Starting in the year 2015, customers of PPL Electric Utilities Corp. may be charged special fees for the utility’s storm-related expenses. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) granted the Allentown-based utility a storm damage expense rider, in addition of its standard rates. The ruling modified terms and conditions of the fee originally sought by PPL. The new rate, which will allow PPL to charge customers for net annual storm damage costs exceeding $14.7 million, takes effect in January 2015, according to a PUC order issued Thursday. PPL filed the proposal in March 2013, three months after the PUC directed the… Read more.
As electricity costs continue to ride in Indiana, the state has begun to discuss the potential of deregulation. Gov. Mike Pence is crafting an energy policy that is due this summer. Policymakers say the idea is only a topic of discussion right now, but the fact that the state is even considering allowing consumers to choose their energy supplier signals just how concerned Indiana leaders are about losing their edge when attracting businesses. “The willingness to have even the level of conversation we’ve had so far really speaks to the understanding of how serious of an issue it is that… Read more.
Constellation Energy Resources LLC has announced that it has signed an agreement with the city of Los Angeles to design, build and operate a 27-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plant at L.A. Sanitation’s Hyperion Treatment Plant. Hyperion is among the 10 largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world, according to a 2012 Engineering News Record report. The treatment process at Hyperion generates a class 1 renewable fuel known as digester gas. The new power plant, which will cost approximately $130 million to construct, will use the digester gas produced at Hyperion as its primary fuel source. The power plant will produce steam and electricity that… Read more.
ConEdison Solutions signed a $56 million contract with the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command to provide more energy efficient solutions to 90 U.S. Army sites in 11 states. The Valhalla-based company is a subsidiary of the New York City-based utility giant Consolidated Edison Inc. ConEdison Solutions, a national energy service company, qualified for the contract through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) program. According to federal officials, the Energy Department’s ESPC program is designed to save energy, reduce federal energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, bring more cutting-edge technologies to use, strengthen national security and… Read more.
IKEA, the largest home-furnishing retailer worldwide, is taking its first step in bringing renewable energy to consumers. The company will begin offering residential solar panels at its stores in the United Kingdom and plans to offer residential solar panels worldwide, according to a report from the Associated Press. IKEA product sales plans The Swedish-based home-furnishing company started selling residential solar panels made by Hanergy Solar Group Ltd at its stores in Southampton. IKEA is planning to sell the product in all of its stores in Britain over the next several months. IKEA is offering a standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt solar… Read more.
Renewable energy seems to be a major buzz word these days – especially solar energy. Surprisingly, the United States is divided on renewable energy. Some states are solar enthusiasts while other states are opponents of “going green.” The Secret to Savings Residential solar systems have dropped dramatically in price over the past decade, putting costs at competitive rates with residential power prices for the first time ever. Not to mention, the government offers a variety of tax credits for those who install solar generation systems. But not everyone is delighted by this idea. Utilities have both embraced and rejected putting… Read more.
When Arizona Corporation Commission suddenly decided to close the proposed deregulation of electricity markets, which had been under consideration since May, proponents were left stunned and are now pondering their next moves. “This is a continuous process, and it’s only going to ramp up because energy is the most important thing in our economy,” said Nick Dranias, director of the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, an independent watchdog group that promotes limited government and free enterprise. The commission voted 4-1 Wednesday, Sept. 11, to end its exploration of electric deregulation, with members citing concerns that the change… Read more.
A huge upset to Arizona residents: Utility regulators voted to close the proposed deregulation of electricity markets, which had been under consideration since May. The Arizona Corporation Commission opened the docket on the issue intending to gather information on how Arizona might allow competition among electricity companies. The docket set in motion what could have been a multi-year effort to allow customers to choose their electric provider in the state. During a recent meeting, regulators spent about an hour in executive session discussing deregulation. When they emerged, the head legal counsel for the commission, Janice Alward, said that electric competition… Read more.
According to the J.D. Power 2013 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Study, Champion Energy Services ranks highest in customer satisfaction with a score of 764 (on a 1,000-point scale). This will be the fourth consecutive year that Campion Energy Services received the highest ranking. Following in the rankings are Green Mountain Energy (737) and Bounce Energy (736). The study, now in its sixth year, measures customer satisfaction with retail electric providers (REP’s) in Texas by examining six key factors (listed in order of importance): price; billing and payment; corporate citizenship; communications; enrollment/renewal; and customer service. Customers who use… Read more.
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