Electric

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Courtesy of Irene, Sandy and their friend Derecho, I have lost power three times in the past thirteen months for a total of twelve days. While the men and women who work around the clock to fix broken wires, telephone poles and transformers are heroes in my book, does that mean I should continue contributing to the profits of their parent company which provides me with generation and transmission services?

Which leaves me wondering, should I stay with my provider at this new rate or should I go with a new provider?

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Even as some foretell a coming future of smart parking—part of a broader ongoing evolution toward intelligent transportation systems (ITS)—a third-party-driven revolution in parking (and its pricing) is already here.

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Imagine if, instead of just my home shifting its AC, my entire community shifted its AC demand to off-peak hours, and what that could mean for the carbon intensity and electricity generation costs of my local grid.

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Most of us in America would argue that affordable and reliable energy access is a basic life necessity, possibly even a basic human right. However, JD Power & Associates recently reported that only 3% of consumers are actually reviewing their energy usage ...

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Do your friends and neighbors tell you that they get “green” power for their home, leaving you wondering: “How can the juice coming from their outlets really be different from my electricity?” Read on to find whether that’s the case and how green power really works!

Utility Breakup

Like many relationships, the one between utilities and their customers can be complicated. Sure, they’ve been together for decades, but no longer are customers satisfied with a distant, disengaged power company selling them more and more megawatts.
As the utility business model evolves into one based on diverse energy services, utilities must find ways to prioritize and improve their customer relationships if they hope to thrive in the new energy economy.

Energy Tips

It’s a new year, and that means new resolutions. Whether this is the first year you’re looking for ways to save energy or you want to lower your energy bills even more than last year, check out our eight strategies for saving energy. 

Solar Value

There’s finally some good news emerging out of the heated debate around net-metering. In California, a previously controversial bill, AB327, introduced earlier this year to reform residential electricity rates, was amended to turn earlier critics from the solar industry into supporters.

2012

Well it looks like the Mayan apocalypse didn’t happen, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog post…But while the world is not ending, some opportunities to save money are: a lot of incentive programs for energy efficiency and power-saving appliances expire at the end of 2012, including some that you could still take advantage of!

Organic

How might these three organic food industry trends—a shift from niche to mainstream markets, growing consumer demand, and an omnipresent price premium—apply to the electricity sector? I recently wrote about the de-commoditization of the kilowatt-hour, comparing electricity from a utility to the produce aisle of the supermarket. But for me this brought up a new series of questions?

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