In Arkansas, Cost of Natural Gas Rises to Match U.S. Median Prices

Black Hills Energy, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas, and CenterPoint Energy told the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) on October 31 that natural gas rate changes (Docket Nos. 07-045-U, 07-046-U, and 09-107-U, respectively) would take effect the next day and would end March 31, according to a report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

CenterPoint to Acquire Continuum’s Retail Energy Services Division

  CenterPoint Energy Services (CES) – a subsidiary of the Houston-based utility CenterPoint Energy that offers energy management support to commercial, industrial, and wholesale customers – has agreed to acquire Continuum Retail Energy Services (CRES). The two companies announced the deal on January 29. The … Read more…

LEDs Cut Rooms To Go Energy Use Up To 45 Percent Per Store

LEDs Cut Rooms To Go Energy Use Up To 45 Percent Per Store

Furniture company Rooms To Go has converted 115 of its retail stores to LED lighting, reducing energy use an average of 35-45 percent in each store.

The switch to energy efficient 16-18 W LED track lamps from the 60 W halogen track lamps previously in use by the retailer started in 2010. Rooms To Go expects a project investment payback in less than 12 months.

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Survey to Utilities: Stress Smart Grid Benefits to Win Over Consumers

Survey to Utilities: Stress Smart Grid Benefits to Win Over Consumers

Multiple smart grid benefits resonate with consumers — it’s not just about saving money — and when consumers are provided with information about the benefits and key concerns of smart grid technology, the positive statements are more persuasive, according to a report issued today by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

The 2013 State of the Consumer Report says about 75 percent of consumers haven’t heard the term smart grid or don’t know what it means. Utilities companies’ best bet for building smart-grid support is weaving a number of benefits together, according to the research.

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