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April 21, 2017 – Choosing the Cheapest Plan: Smart Meter Data and Retail Choice in Texas
April 21, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Download Zack and Michael’s presentation HERE.
Zack Korman and Michael Hays are the cofounders of Awesome Power Texas, a free website that helps Texas residents find the cheapest electricity plan for their homes. Awesome Power Texas uses a person’s smart meter electricity usage data to calculate an expected cost for every available electricity plan in Texas.
Zack and Michael’s presentation will focus on inefficiencies in the retail electricity market, analyzed from the perspective of the consumer. The first part of the presentation will consider the problems with Power to Choose, and the effect that Power to Choose has had on the retail market. The second part of the presentation will outline what Awesome Power Texas does, why it is a necessary development in this market, and the challenges ahead. The presentation will also touch on the topic of smart meter data access and Smart Meter Texas. Read more about Awesome Power Texas in this article from the Houston Chronicle.
Michael Hays and Zack Korman were both students prior to creating Awesome Power Texas. Zack Korman went to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where he studied law. He graduated with the highest marks in his class, and then went to Oxford, where he received a master’s in law and finance. Michael Hays went to the University of Texas, where he studied mechanical engineering. He was the captain of the Ultimate (Frisbee) team during his senior year at UT, and currently plays Ultimate professionally for Austin Sol.
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