Deirdre Lord on making energy data accessible

The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue, The Energy Entrepreneurship Panel (Part 1)

May 10, 2014

Deirdre Lord, Co-founder of The Megawatt Hour, details how a subscription service brings transparency to utility bills for consumers of electricity and natural gas when everyone should be wanting to save energy. By making data on these deregulated markets accessible and actionable, The Megawatt Hour helps to align business goals with energy decisions. While applauding this transparency, the panel also debates the potential merits of communicating a cultural or social impact — “who died to put the oil in your car” — when considering transparency in energy markets.

Prior to starting The Megawatt Hour, Lord was a co-founder of Juice Energy and was on the management team at Constellation New Energy.

The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue was a symposium on energy and architecture organized by The Architectural League and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in May 2014.

The Energy Issues panel brought together a diverse group of architects and academics along with a filmmaker and a journalist to each present an idea on energy through his or her particular lens.