From yahoo news:
Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Opower today joined with 16 utilities to launch a social energy app at http://social.opower.com. With an initial reach of 20 million households, the effort is one of the most significant to date, enabling people to take action and become more energy efficient. Leveraging the Facebook platform, the app allows people to quickly and easily start benchmarking their home’s energy usage against similar homes, compare energy use with friends, enter energy-saving competitions, and share tips on how to become more energy efficient.
See also: Opower Press Release
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Abstract: Several powerful forces are gathering to make fundamental and irrevocable changes to the century-old grid. The next-generation grid, often called the `smart grid,’ will feature distributed energy production, vastly more storage, tens of millions of stochastic renewable-energy sources, and the use of communication technologies both to allow precise matching of supply to demand and to incentivize appropriate consumer behaviour. These changes will have the effect of reducing energy waste and reducing the carbon footprint of the grid, making it `smarter’ and `greener.’