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ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 25, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Shifting to a January 2017 contract start date, ERC’s national average benchmark price for electricity declined week-over-week by 1.3%, to $0.0717 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest drop in prices last week occurred in the District of Columbia (-3.0%), Delaware (-2.6%), and New Jersey (-2.6%). By contrast, prices increased in Texas (+1.3%). Month-over-month, competitive electricity   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 18, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

The national average benchmark price for a December 2016 electricity contract remained virtually unchanged last week at $0.0726 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest decline in electricity prices last week occurred in Delaware (-2.3%), and to a lesser extent in the District of Columbia (-1.1%). By contrast, prices increased notably in Connecticut (1.9%) and New   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 11, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

The national average benchmark price for a December 2016 electricity contract dropped substantially last week (-2.6%) to $0.0722 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Electricity prices have fluctuated marginally over the past month while gas prices have plummeted. This past week looks like electricity prices have finally moved more in line with the downward trend we have   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 4, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

The national average benchmark price last week for a December 2016 electricity contract increased only slightly (+0.4%) to $0.0741 per kilowatt hour (kWh). In a period with a handful of slight declines, and mostly mild gains, Texas again saw the largest price decline of 1.83%, to $0.0410/kWh, which is still 0.55% higher than this time   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 28, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Following a 19% plunge in natural gas prices over the past two weeks, the Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity dropped by 1.0% last week to $0.0738 per kilowatt hour (kWh).  Texas posted the biggest price decline last week, falling 2.5% to $0.0418/kWh. Texas electricity prices, however, are still almost 4%   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 21, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Moving to a December 2016 prompt month, the Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity held steady last week at $0.0746 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Prices in several states, however, did shift somewhat. In Texas, the average benchmark price jumped 1.5% last week to a level 4% higher than a month ago.   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 14, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

After several weeks of decline, the Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity increased 0.63% last week to $0.0742 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest increase last week was in Texas, where the average benchmark price jumped 3.64 percent. During the past month, Texas electricity prices have shot up 4.18 percent. In   …Continue Reading


How GE plans to make Billions with Predix

Gabriel Bly

On September 14th 2016, General Electric (GE) spent $495 million dollars on Meridium, a company that specializes in building software that monitors and maintains heavy-duty machinery. This is another purchase in a long line of companies that GE has recently acquired in order to support their new IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform, Predix. With   …Continue Reading


Putting People at the Center of Sustainable Building Design

Eliza Clark

Stop for a moment and take a look out your window. While not a measurable environmental benefit, we all know implicitly that daylight and quality views improve our overall mood, health and productivity. Historically, more tangible criteria like energy efficiency and recycling practices have received the most broad-based adoption by businesses. With humans spending 90   …Continue Reading


LEDs Light the Way Toward Residential Lighting Controls

Krystal Maxwell

The market share of LEDs continues to grow, both in the commercial and residential sectors.  According to the DOE, in 2015 the installed base of LEDs in the United States was 6.1%, up from 2.9% in 2014.  While the initial steep cost deterred and prevented many residential customers from purchasing the technology, significant price declines   …Continue Reading