Reach Out to Finance Execs With Data They Understand

Carl Weinschenk

Many approaches to gathering energy data from buildings and the equipment running within them are available. The challenge is finding ways to benefit from the mountain of data that is created. Ways must be found to use the data to build business cases and be understood by the C-level executives who ultimately must sign off on projects.

Energy Trust of Oregon Exceeded 2015 Goals

Carl Weinschenk

The Energy Trust of Oregon said this week that last year it saved its participating customers, which are a mix of businesses and consumers, $362 million on energy bills.

Mercy Housing, Promise Energy Teaming Up

Carl Weinschenk

Mercy Housing and Promise Energy have entered a partnership to increase access to solar energy in the affordable housing market, according

30 Environmental Advocacy Groups Call on NARUC for Holistic Rate-Setting Guidelines

Cheryl Kaften

On June 23, the leaders of 32 national and state environmental advocacy groups sent a letter to Travis Kavulla, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), asking for “frank discussions … of the rapidly evolving electricity rate-design issues arising in today’s fast-changing energy landscape.”

New York State’s Summer of Energy

Carl Weinschenk

It apparently will be the summer of energy in New York, as the state aggressively pushes programs aimed at building efficiencies.

Chicago Church Strives for Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

A National Catholic Reporter feature describes the progress toward energy efficiency being made at St. Mary of the Angels Church in the Bucktown section of the north side of Chicago.

Small, Medium Size Commercial Building Efficiency Market to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

Navigant Research estimates that the retrofit market for small and medium (size) commercial buildings (SMCBs) – those as large as 100,000 square feet – will grow from $24.1 billion this year to $38.6 billion in 2025.

ERC: Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending June 24, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends ERC’s average benchmark price for retail electricity in the 13 restructured states declined slightly last week (-0.29%) to $0.0748 per kilowatt hour. The sharpest drop was seen in the District of Columbia (-1.85%), followed by Delaware (-1.34%), and Pennsylvania (-1.15%). Conversely, the average benchmark price rose in Texas (+1.04%) and New   …Continue Reading

FERC Rules Against Tri-State Fee on Local Renewable Power

Cheryl Kaften

In a unanimous decision (Docket No. EL16-39-000) issued June 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) struck down a fee imposed by Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association on its wholesale electric customers – among them, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) – when purchase up to 5 percent of their power from other energy from other local qualifying facilities that generate renewable energy (such as solar or wind capacity).

Marin Clean Energy to Reduce Rates and Expand Service Area in September

Cheryl Kaften

Marin Clean Energy (MCE) – California’s first community choice aggregator, serving ratepayers since 2010 – announced on June 22 that it would reduce electricity rates by an average of 9 percent, effective September 1.