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University of California’s New Retail Energy Supplier: Itself

Josh Kessler

The University of California (UC) has become a licensed electric service provider and now plans to switch from a third-party supplier to purchasing power from its own Wholesale Power Program. This program will serve several university and medical campuses throughout the state. According to a press release from UC, administrators believe they can achieve a   …Continue Reading

County in Ohio Takes Energy Efficiency into Its Own Hands

Karen Henry

At a time when the state of Ohio is rolling back energy-efficiency standards, a group of community governments in southeast Ohio have formed the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC), Athens News reports. The group has drafted a plan to lower electricity prices and produce more renewable energy for Athens County. In June 2014, Ohio Governor   …Continue Reading

Spiking Energy Prices Drive Interest in Competitive Power in Massachusetts

Paul Nastu

Gas and power prices in Massachusetts spiked last winter as a result of cold weather and natural gas supply constraints, and utilities have increased their rates to cover these costs. The Barnstable Patriot reported that rates increased by 37 percent for National Grid customers, effective November 1, and 29 percent for NSTAR customers, effective January   …Continue Reading

University Supplies Own Electricity

Linda Hardesty

The University of California will begin directly supplying electricity to its campuses and medical centers this month. Last year, UC became a registered Electric Service Provider (ESP), allowing its Wholesale Power Program to serve as the primary energy supplier, under direct access rules, to UC Irvine and its medical center, UC San Diego and its   …Continue Reading

How Businesses Can Insulate Themselves from Utility Price Changes

Karen Henry

Changes in environmental regulations, court rulings, global energy markets and energy technologies are creating an environment in which nearly every US state and utility commission will have to make decisions that will affect the future cost of utilities. As a result, businesses, nonprofits and government organizations will experience uncertainty in utility rates in 2015 and   …Continue Reading

Constellation Wins NHL Contract

Linda Hardesty

The National Hockey League named Constellation as its official preferred energy provider. Constellation will work with the NHL to conduct energy efficiency analyses and recommend energy management strategies for the League’s facilities. Constellation will also provide renewable energy certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets to match the League’s estimated total carbon footprint – 550,000 metric tons   …Continue Reading

100 Massachusetts Businesses Join Electricity-Buying Group

Linda Hardesty

More than 100 businesses have signed on to the Massachusetts Manufacturing Energy Collaborative (MassMEC) to reduce energy costs by purchasing electricity and natural gas in bulk, reports Patch. MassMEC also provides no-cost renewable energy reviews and consultations. The group of business members includes metal manufacturers as well as restaurants, hospitals and real estate properties. MassMEC made   …Continue Reading

Small Businesses Don’t Understand Their Energy Contracts

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Research Council’s new brief “Buyer Beware: Early Contract Termination” finds that seven out of every 10 small-to-medium business owners are unaware of early termination provisions in their electricity supply contracts. Early termination occurs when a customer locks into a contract with an electricity supplier for a start date that overlaps with an existing   …Continue Reading

UK Allows Interconnectors to Participate in 2015 Capacity Market

Karen Henry

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that interconnectors linking Britain to other European countries will be able to participate in the 2015 second four-year-ahead capacity market auction. The first auction is scheduled to be held at the end of this year. An interconnector is a connection between the electricity transmission systems   …Continue Reading

Electricity from Renewables Cost Competitive with Coal

Linda Hardesty

Although a recent story from Spectrum IEEE said Google researchers gave up on a project to produce electricity from renewables more cheaply than electricity from coal, a story in the New York Times says some renewable electricity is already cost competitive with coal. The story cites a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, which   …Continue Reading

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