Columnists: Cheryl Kaften

Could Cleaner Energy Save Ohio Ratepayers $50M in 2030, Alone?

An economic study released on October 24 finds that a solid mix of energy efficiency and clean energy in Ohio could provide savings of between $28.8 million and $50.9 million for Ohio electricity customers in 2030 alone.

Yakima City Council Mulls Utility Rate Hike on Large Businesses to Bolster Reserve Fund

In an effort to make headway in adding $5 million to the city’s rainy day fund, the Yakima, Washington, City Council is considering increasing taxes on businesses that use large amounts of electricity or natural gas, the Yakima Herald reported on October 25.

Avista Lauds ‘Fair’ Settlement in Idaho Rate Case

Avista ‘s 128,000 electric customers in Idaho can expect to pay higher retail prices as of next January 1 – but not as astronomically high as originally requested by the investor-owned utility.

BGE’s SEED Program Offers Energy Discounts to 19 Commercial Customers

Since its launch in September 2015, the Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Smart Energy Economic Development (SEED) Program has approved economic incentives for 19 businesses – which are expected to contribute to the addition of nearly 2,400 new jobs in Maryland.

Retailer Offers 100% Solar Plan in Texas

For residential ratepayers who want their power to be supported by Texas sunshine, retail energy provider (REP) Reliant has a new solution, the 100% Solar 12 Plan – which offers a fixed electricity price for 12 months, based on solar renewable energy credits products in Texas.

Under Hawaiian Electric’s New TOU Pilot Plan, Time Is Money

Hawaiian Electric announced the rates for its new, optional Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate Program on October 19 – outlining that, overall, customers will be charged less for power used during the day – when insolation is highest – and more at night. The utility will allow 5,000 customers to enroll in its two-year pilot program, effective immediately.

SCE&G Retail Rate Adjustment Will Be Close to Break-Even for Customers

The Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina has approved an increase of $64.4 million, or about 2.66 percent (Docket No. 2016-224-E), to the retail electric rates of South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G),the utility announced on October 19.

Insider ‘Outs’ Misleading Strategy Behind Florida’s Solar Amendment 1

On November 8, Florida voters will either support or reject Amendment 1, which would add a section to the Sunshine State’s constitution giving residents the right to own or lease solar energy equipment for personal use; while also enacting constitutional protection for any state or local law ensuring that residents who do not produce solar energy can abstain from subsidizing its production.

Mississippi Watchdog: Kemper Syngas Operations Could Raise Costs by 288%

When talking about the Kemper Project clean coal power plant, it’s easy to get fixated on the plant’s capital costs, now up to nearly $6.9 billion. However, according to the consumer advocacy organization, Mississippi Watchdog, there is an even more expensive iceberg lurking below the surface – the cost of operating and maintaining the newly converted syngas (synthesis gas made from lignite coal) facility.

Key Trends: Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement and Spend 2016

The U.S. private sector is mobilizing around clean energy, according to findings of a new research report released on October 18 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF).