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Power Over Energy® is an energy literacy initiative focused on educating, empowering, and motivating us to make smart decisions about the way we use energy and water. Since we launched in 2013, our social media campaign has reached nearly 150 million consumers and built and engaged a vibrant global community primarily through Facebook. The initiative, first led by Silver Spring Networks (now Itron), is backed by a coalition of business, nonprofit, and government organizations. Our goal is to increase awareness about the impact of our current energy consumption, the benefits of energy efficiency, the interconnectedness between energy and water, and the importance of modernizing the electricity grid and deploying smart city technologies. See our full list of coalition members below.

Who's behind all this?

Itron

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world.

Clean Coalition

The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit working to accelerate America’s transition towards clean local energy systems. They believe in expanding the use of distributed renewable energy by creating fair, transparent, and effective policies and programs. Across America, local renewables can provide more reliable, more affordable power for consumers. Smart policy will also spur economic development and help communities turn underused spaces — from rooftops to parking lots — into energy-generating spaces.

U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) recognizes that our nation’s sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depend on access to an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy’s efforts to ensure a resilient, reliable, and flexible electricity system. OE accomplishes this mission through research, partnerships, facilitation, modeling and analytics, and emergency preparedness.

Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation

The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation focuses on advancing the adoption and application of new technologies that will strengthen and transform the power grid. IEI’s members are the investor-owned electric utilities that represent about 70 percent of the US electric power industry. The membership is committed to an affordable, reliable, secure, and clean energy future. IEI promotes the sharing of information, ideas, and experiences among regulators, policy makers, technology companies, thought leaders, and the electric power industry. IEI also identifies policies that support the business case for the adoption of cost-effective technologies.

Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. With world attention focused on the environment and the economy, EDF works to develop win-win solutions that can benefit both. With programs from Boston to Beijing, EDF tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches.

Global Green USA

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.

Green Ninja

The Green Ninja inspires young people to take action on climate through engaging videos and practical school-based curriculum. Related educational materials are used to support teachers in the classroom and promote hands-on learning experiences for students. The media and educational resources use storytelling and community action to help make solutions-based science interesting and relevant for students from all backgrounds.

GridWise Alliance

GridWise Alliance is a coalition of public and private stakeholders that advocates for a smarter grid for the public good. The Alliance facilitates the effective collaboration among stakeholders to promote, educate, and advocate for the adoption of innovative smart grid solutions. These solutions will achieve economic and environmental benefits for customers, communities, shareholders and society.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is organized to involve principal officers and senior managers of member companies in a cooperative effort with local, regional, state, and federal government officials to address major public policy issues affecting the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley.

Smart Cities Council

Smart Cities Council envisions a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. To tap into the transformative power of smart technologies, cities need a trusted, neutral advisor. The Smart Cities Council provides that help. We are a network of leading companies advised by top universities, laboratories and standards bodies.

Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative

The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that works to learn the wants and needs of energy consumers in the United States, encourage the collaborative sharing of best practices in consumer engagement among industry stakeholders, and educate the public about the benefits of the smart grid.

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Sustainable Silicon Valley is leading the Silicon Valley community to create a more sustainable future. We do this by engaging and collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, and community organizations to identify and help address the highest priority environmental issues in the Valley.

Webber Energy Group

The Webber Energy Group is a research group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UT Austin that addresses critical energy and environmental issues at the intersection of engineering, policy and commercialization. The group engages undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic researchers from a variety of engineering, policy, and scientific disciplines. The team also includes talented media and administrative professionals to help communicate our research to the public.

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