Matt O’Keefe

Matt O’Keefe

Oracle Energy & Water

Head of Opower at Oracle Energy & Water

Matt O’Keefe is the Head of Opower, a part of Oracle Energy & Water. Opower is the world’s leading behavioral energy efficiency, DSM and customer engagement platform. In this role, he sets the strategic direction and oversees the global operations of Opower. Opower’s committed team members' work with Opower’s customers around the globe to develop and implement energy efficiency, demand response, customer engagement, and smart grid projects. To date, Opower software has saved over 33TWh of energy helping utilities meet climate goals.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the California Efficiency and Demand Management Council since 2017 and previously on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance from 2014-2016.

Prior to joining Opower, Matt worked with leaders of energy efficiency businesses, investor-owned utilities, and regulatory bodies to expand and stabilize the market for efficiency-focused companies while at the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. His work in the efficiency industry was informed by various positions in municipal government, non-profits, politics, and education.

Matt is a former Teach For America corps member and has degrees from UCLA and The George Washington University. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and daughter.

All Sessions by Matt O’Keefe

DAY 02 | Friday February 3, 2023
12:30 - 13:30

Executive Dialogue 4 – Creating 10GW market for Demand Flexibility by 2030

New Delhi

Launch of the whitepaper titled "Customer Engagement – A tool for Utility driven for Utility Demand Side Management."

Session Brief: The increasing share of renewables in India’s grid power and proliferation of decentralized power generation has created the need for demand flexibility, amongst other solutions for cost-effective renewable grid integration. While demand-side management is not a new concept for India, demand flexibility to support renewable integration and decarbonization is relatively new and is limited to small-scale pilots in a few states. Distribution utilities must also purchase expensive electricity to meet critical peak demand. The Central Electricity Authority projects the country’s peak demand to grow from 203 GW to 366 GW between 2021-22 and 2031-32. The reforms in the wholesale power market, bringing ancillary services into the market, increasing proliferation of smart meters, and smart grid technologies make demand flexibility feasible in important demand sectors such as buildings that have a share of more than 30% in India’s electricity consumption. Buildings with new energy technologies have the potential to interact with the grid rather than only passively drawing power from the grid. Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) have a holistically optimised blend of energy efficiency, energy storage, renewable energy, and load flexibility technologies enabled through smart controls and building occupants’ behaviour.

The session will discuss the strategies and way forward for the Indian grid to scale-up demand flexibility measures and create an ecosystem for demand flexibility. The session will discuss the technology and infrastructure needed for demand flexibility which also has the potential to enhance grid resilience, regulatory reforms and business models to establish and accelerate the market for demand flexibility in India.