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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


Double Whammy: Texas City Challenges PUCT for Purview over REP

Cheryl Kaften

Houston-based AP Gas and Electric (APG&E), a retail energy provider (REP), filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) (Docket No. 45486) on December 30, requesting that a declaratory or other order be issued, “stating that the mayor of the city of McAllen … exceeded the city’s jurisdiction when hearing and ruling on [a]   …Continue Reading


PSE&G Residential Customers to Pay $124 Less This Winter

Cheryl Kaften

Following a September  announcement by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) that it would reduce its basic gas supply rate to 40 cents per therm from 45 cents per therm, effective October 1; the Newark-based utility revealed just in time for Thanksgiving that it would provide bill credits of about 30 percent during the months   …Continue Reading


Think Energy Expands in Texas

Cheryl Kaften

Think Energy – a retail electricity provider (REP) that is a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources – announced on November 3 that the company has expanded into Texas. The retail provider, which serves residential and small commercial customers, has been providing electricity in the United States since its launch in 2011. With the addition   …Continue Reading


Careful Planning Key to Successful Energy Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

Upgrading the energy efficiency of a building can save money, please the people who use the building and help the environment, but careful planning is necessary, according to a feature at Building Operating Management. The complexity of modern buildings means that multiple systems must be dealt with in an upgrade. The upgrades are complex and require   …Continue Reading


School Projects in MA, CO

Carl Weinschenk

A contract with Ameresco Inc. will cut energy use by 8 percent in 11 schools in Haverhill, MA. The $2.5 million Energy Saves Performance Contract will result in annual savings of more than $270,000, according to the Eagle-Tribune. The net savings during the term of the contract will be about $1.5 million. The upgrades will be   …Continue Reading


ARPA-E Issues Grants for Solar Modules

Carl Weinschenk

Lowering costs and dramatically increasing system efficiencies and energy yields of solar modules are the goals of a $2.9 million grant to several organizations from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant was awarded to Semprius, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,   …Continue Reading


Shopping for Circuit Breakers via Schneider Mobile App

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric is providing a Services Modernization Solution Selector, a mobile application to help facility managers who are shopping for replacement designs for low voltage and medium voltage switchgear as well as custom solutions for other critical electrical system components. The solution selector searches an extensive database of direct replacement designs for a number of   …Continue Reading


Microturbine Converts Flare Gas to Useable Energy

Linda Hardesty

Capstone Turbine received an order for a C1000 microturbine to be installed for Kineticor Resource, a Canadian energy services company that provides onsite power for natural gas drilling operations. Kineticor builds, owns and operates power generation equipment that converts associated gas to power. The grid-connect C1000 microturbine will use the flare gas produced by a   …Continue Reading