I’m Matt Duesterberg - founder of OhmConnect, an energy-sharing service that pays you to reduce electricity. AMA
Hi, my name is Matt Duesterberg. I started OhmConnect five years ago to help shift our electricity world into a clean, sustainable one. As crazy as it sounds, the electricity sector has not really changed much over the past 100 years, but the lowering cost of renewables are starting to shift the sector. One of the challenges is how to balance the grid with renewable supply.
OhmConnect pays users to reduce electricity during the times when the grid needs to balance renewables (think when the sun goes down, a cloud goes overhead, or a spike in electricity usage occurs). Instead of paying a dirty power plant to come on, we pay users to reduce electricity. We currently are connected to users in California and Toronto, Canada via connections to PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, and Toronto Hydro.
I have been amazed by the interest and excitement about OhmConnect. With just a team of 20, in a small office in San Francisco, we have built four large “virtual power plants” that are replacing the use of dirty, gas generation.
When I started my career, I was trading electricity futures on the east coast. The job was lucrative, but when I really thought about what I was doing, I realized that more needed to be done. I wanted to make a difference. I think we all have the desire to make sure we are able to see humanity continue forward and prosper, but do not know how to combat some of the looming societal challenges, such as climate change. I built OhmConnect to provide that pathway. You can make a difference and we are putting the power in your hands to do so.
Sorry for the long introduction. Feel free to ask me anything!
UPDATE: Happy earth day everyone! Be sure to get out and enjoy the sunshine :)