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ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Jan. 29

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends The national average benchmark price for retail electricity held steady last week at $.0729 per kilowatt hour (kWh). While most states saw only marginal price fluctuation from the previous week, this week’s national average price benchmark is almost 4 percent lower than this time last month. The benchmark price for electricity increased last   …Continue Reading

Generating Energy from Wastewater and Sewage is Generating Interest

Carl Weinschenk

The idea of using wastewater and/or sewage to provide energy is heating up, both literally and figuratively. The basic idea is straight forward: Lots of the water that goes down the drain is hot. Every bit that is harvested and put to use is a bit that need not be generated. Lynn Mueller, the CEO   …Continue Reading

Dicastal in Line for Big Incentives from Consumers Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Dicastal North America, an aluminum wheel manufacturer that is a division of Chinese manufacturer Dicastal, could receive as much as $170,000 in incentives from Consumers Energy for energy efficiency programs at its plant in Greenville, MI, according to the press release, which was posted at Military-Technologies. The deal is a milestone: Now, 1,000 plants have   …Continue Reading

Two Idaho Companies Get Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Conrad & Bischoff and Idaho Steel received rebates of $52,998 and $39,172, respectively, through Idaho Falls Power’s Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, according to East Idaho News. The combined total of kWh saved is 606,169 according to the story. That is enough to power almost 50 homes for a year. The Idaho Steel project focused on switching   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Jan. 22

Jim Moore

  Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The national average benchmark price for retail electricity decreased last week by -2.3% to $.0732 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The largest price decreases were in Pennsylvania (-4.1%), Texas (-3.6%), and New Jersey (-3.4%). The only deregulated state where prices slightly increased was Massachusetts (1.1%). The latest NOAA weather overview calls for a warming trend to overtake the eastern two-thirds of   …Continue Reading

Maintaining EV Charging Stations Uses Relatively Little Energy

Indy Ratnathicam

The push to cut carbon emissions and make states greener is a top priority for environmental advocates. An important part of the plan to cut carbon emissions is encouraging the spread of electric vehicles (EVs). Consumers today are increasingly looking toward EVs to increase their green efforts, take advantage of government incentives and save some   …Continue Reading

The Distributed Energy Market Gains Strength

Carl Weinschenk

Two indicators suggest that the growth of distributed energy is accelerating: The battery sector is thriving and the financial community – the people who make all the research and development possible – is paying much closer attention to what is going on. The first indicator is the growth of batteries. One recent example was announced two weeks ago.   …Continue Reading

Behind the Meter Podcast: CLEAResult’s Michele Negley on Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Michele Negley, the Senior Vice President for CLEAResult ‘s Southern Region, says that the biggest obstacle to businesses winning rebates is not the reluctance to make necessary energy efficiency investments. It is developing the decision making framework required to put the programs in place. Once the team forms and becomes engaged, rebates — many from   …Continue Reading

Army Signs Biggest Renewable Energy Deal

Carl Weinschenk

Renewable Energy World reports that the U.S. Army has signed its biggest renewable energy deal. The power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy will provide 65 MW of solar and wind to Fort Hood in Texas, which is about 60 miles north of Austin. The 30 year deal is for 15 MW of solar   …Continue Reading

Bronx School Gets First NY K-Solar Project

Carl Weinschenk

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York Institute for Special Education in the New York City borough of the Bronx will be the site of the state’s first K-Solar project. The project will receive free technical assistance from the New York Power Authority and is eligible for about $65,000 in   …Continue Reading