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Western EIM Benefits Are Up to Nearly $65M with NV Energy Participation

Cheryl Kaften

The California Independent System Operator (CAL-ISO) reported on April 30 that cost benefits of the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) were $18.9 million during the first three months of 2016, for total benefits of $64.6 million since its launch two years ago.


FirstEnergy Ohio Seeks Changes to Rate Plan to Ensure Price Stability for Customers

Cheryl Kaften

FirstEnergy – an investor-owned utility that serves 2.2 million ratepayers in the Buckeye State –filed (Docket No. 14-1297-EL-SSO) with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on May 2 for modifications to its recently approved Electric Security Plan (ESP IV) in order to protect customers from future retail price increases.


Utility Data Aggregation: How to Take the Best Approach

Jennifer Hermes

Energy services and software providers tend to perform a variety of strategic activities, including performing building audits, evaluating peak demand, implementing energy efficiency products for customers, qualifying customers’ risks in deregulated energy markets, creating detailed energy reports, etc. All of these activities have one, rather cumbersome thing in common: they require the aggregation of utility data, and manual approaches are inefficient and   …Continue Reading


Making the IoT Work for Building Managers

Carl Weinschenk

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is perhaps the biggest telecommunications and information technology story of the decade. Suddenly, it is possible to measure and control processes and procedures at a granular level unheard of in the past. It is, for better or worse, revolutionary. It is also difficult to implement. Slapping a   …Continue Reading


There’s Nothing More Sacred Than Coal in Coal Country. Ask Hillary Clinton

Ken Silverstein

Hillary Clinton gets a taste of what coal means to coal country.


SunPower and the Army Work on Solar Project in Alabama

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, AL, the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the Army Garrison have been working with SunPower Corp. to finalize details and construct a solar facility on Redstone Arsenal, according to The Redstone Rocket. The facility will generate about 18,000 MW of renewable energy. Since   …Continue Reading


Climate and Energy Policies Working

Carl Weinschenk

Proud Green Building today posted a piece on the success of climate and energy policies in commercial and residential buildings in the United States. The post cites Wall Street Journal estimates that 15 cities in the United States have benchmarking and disclosure laws. Some cities have “stretch” building codes in place that require new buildings   …Continue Reading


ERC: Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending April 29, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC national average benchmark price for retail electricity increased 1.4% last week to $0.0736 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Prices increased in each deregulated market. New England states experienced the largest jumps in pricing, with Connecticut increasing 2.7%, Maine increasing 2.1%, and Rhode Island increasing 2.0 percent. Despite a 1.8% price increase in   …Continue Reading


Xcel Energy Files to Refund $15M to Colorado Electric Customers

Cheryl Kaften

Xcel Energy filed with the Colorado Public Utility Commission (CPUC) on April 29 for approval to refund $14.9 million to its 1.4 million Colorado electricity customers (Docket No. 14AL-0660E) via a credit on their monthly bills.


New Retail Marketplace, MassEnergyRates.com, Launches in the Bay State

Cheryl Kaften

Retail electric customers in Massachusetts now have an energy marketplace on which they can investigate and compare competitive energy prices and plans.


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