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CAL-ISO Study: Regional Energy Market Could Yield $1.5B in Savings Annually to Ratepayers

Cheryl Kaften

A multi-state, regional electric market would provide environmental and economic benefits to California and the West – and would yield as much as $1.5 billion in cost savings annually to the state’s electricity ratepayers by 2030 – according to preliminary study results released on May 20 by the California Independent System Operator (CAL-ISO).

Florida Supreme Court Puts Kibosh on FPL Fracking Charge

Cheryl Kaften

The Florida Supreme Court ruled (Case Nos. SC15-95, SC15-113, SC15-115) on May 19 that the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) exceeded its authority when it allowed Florida Power & Light (FPL) to charge its 4.8 million customers for a risky investment in an Oklahoma-based fracking company.

The Key to Scaling Energy Reduction? People.

Bert Hill

While reducing corporate energy consumption is hard, the benefits are profound – for both the planet and the bottom line. To reap these rewards, it is crucial for companies to use people as part of the solution to move further, faster and more strategically.

Carbon Capture Facility in Mississippi is Under Federal Scrutiny for Cost Overruns

Ken Silverstein

Southern Co.’s Kemper facility, which would capture carbon and use it to enhance oil recovery, is under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for cost overruns.

Beazer Homes Wins Energy Star Award

Carl Weinschenk

Beazer Homes has received the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the company. The press release said that all of the homes it builds meet or exceed requirements established by the Energy Star program. The firm said that it has saved more   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Measure Passes the Senate and Would Improve Building Codes

Ken Silverstein

The United States Senate has voted to pass an energy efficiency measure that would help state and local governments implement effective building codes to allow them become more efficient — to use less energy, or about 25 percent less over the next 10 years. “The energy bill passed by the Senate moves the ball forward   …Continue Reading

New Energy Management System Reveals Issues & Opportunities

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by EnergyCAP. One month before Jason Laros stepped into the post of city energy manager for Tucson, AZ, the city began an energy management software acquisition process. At the time, the city’s energy office was employing interns to help crunch the numbers on the top 20–30 buildings in spreadsheets. Historical utility   …Continue Reading

Fort Hood Pushing Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Army is experimenting at Fort Hood, TX, on ways to increase the use of renewable energy resources, according to The story says that in January ground was broken on a massive solar farm that eventually will accommodate 63,000 solar panels on 132 acres, which is about the size of 100 football fields.   …Continue Reading

DoE Pushes Data Access, Other Efficiency Measures

Carl Weinschenk

Late last week, the Obama Administration announced a series of steps aimed at giving cities, utilities and businesses easier access to energy data and in other ways promoting energy efficiency. The press release says that: Eighteen utilities (serving more than 2.6 million commercial customers) will provide easier access to data by 2017. Thirty cities and   …Continue Reading

Exelon Intervenes in FirstEnergy Rate Case

Cheryl Kaften

In a filing (Docket No. 14-1297-EL-SSO) submitted to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on December 30, Exelon Generation (ExGen) – the largest operator of nuclear power plants in the United States – intervened in the ongoing, contentious FirstEnergy rate case – asserting that it could offer ratepayers a better deal. “I will show   …Continue Reading

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