and that interoperability is a major problem. What we love about Building Clouds Strati-Fi(TM) controllers is that they allow for remarkably quick and cost effective monitoring ...

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Energate Inc Launches First WattTime-Enabled Thermostat

Happy Earth Day from WattTime! We’re delighted to celebrate it this year by launching our new partnership with Energate Inc, creator of the HōlHōm smart thermostat. A select few of Energate’s HōlHōm smart thermostat owners in the Chicago area will soon be offered a new feature – to enable “Clean Power Mode” by WattTime. Those of you already familiar with WattTime can guess how it works: in Clean Power Mode, these thermostats will actively prioritize electricity from environmentally-friendly power plants by shifting electricity consumption to moments when ...

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WattTime launches a pollution reduction collaboration in the Great Lakes

We are thrilled to announce that WattTime has received a substantial grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund to lead a coalition of nonprofits and companies in reducing mercury pollution from coal plants. The project will be a collaboration between WattTime, Rocky Mountain Institute, National Wildlife Federation, Delta Institute, Energy Emissions Intelligence, and several corporate partners. In 2008, a Federal court struck down the national Clean Air Mercury Rule that required coal-fired power plants to limit dangerous mercury emissions. With repeated attempts to ...

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Did you know these 16 surprising facts about clean energy?

Did you know these 16 surprising facts about clean energy?
I'm a long-time Harper's Magazine reader. My two favorite features are the insanely hard cryptic crossword, and the Harper's Index. So for your data-digesting pleasure, check out this mini Harper's Index of some of WattTime's favorite facts about building a smart, clean grid! (more…)

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WattTime featured at the UC Carbon Neutrality Summit

WattTime Executive Director Gavin McCormick speaks at UC Carbon Neutrality Summit
WattTime yesterday joined the University of California Carbon Neutrality Summit [link] as one of two featured startups for the Entrepreneurs forum [video]. At the conference, Governor Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano both spoke about the urgent need for more innovative climate change solutions. Many speakers focused on Napolitano’s vow to turn the ten UC campuses into “living laboratories” to generate solutions that can be adopted on state, national and global levels. “Climate change impacts issues as varied as disease management, food security, ...

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The End of Fast Forward’s Summer Accelerator

For the past 2 weeks, WattTime has been gearing up for two exciting Demo Days. In this blog post, we highlight our team’s experiences presenting at both BlackRock and Google.org, sponsors of Fast Forward’s 2015 summer accelerator. BlackRock is the world’s largest investment firm, with $225 billion in mandates that explicitly address social, ethical or environmental considerations (link). BlackRock is also known for their philanthropy, supporting 20,000 young people all over the world for higher education and 1,942 nonprofit organizations through their programs ...

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