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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


China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

Sara Gutterman

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy. Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the   …Continue Reading


ERC: Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending April 25, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC national average benchmark price for retail electricity slightly increased again last week by 1.1% to $0.0728 per kilowatt hour. Prices increased in each restructured market, except Texas, which remains the market with the lowest average benchmark price for retail electricity. The biggest price increases last week were in Delaware (3.4%), Maryland (2.4%)    …Continue Reading


What is a Smart Thermostat? Algorithms

Paige Leuschner

There is no clear definition of a smart thermostat. In fact, as more offerings have entered the market, the definition of a smart thermostat has become more misunderstood. Some consider a thermostat “smart” if it has two-way communications (i.e., you can view and change settings on your smartphone). However, this is simply inaccurate. This type   …Continue Reading


Communication is key: How utilities can perfect their customer communications strategy

Paul DeCotis

Utilities are constantly communicating with customers; verbally and non-verbally, as well as proactively and reactively. While utilities communicate knowingly and at will, there are times they communicate without much thought. Like eating – when aware of it, it becomes planned, deliberate, and can be a very positive experience. When not aware, it is rote and   …Continue Reading


ERC: Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending April 15, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends With the prompt month shifting to June 2016, ERC’s national average benchmark price for retail electricity increased last week to $0.0720 per kilowatt hour. Prices increased less than 1.0% in each of the restructured states, with Massachusetts and Rhode Island experiencing the largest increases of 0.9 percent. Texas and Illinois currently have the lowest average   …Continue Reading


Boost Investor Confidence and Watch America’s Energy Market Transform

Mary Barber

A recent decision by New Jersey utility regulators to standardize energy efficiency procedures for commercial buildings could have a major impact – not just on the Garden State – but on energy markets nationwide. The reason: It gives investors more confidence in performance and returns which is exactly what can fuel a big push to   …Continue Reading


The Post-Oil Era: Led by Saudi Arabia?

Sara Gutterman

It comes as no surprise that the world’s largest company, Saudi Aramco, is a Saudi Arabian state-owned oil empire worth trillions of dollars.  What’s unexpected is the behemoth’s plans to divest from its own oil resources, with the ultimate goal of weaning the country off its dependency on fossil fuels. Saudi Arabia sees the writing   …Continue Reading


The Anatomy of a Fabric Building

Rachel Reese

Whether it is sustainability or economy driving the change, new industrial construction is starting to look different. Instead of the dark, dingy structures reminiscent of the Industrial Revolution, businesses across industries are turning to light, bright fabric buildings for various industrial needs. Storing grain, salt, and sand; housing equipment and workers; covering sports arenas and   …Continue Reading


ERC: Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending April 8, 2016

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC national average benchmark price for retail electricity declined again last week by almost one percent (-.88%), to $0.0713 per kilowatt hour. Prices decreased in every deregulated market, except Texas, which posted an increase of +0.21 percent. The largest drops in retail electricity prices occurred in Pennsylvania (-2.23%), and Connecticut (-2.0%). At   …Continue Reading


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