Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie took the occasion of his keynote address at the Edison Electric Institute on June 24 to introduce the U.S. utility industry to Microsoft Hohm, a new online application that enables home and business energy consumers to better understand their power usage, get personalized electricity saving recommendations and become a part of the clean energy community.

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As part of the press announcement accompanying Mundie’s speech, Microsoft is partnering with four industry leading partners for its introduction of Hohm, including Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, Xcel Energy and Puget Sound Energy. Hohm is intended for any residential consumer wishing to lower their energy bill and reduce their impact on the environment. The application will be available in a few days at no cost to anyone in the United States and will be can be accessed directly by visiting www.microsoft-hohm.com.

Hohm is the connecting component for Microsoft’s view of how utilities will connect and integrate in the future. Hohm will eventually allow utilities and customers to react to price and usage signals and bring price rationality into the consumption and use of electricity. In order to capitalize on this new capability, utilities will seek new analytics, collaboration and communication tools, as well as greater flexibility for database, server and business process solutions.

A wide range of supporting information on the integrated utility will continue to be made available to you. More publicly available information about Hohm can be viewed at:

· Blog: http://blog.microsoft-hohm.com

· Provide Feedback: http://feedback.microsoft-hohm.com

· Twitter: www.twitter.com/microsofthohm (@microsofthohm)

We’ll be writing more on Hohm in coming days, I can assure you. – Jon Arnold