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Genability Ends our Exclusivity

We have an exciting announcement. Genability is now open for business to any and all new energy companies servicing commercial and industrial customers. Today we have lifted all restrictions that might have prevented you from working with us in...

By Jason Riley

Tariff News

New York PSC Guidelines on Presenting Solar Savings

Effective December 1, 2017, solar developers in New York are required by the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) to meet precise guidelines (PDF Download) when presenting savings estimates.  Genability has reviewed these requirements and we have made some data upgrades for...

By John Tucker

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Our New Office at 455 Market

To mark our 7th year anniversary, we’re excited to be writing you from our new office digs!  We just moved down the street and can now be found at 455 Market Street.

By Eric Danziger

Products

Genability Covers the Netherlands

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added Dutch residential utility rates to our database! Our list of covered countries now includes the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, UK, France and the Netherlands.

By Ruben Garcia

Products

France Tariff Triomphe

We’re pleased to announce that Genability has added French residential utility rates to our database! Our list of covered countries now includes the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, UK and France.

By Ruben Garcia

Industry

California's Commitment to Clean Energy

If you believe that we should convert our electricity to renewable sources, the Golden State has a new bill that we recommend you consider supporting, sb-584. This legislation introduced last week would have California to get 100% its electricity from solar,...

By Charity Vargas

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Genability at DistribuTech 2017

DistribuTech, the annual exhibition and conference for all things electric power transmission and distribution was held in San Diego earlier this month. Genability attended for the 1st time this year after the launch of our newest product...

By Eric Danziger

Tariff News

Florida We’ve Got You Covered

Amendment 1, a proposed Florida State constitutional amendment, was widely publicized as a pro-solar referendum. It was found though, to be legislation that would have made residential roof top solar unviable in Florida.

By Charity Vargas

Industry

Bah Humbug to Holiday Lighting Bills

It’s holiday season! That means homes in communities across the America are decorated with colorful displays of cheer. The bright lights and robotic Santas come at a cost though, many homeowners will experience unexpected increases in their...

By Tarpan Dixit

Industry

A Record-Breaking Summer in ERCOT

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages 90% of the electricity market in Texas, recently wrapped up its summer season. Reminiscent of record grid loads in August 2015, the ISO saw some dramatic moments this...

By Kevin Timms

Company

Engineering Offsite in Sonoma

Last week the Engineering team headed out of the office to Sonoma for a team offsite. Their destination was the Kendall-Jackson Wine Garden and Estate, owned by Jackson Family Wines (JFW), to take stock of this year’s...

By Charity Vargas

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Signal: Why It's the Best Rate Engine

Many companies, including some utilities, have attempted to build utility rate engines. While most have ultimately failed or abandoned development due to the complex challenges involved, others cut scope and developed solutions for narrow use-cases. Signal is...

By Tarpan Dixit

Industry

Why Rate Design Matters More Than Ever

We here at Genability think a lot about electricity tariffs, their design and their impact. It’s why we built our latest product Signal, and our company for that matter. We fundamentally believe that the power of price...

By Tarpan Dixit

Industry

The Tesla and SolarCity Big Bundle

In this blog post I’d like to do a thought experiment on the potential benefits should the merger result in Tesla selling a unified product that includes an electric vehicle and an electric generation system (car, solar,...

By Jason Riley

Company

Security and Savings in Amazon VPC

In March 2016, Genability migrated its application servers and databases into Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). We initiated this change anticipating that it would not only provide hard security guarantees, but reduce our infrastructure costs without impacting...

By Patrick Sheehan

Products

Genability Switch: Savings Analysis History

Over the past few weeks we’ve introduced Switch API upgrades including Dash, a web-app to view and troubleshoot savings analyses, and Savings Analysis Watch, which automatically reviews Savings Analysis results for atypical results.

By Jenny Trinh

Products

Genability Switch V4: Introducing Dash

Switch Dash is a visual tool we developed to complement your origination platform and help guarantee that you are generating high quality proposals. This self service web-app takes the power of the Switch APIs and makes them...

By Justin Lee

Products

Genability Switch V4: Accuracy Upgrades

Genability Switch makes it easy to accurately forecast savings and avoided cost, even in markets with increasing regulatory and tariff complexity. With Switch V4, we’ve implemented multiple upgrades to ensure your proposals always reflect accurate solar savings....

By Tarpan Dixit

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Genability Closes a $3 Million Investment

Today we are pleased to announce we have closed a $3 million investment from WindSail Capital. WindSail helps companies that advance energy innovation, with a particular focus on energy sustainability (http://www.windsailcapital.com). They provide debt to companies with...

By Jason Riley

Tariff News

NEM 2.0 in California

The solar industry received great news yesterday when the California Public Utilities Commission approved their proposed decision on NEM 2.0. All major elements of net metering were upheld with no new fixed or demand-based charges. Under NEM...

By John Tucker

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NREL Validates Genability's Accuracy

In a recent evaluation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Genability’s savings calculations matched NREL’s results within 0.5%. NREL evaluated Genability’s tariff calculations against 1,500 California utility bills and performed statistical tests to compare the similarity...

By Tarpan Dixit

Industry

When Policy Changes Impact Savings

Net energy metering (NEM) has been a critical driver in the growth of residential solar over the past decade. There is an ongoing debate between utility companies and proponents of solar energy as to whether net metering...

By Tarpan Dixit

Company

Performance Improvements at Genability

Genability takes API performance very seriously.  We’re committed to continuously improving the performance of our software products as we grow in both functionality and customer adoption. We spent a lot of time this summer enhancing the stability...

By Martin Baker

Products

OpenSavings is Here

How popular is solar PV in your area and how much are people saving? How much does solar cost? What if you live in a San Francisco apartment or a mobile home in Sonoma, versus a typical...

By Ruben Garcia

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Farewell Laylee

It’s a bitter-sweet day. Today is Laylee’s last day at Genability. If you’ve ever emailed, called or visited us, you’ve likely met Laylee.  She’s been our office manager, team cheerleader and Jane-Of-All-Trades for the last three years....

By Jason Riley

Products

Getting Notification of Outages

To ensure you receive timely notification of issues, outages and status of the Genability API and web applications, we are instituting a new support notification process. We promise you the following:

By Jason Riley

Company

Jason speaks at The White House Energy Datapalooza

Speaking this week at The White House Energy Datapalooza, Genability’s CEO Jason Riley announced the launch of the Company’s “Open Solar Savings” initiative. In partnership with the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Genability will be publishing and...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

DOE SunShot’s 1st Hackathon

This week at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, the SunShot Initiative hosted its first ever Hackathon. The event featured 6 teams putting together apps with data provided by Geostellar, NREL, Sun Number, Solar Nexus and...

By Eric Danziger

Products

Canada Rates Now Available

Genability has expanded its tariff coverage to our neighbors up north! We now have Canadian residential and commercial utilities, tariffs, riders and territories available in our Switch and Conduct products.

By Eric Danziger

Products

Looking Forward - Calculating Future Utility Costs

Genability has added forecasted seasonal rates to our Solar Savings calculations.  Not to be confused with utility rate inflation (we’ve got some upgrades coming in this area soon), forecasted seasonal rates allow you to use the most...

By John Tucker

Tariff News

Reviewing the 2014 rates

The month of January is when a majority of utilities release their updated rate plans for the new year.  It has been a busy time for the Genability data team as we reviewed and updated over ten thousand rates...

By San Prabhu

Industry

Former CPUC members observations on NEM

Last week, Mark Ferron, former executive with Deutsche Bank and Salomon Brothers stepped down from his post with the California Public Utility Commission to focus on his battle with prostate cancer.  As an epilogue to his almost...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

DOE Releases SunShot 9 Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has just released the next funding opportunity, SunShot 9.  SunShot 9 will provide funding (non-dilutive capital) to early-stage companies who can decrease the soft costs of solar.  The DOE is looking for...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

David Merkoski : The Smart Grid "Product"

Over the past few years utilities have been striving to bring the outdated infrastructure of the grid into the big data world we live in today where consumer data can be analyzed and turned into insight.  Their...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

Green Button Developer Day

Genability is a big supporter of Green Button and has been actively involved in promoting and supporting the initiative.  This week, Genability participated in the 2nd Green Button Developer Day, held at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo...

By Eric Danziger

Products

Typicals: When You Don't Have Customer Usage Data

We’ve released a new set of typical electricity usage profile data called Typicals.  If you’re working with customers to calculate energy savings and you “typically” ask for their usage data, Genability Typicals will be of some use...

By Eric Danziger

Company

Greenstart's In-House Design Studio

Earlier this year Genability partnered with Greenstart to add their design expertise to our brand development.  We’re extremely excited with the stuff they’ve developed so far and we think you will be too.  Unfortunately, you’ll have to...

By Eric Danziger

Products

Rate Coverage & The Long Tail

When we first started collecting electricity rates we went after the utilities and states with the most customers (California, New York, Florida, etc.).  To date, Genability has collected electricity rates that represent 88% of Residential customers and...

By John Tucker

Company

100 in the Books, Infinity to Go

2 years and 100 sprints later… Genability has accomplished a lot including capturing electricity rate data for the entire country, developing a rate engine to calculate costs, building out a suite of energy savings and connected energy...

By Eric Danziger

Products

What's My Customer's Likely Rate Plan?

Do your customers know what electricity rate plan they are on (most utilities have more than one)?  Most homes and businesses don’t.  If they don’t know, you aren’t going to know either.  Their actual rate plan is one...

By John Tucker

Company

Genability Partnering with Greenstart

We are pleased to announce that Genability is partnering with Greenstart to bring their expertise in design thinking to our team.  They will be an integral part of all product design and development moving forward.  Greenstart is...

By Jason Riley

Industry

Genability Connected Home Customers at CES 2013

This week in Las Vegas is the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Companies every year wait for this annual event to highlight their newest products, features and gadgets.  Some previous products announced at CES include the...

By Eric Danziger

Company

Genability speaks at White House Energy Datapalooza

Some of the most exciting and innovative cleantech software companies gathered Monday in Washington, D.C for the first ever “Energy Datapalooza”. The event was hosted by the Obama Administration, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and U.S. CTO Todd Park...

By Eric Danziger

Products

New Explorer Help Center

Genability has launched a new Explorer Help Center.  Get answers to FAQs, report a problem and access blog posts highlighting new Explorer features.  The site also includes helpful resources like how-to guides and video tutorials on how...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

Lowe’s Iris Smart Home System

Lowe’s, the home improvement and appliance retailer, announced today their cloud-based home energy management system, Iris, is now available to purchase online and will be offered in 500 stores by the end of August. 

By Eric Danziger

Tariff News

Pricy Power for PG&E Customers!

Today and tomorrow are the first Peak-Day Pricing (PDP) events of 2012 for Pacific Gas & Electric. That means that for commercial customers throughout Northern California electricity is about to get very expensive.

By Eric Danziger

Tariff News

PG&E Residential Rates Get a New Tier

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has done a re-org to their residential rate structure.   In an effort to show a more accurate cost of generation and encourage conservation, PG&E’s new rate structure converts generation and distribution...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

Spotlight on Genability Customers

While every company loves their customers, Genability has the great opportunity to work with companies who share our goal of making cheap, clean and abundant power a reality for all of us. They are rethinking how homes...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

SunShot Incubator Soft Cost Awardees

A number of people have asked about who else is working to reduce soft costs. Here’s document the DOE SunShot team put together with information about all the recent SunShot Incubator awardee’s and their projects. We are...

By Eric Danziger

Tariff News

Hot times in NYC today

It’s hardly news to anyone on the East Coast that it’s hot today, but did you know it’s affecting what you pay for electricity?  If you’re on the Voluntary Time-of-Day pricing in Manhattan today you’re paying a...

By John Tucker

Industry

Cleanweb Solar Hackathon in Oakland 2012

Since the inaugural launch in San Francisco in September 2011, Cleanweb has gone national.  Cleanweb hackathons are designed to gather innovative programmers, designers and entrepreneurs to bring attention to and create technologies that solve environmental issues in...

By Eric Danziger

Company

Tap the Rockies at the Cleanweb Boulder Hackathon

San Francisco, New York, Boston and now Boulder. This weekend, Cleanweb Hackathon takes over Boulder! Genability is thrilled to sponsor another Cleanweb event and we are joined by Tendril, SendGrid, SimpleEnergy, Softlayer and VisionRidge Partners.

By Eric Danziger

Company

Lowe's+Genability

This summer, our customer, Lowe’s, the home improvement and appliance retailer, will be entering into the smart home market with the introduction of an affordable, cloud-based home management system, Iris.  “Lowe’s has been watching the smart home...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

Cleanweb Hackathon in Boston May 2012

This past weekend, Cleanweb Hackathon hosted its third event.  The first two, San Francisco and New York, were both huge successes so there were big expectations for Boston. The event included 16 teams with close to 80 hackers....

By Eric Danziger

Industry

Texas is Different

Texas is the only U.S. state that used to be its own country and it’s the only state that isn’t served by either the Eastern or Western Interconnection. It was the first state to deregulate its electricity suppliers...

By John Tucker

Industry

MIT's "Cubic Solar Energy"

Researchers at MIT are hard at work on the problem of solar efficiency, and lowering the cost per kilowatt on solar panels. A few weeks ago, senior researcher Jeffrey Grossman presented his findings on a new type...

By Carson Riley

Industry

Genability Supports Fast-Growing Green Button

24 hours after the Green Button initiative was announced in January, Genability Explorer and APIs supported the Green Button XML format, and with good reason.  The two requirements for precise electricity pricing are correct tariff data and...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

An Insight into Net Metering

While net metering is nothing new in the world of energy, for the past 20 years, more and more investor and state owned utilities have been expanding these policies to make it easier for consumer to become...

By Carson Riley

Tariff News

Smart Grid 2.0, So What Does That Mean?

When smart meters began emerging, many customers viewed them as costly automated meter-readers that made life easier only for the utility companies, possessed no real benefit and compelled little customer interaction.  Beneficial or not, in a GTM...

By Eric Danziger

Company

Genability Newsletter

Getting Genability news just got easier.  Now you can sign up to receive monthly updates from the Genability Newsletter for news about what we are doing and where we are going, Explorer product updates and Blog Spotlights....

By John Tucker

Products

Tariff Territories Explained

Many utility companies charge different rates based on the geographic location of the customer.  This is particularly true in CA, NY and MA where utilities such as California’s PG&E and SoCal Edison implement territory based pricing.  Up...

By Emile Baizel

Tariff News

The "Green Button" Benefits!

The New York City area has some of the highest electricity pricing in the country and for a consumer to start saving on his electricity bill, he first needs to know and understand his usage and how...

By San Prabhu

Company

Setting the Standards

On the heels of U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra’s challenge to utility companies to launch a “Green Button” that would ensure consumers have timely access to their own energy data in consumer-friendly and computer-friendly formats, the North American...

By Eric Danziger

Company

How to get your Green Data

The newly launched Green Button Initiative asked utility companies to ensure that consumers have timely access to their own energy data in consumer-friendly and computer-friendly formats.  Now, California’s three major utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California...

By Eric Danziger

Company

Genability is now Green Button Ready!

Today, California’s three big utilities – Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric – formally launched their Green Buttons. Not to be out done, we are announcing our support of the...

By John Tucker

Products

Genability Explorer On Demand

We’ve been very busy over the past few weeks, and not just with the holidays.  We’ve been busy processing the deluge of new year rate updates including Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas...

By John Tucker

Company

Lowe's Chooses Genability for Smart Home Initiative

Genability is excited to announce that Lowe’s is using Genability’s technology in Iris, its new cloud-based smart home solution.  Iris is an affordable system that gives homeowners the ability to control and interact with their home from...

By Eric Danziger

Products

Electricity Tariff Glossary

Since we launched Genability at the end of last year, we’ve been often asked for a quick start to understanding electricity tariffs.  With that in mind,we put together a simple glossary of electricity tariff features, complete with...

By John Tucker

Industry

History of Home Energy Management offerings

In 2011 there was a battle brewing among electronics retailers (Best Buy, Home Depot, and others), Telecommunications Companies (Verizon, AT&T & others) and Cable Companies (Comcast, others). The battle is for the control of your home, or...

By Robb Miller

Industry

Solar Project Pipelinein 2011

While there has been much focus on the Solyndra bankruptcy in solar news lately, the U.S. project pipeline is seeing massive growth in photovoltaic project development due to large cuts over the summer in solar module prices....

By Eric Danziger

Industry

PG&E Interactive Energy Bus Stop

Yesterday, I passed a MUNI bus stop here in San Francisco and something caught my eye. I’ve seen interactive bus stops before so seeing a couple of kids playing with the screen didn’t stop me to take...

By Matthew Fong

Industry

Cleanweb Hackathon 2011

Sunday, September 11, concluded the inaugural Cleanweb Hackathon. Fourteen teams of developers and engineers gathered together with the goal of integrating information technology and sustainable business through the use of diverse datasets and APIs. The CleanWeb Hackathon...

By Eric Danziger

Company

Team TACO 2011

Our own developers Matt Fong and Michael Ihle came up with the winning hack, a project they call TACO (True Annual Cost of Ownership). Essentially it works like this: Simply install a Google Chrome extension on your...

By Robb Miller

Products

Real time vs caching data

One question we hear a lot is whether our pricing data is intended to be cached or served up real time.  The short answer is that we design our APIs to be accessed real time.  One of...

By Emile Baizel

Industry

65,443 MW System Peak in Texas

Texas is more than a month into a brutal heatwave that is straining the electrical grid and setting temperature records, electricity usage records, and power pricing records. It was 105 degrees F in Austin and 109 degrees...

By Robb Miller

Industry

Access your electric meter data

If you want to take control of your power you need get access to your own real-time energy consumption data. (Preferably on your smartphone or at least through a web-service). Don’t worry we’ll walk you through the...

By Robb Miller

Tariff News

Peakshaving through the Heat Wave

In parts of New England, wholesale spot prices for electricity hit $560 per megawatt hour on friday, 10 times annual average prices. The PJM Interconnection announced that it set a new record for Peak Power Use by...

By Robb Miller

Industry

Cleantech IT-The Next Wave

Rob Day recently released an interesting article on GreenTechMedia entitled “The Rise of Information-Based Cleantech.”  His main point is that over the past decade most ‘Cleantech VCs’ poured tons of cash into commodity-oriented cleantech plays that really didn’t fit...

By Eric Danziger

Industry

Utility Smart Meters

If you catch one of the PG&E SmartMeter (tm) ads on TV, you might get excited by what they promise. The ads are slickly produced, with customers describing how cool it is to ‘See Your Power,’ receive...

By Robb Miller

Products

Time of Use and Holidays

As part of our continued effort to provide the most accurate electricity pricing data on the market, we now support holiday pricing.  Most utilities that have time-of-use or time-of-day rates treat weekdays differently than weekends and treat...

By Emile Baizel

Industry

A Problem of Understanding

If the average person doesn’t understand how electricity prices are structured, how are they going to save money on their bill? The recent Deloitte reSources 2011 Study indicates that only 38% of people claim they understand the...

By Carson Riley

Tariff News

About Tariffs

Electricity tariffs are the contract between a utility and its customers.  In the past selecting your electricity tariff was like choosing the color of your Model T, there was no choice.  That’s changing as Utility Commissions push...

By John Tucker

Company

Hackathon Ideas that might save the planet

We’re going to be one of the judges and prize-givers at this weekends HAPI Hack Weekend in our own San Francisco. There will be 100+ developers slinging code all weekend using our and other companies’ APIs. If...

By Jason Riley

Industry

New Energy Datasets and APIs

The Genability Application Programming Interface (API) is just one of many energy-focused APIs that are available to developers. We encourage creative mash-ups of our electricity pricing data with other energy apps and datasets. We think that the...

By Robb Miller

Company

HAPI Hackathon Weekend, May 2011

This past weekend we were thrilled to be part of TokBox’s HAPI hacker’s weekend.  It was Genability’s first time getting in front of developers and we were very impressed with the creative ideas people came up with...

By Emile Baizel

Industry

Home Energy Monitors - Devices Reviewed

An energy device is a great step towards achieving some real home energy savings. My wife and I offered to split our savings with our kids and we’ve turned them into energy efficiency entrepreneurs!

By Robb Miller

Industry

Data Center Energy Costs and Usage

Facebook users share over 25 billion pieces of content, and view 500 billion pages, every month. (One of Facebook’s clusters has over 2250 machines and 23,000 cores, compressing 80-90 TB of data every day). Similarly, Linkedin crunches...

By Robb Miller

Products

We're Getting Territorial!

We’ve just added Territories to our data API’s which give you accurate geo-location based pricing data.  Give us a zip code and we’ll give you: a list of utilities that provide service in that zip code a...

By Emile Baizel

Industry

Solar and Time of Use Tariffs

Every time I see solar-panels littered on rooftops, I think “Now there’s someone who is choosing to make a positive impact on the world around them.”

By Robb Miller

Tariff News

Major League Baseball Coverage

You could not describe a more perfect San Francisco spring day than the one we’re having today.  Bright and sunny, in the mid-80s – it’s perfect for Opening Day.  After 6 weeks of practice in the desert,...

By John Tucker

Company

A Greener Workplace

Last week we moved into our new office. As a company that strives to be environmentally sensitive in everything we do we tried to pick products for our new office from companies that align with that goal....

By Charity Vargas

Industry

Vampire Gadgets power use while on standby

Energy Vampires account for 10 percent of residential electricity use. Solutions abound: get energy bars for all your gadgets, and use them! Try out The Energy Detective, which measures how much energy is being used in the...

By Robb Miller

Industry

Translating Your Electric Bill

If you’ve never spent any time thinking about electricity rates, you’re not alone.  For the past century electricity consumers have been supplied with cheap, reliable electricity on the unspoken condition that we don’t notice that our local...

By John Tucker

Company

Current Hiring

In general we are looking for passionate, hard working believers. If you are intelligent and have these qualities, your are in a minority (sad to say), and you should consider working with likeminded people - like Genability....

By Jason Riley