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A Clean Energy Future in Sight

Sara Gutterman

President Obama sees the pathway to a clean energy future and confronts fossil fuel interests that are blocking progress and stifling free markets. With the Paris Climate COP only months away, the heat is on world leaders to back big talk with viable plans for future climate action. Earlier this week, President Obama, at the   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending August 21

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends This week’s average price benchmarks for commercial power are based on the prompt month of October 2015. The shift is based on the fact that a number of suppliers have already stopped pricing September contracts in their weekly matrix prices. This changes the trend curve from prices based on a September   …Continue Reading


Saving Energy in the Supply Chain

David Goldstein

How much energy can we save through efficiency? This question has been addressed in dozens of national or international-level energy studies since before 1980. Some well-known examples of studies that quantify the efficiency potential are those by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, and McKinsey & Company. I listed some 45 good examples of   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending August 14

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends ERC’s average price benchmark for commercial power in deregulated states edged up last week by .13 percent to a national average of $0.0803 per kilowatt-hour. This reverses a general decline in power prices over the past month. Price increases were most pronounced in Texas (+7.28 percent) and Illinois (+5.13 percent). In   …Continue Reading


Strategies for Getting the Best Energy Supplier

Matthew Lanfear

If you have thought about your natural gas or electricity bill lately, then you may have heard that you can use another energy supplier rather than your local utility. How can you find these companies, what do they do and how do you decide which one to choose? These energy suppliers buy and sell natural   …Continue Reading


5 Tips for Maximizing Energy Efficiency During the Summer Break

Domenic Armano

5 Tips for Maximizing Energy Efficiency During the Summer Break With summer in full swing, most schools across the nation have another month of silent halls before students come back. Despite empty or mostly empty facilities, many schools often continue to use more energy than needed during the quiet summer months. In fact, schools this   …Continue Reading


New Proposed Federal Efficiency Standard to Cut Energy Waste of America’s Rechargeable Products

Pierre Delforge

A long-awaited revised proposal for energy efficiency standards for the millions of products with rechargeable batteries sold annually in the United States — which include everything from cell phones and power tools, to laptops and even golf carts — was announced last week. In most cases, battery charger systems are not separate devices from the products   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending August 7

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends This week’s average price benchmarks won’t map to last week’s prices because we have entered August and changed the contract start date for calculating price benchmarks to September. This happens at the end of each month so that price benchmarks are always based on a contract start date in the next   …Continue Reading


Keep the Change with New DOE Proposed Standards for Beverage Vending Machines

Elizabeth Noll

Not only did the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release the final Clean Power Plan last week — taking the single biggest action to cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants — but the Department of Energy (DOE) also took another step forward toward reaching President Obama’s goal of eliminating 3 billion metric tons of carbon   …Continue Reading


Combined Heat and Power: Taking Energy Efficiency to the Next Level

Gary McNeil

Minimizing energy costs, ensuring a reliable energy supply and reducing the impact of energy use on the environment are all important considerations for companies and organizations today. For over a century, organizations across the globe have used combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, as a strategy to provide reliable electricity, steam, hot   …Continue Reading


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