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ComEd Awards $1.2M in Credits

Carl Weinschenk

ComEd’s Peak Time Savings (PTS) program has earned customers more than $1.2 million in credits in exchange for their efforts to reduce electric usage, according to the company. The program was introduced during the summer of 2015. It provides customers a $1 bill credit for every kilowatt hour of energy reducing during peak time savings hours, which   …Continue Reading

Microsoft: Data Centers to Use 50% Renewables by 2018

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft said it will use 50 percent renewable energy to power its data centers worldwide by 2018 and will reach the 60 percent level by the early 2020s. The announcement, according to Computerworld, was made at the Verge 16 conference last week. Microsoft has run its global operations completely on renewables since 2014. The story   …Continue Reading

State of Michigan and MISO Propose Retail Capacity Charge

Cheryl Kaften

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) announced on September 19 that discussions between the state and the regional transmission organization (RTO), Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), have produced a plan will keep energy rates as low as possible, even as it provides regulatory assurance that monies will be spent to secure needed electric capacity.

GM to Use All Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced yesterday that it will get its electricity from renewable sources across all of its 350 worldwide operations by 2050. The company said that it also is joining RE100, which is a global collaborative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electric power. GM says that it saves $5 million annually from use of renewable   …Continue Reading

AEEE: Efficiency Rising as an Energy Resource

Carl Weinschenk

It’s a bit counter-intuitive to think of energy efficiency as a resource. But the AEEE did just that – and found that it is third in the electric generation segment. And it may top the list in 2030.

Small Businesses Gingerly Approach Community Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Business people think that community solar is a great thing. That is, once they know it exists and what it is. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), in conjunction with the Shelton Group, recently conducted two research studies on the topic. One is focused on the attitudes of consumers (2001 participants) and the other on   …Continue Reading

Maryland Electric Coops Mount FERC Challenge to Community Solar Garden Retail Prices

Cheryl Kaften

On August 23, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) and Choptank Electric Cooperative jointly filed a petition (Docket No. EL16-107-000) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that the commission review a June decision by the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC) regarding a three-year community solar pilot program.

The World is About to See Whether Apple’s Solar Investment Pays Off

Ken Silverstein

Apple Inc. is taking a bigger bite out of the energy market. It will soon begin selling the output from its $850 million investment in a 130-megawatt solar farm in northern California.

Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.

Zero Net Energy Initiatives Taking Root

Carl Weinschenk

It’s no surprise that California is the leading state in creating buildings that generate as much or more energy than they use. The Golden State is not alone, however.