Electricity

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


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


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


10 Things Companies Should Know about the Changing Electric Grid

Liz Delaney

How the Low-Carbon Electricity Revolution Affects the Grid’s Biggest Customers The electricity grid of the United States is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Coal-fired and nuclear power plants are closing their doors, renewable energy from wind and solar energy is gaining market share and natural gas has become the dominant source of grid electricity in many   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Jan. 8

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends Last week’s average national benchmark price for retail electricity ($0.0752/kWh) was down a fraction of a percent (-0.19 percent) from the previous week. The only states to see a meaningful change in their retail electricity prices were Texas, with a week-over-week increase of 2.08 percent, and Illinois, with a decline of   …Continue Reading


Facility Managers One Target for Android Meter Reading App

Carl Weinschenk

Real estate managers who oversee multifamily dwellings are one of the target groups for SmartPhone Meter Reading LLC’s first fully-featured meter reader for Android smartphones. The app, the press release says, eliminates the need for expensive meter reading equipment. The app can be downloaded via a text link. It uses the phone’s GPS technology to capture the   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Jan. 1

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends The ERC average price benchmark for retail electricity rose again last week by 1.74 percent to $0.0754 per kilowatt hour. Increasing prices were seen in every state last week, driven by the introduction of winter weather conditions across much of the US. The steepest increases last week were in Ohio (+2.97   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Dec. 25

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends Based on a contract start date of February 2016, the ERC average price benchmark for retail electricity fell again last week by 0.74 percent to $0.0731 per kilowatt hour. The drop in price was most pronounced in Rhode Island (-2.01 percent), Texas (-1.83 percent), and Maine (-1.77 percent). Pricing for long-term   …Continue Reading


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Dec. 18

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends Following natural gas prices, the ERC benchmark price for retail electricity continued its decline last week to a new low of $.0731 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest drops in electricity prices were in Rhode Island (-2.01 percent) and Texas (-1.83 percent). Notable price declines also occurred in Maine (-1.77 percent)   …Continue Reading