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Nuclear Bailout Still Could ‘Blow’ Chances for Illinois House Amendment 3

Cheryl Kaften

Exelon Generation and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) announced on November 30 that they had reached an agreement with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) on the controversial Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB2814), House Amendment 3. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties are mandating an overall cost cap on all measures within the bill.


Caesars Files to Cut Ties with NV Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Caesars Entertainment formally applied to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on November 23 (Docket Nos. 16-11035 and 16-11034) to withdraw as a retail customer of NV Energy and “to purchase energy, capacity, and … ancillary services from a provider of new electric resources.”


Chicago Releases Third Year Energy Benchmarking Results

Carl Weinschenk

This week, Chicago officials released a progress report on its three-year-old energy benchmarking project. The executive summary of the report says that almost 2,700 building are in the program. Of those, more than 1,200 properties have been tracked for either one or two consecutive or all three years. They have saved about $17.8 million in energy   …Continue Reading


Building Automation Sector on Fast Growth Track

Carl Weinschenk

Two studies released in recent weeks show that building automation continues to grow. Last week, Transparency Market Research released an assessment of the global commercial building automation market. The category, the organization said, was expected to be valued at $77.63 billion by end last year and to reach $108.49 billion by 2024. That represents a   …Continue Reading


Perovskite Holds Great Promise for Solar, LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The element perovskite could lead to big changes in the solar and LED categories, according to recently reported upon research. Perovskite, according to a website that focuses solely on the mineral, is superconductive and magnetoresistance. Its structure, the site says, makes it “perfect for enabling low-cost, efficient photovoltaics.” It also will be a factor in   …Continue Reading


Ohio Submeterers Argue They Should Retain Ability to Add Extra Fees to Customer Bills

Cheryl Kaften

Last month, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ruled (Docket No. 15-1594-AU-COI) that submetering businesses can be regulated, if their total bill exceeds the price that would have been charged by a regulated utility by a yet-to-be-determined percentage. In response, two Ohio submetering companies now are saying that – if they are to be controlled by the state’s regulators – they want to be able to retain their ability to add charges as they see fit, according to a January 18 report by The Columbus Dispatch.


NYS Governor Cuomo Pledges $4.2 M to Fund Energy Efficiency Training for Building Workers

Cheryl Kaften

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on January 16 that he was making $4.2 million available to train building operations and maintenance workers on best practices to promote energy efficiency and reduce energy bills in buildings statewide.


Multinational Group Advocates for Hydrogen as Next Top Fuel, Energy Storage Source

Cheryl Kaften

Over a dozen leading multinational companies have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and an energy storage material, according to a January 18 report by the Phys.Org News Service.


DNV GL: Cost Reductions the Key Motivator for Energy Efficiency Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Key findings The Commercial Facility Pulse Survey Commercial managers, which was released yesterday by risk management firm DNV GL, include: LEDs deployment are the most common energy efficiency projects. Cost reduction is the most important motivational factor in getting projects off the ground. Setting energy reduction goals doubles the chances that investments are made. States with   …Continue Reading


New Castle, NY, Recognized by NYSERDA in Small Community Category

Carl Weinschenk

New Castle, NY has been named the first small locality to be designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The award is earmarked for communities with fewer than 40,000 residents. New Castle, which is in Westchester County, completed four of 10 high impact clean energy actions,   …Continue Reading


IKEA Deploys Fourth Fuel Cell

Carl Weinschenk

Furniture retailer IKEA has installed a fourth biogas-powered fuel cell in a California store, according to the company. The installation was at its San Diego location. All the stores also have solar arrays. Combined, IKEA will generate 1.5 MW of energy via the cells. A fifth fuel cell is planned, the company said. The press   …Continue Reading


Massachusetts AG Healey Challenges $96M Retail Rate Increase Request from Eversource

Cheryl Kaften

Vowing to fight against unjustified utility profits at the expense of customers, on January 17, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced her opposition to Eversource electric company’s request to increase its customers’ retail rates by $96 million.