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Missouri PSC OKs Ameren Request for Higher Energy Efficiency Tariff

Cheryl Kaften

In a reversal of a January 2016 order, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a request on January 11 (Case No. ER-2017-0149) filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri to adjust the Energy Efficiency Investment Charge (EEIC) Rider that appears on the monthly bills of the utility’s 1.2 million electric customers statewide.


Maine Businesses Shut Out of Power Program

Carl Weinschenk

The Bangor Daily News reports that businesses in Aroostook and Washington counties won’t get access to a $3 million program aimed at reducing power rates for manufacturers considered to be “energy intensive.” The story reports that regulators decreed that that the program would only be available to the regional ISO-New England grid. McCain Foods had   …Continue Reading


Utilities Must Provide C-Level Execs with the Data They Need to Push Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers, especially those who work in heavily corporate environments  and support facilities that are served by multiple utilities, have a problem: CEOs and CFOs are reluctant to take steps to increase energy efficiencies and cut costs because utilities are not doing a good job of providing the very specific data upon which decisions are based. The   …Continue Reading


Oil Production Redefines US’s Role in Global Crude Market

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Schneider Electric. Oil production in the US – after playing a central role in the steep decline of oil prices over the last year – will redefine its role in the global crude market, with the US expected to replace OPEC as the world’s swing producer guiding global prices, predicts   …Continue Reading


Once Staggered, Electricity Reform is Still Fighting

Ken Silverstein

Fifteen years ago, retail electricity deregulation took a mean right hook and was against the ropes. And while the Enron debacle and the California crisis sidelined free market reforms, they did not knock them out. Today, about 17 million electricity customers have exercised their right to choose among providers. Having suppliers bid for business sounds   …Continue Reading


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

Jim Moore, PhD

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


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

Jim Moore, PhD

  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


ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Jan. 15

Jim Moore, PhD

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends Based on a prompt month (contract start date) of March 2016, the ERC average benchmark price for retail electricity dropped by -1.07% last week to $0.0749 per kilowatt hour. The biggest declines were in Maine, where prices fell by -2.82%, and Rhode Island, where prices dropped by -2.54%. So far in 2016, retail electricity   …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, PhD

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