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MA and CA still battling in energy-efficiency rankings

For the fourth year in a row, California continues to be edged out of the number one spot for the most energy-efficient state in the nation by Massachusetts. That is according to an annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which places Massachusetts first and California second in the country.

Myopic focus results in diverse fuel mix for PJM

A "myopic focus" was touted as the reason for PJM Interconnection's current diverse fuel mix this week at PJM's Grid 20/20: Focus on Resource Diversity in Washington, D.C., with the impacts of the world's largest and fastest fuel switch, evolving federal policies and the increasing use of non-traditional generation being cited as driving the industry to recognize the greater need for resource diversity.

HB 2354 both unique and critical

Pennsylvania has joined a growing number of states passing legislation or resolutions allowing for a comprehensive approach to state compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, as Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2354 (HB 2354) into law. 

Duke Energy establishes Helping Home Fund

Duke Energy has launched a $20 million assistance program for income-qualified customers in North Carolina to receive up to $10,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades, as part of a fund designed as a result of an approved agreement approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases.

EPA Clean Power Plan called a self-inflicted wound

Americans harbor major concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a survey conducted Paragon Insights for the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF).  In fact, the national survey of 1,340 likely voters revealed that the majority of respondents are concerned that the U.S. cannot afford new costs and potential job losses resulting from the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

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FierceSmartGrid

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been working with regional and local utilities and co-ops across the nation to improve the reliability of the grid and is beginning to see the fruits of its labor. DOE is sharing the results of programs supported by Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIG) with a series of case studies available from grant recipients.  In the latest case study, Duke Energy customers are seeing benefits in Ohio and the Carolinas thanks to Duke's comprehensive grid modernization program, which was funded, in part, by a DOE SGIG.

FierceSmartGrid

If you want to know how your customers feel about the smart grid and what motivates them in terms of buy in, you need look no further than the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's (SGCC) most recent report, which indicates that the internal and external motivators for different groups vary significantly between those customers that feel engaged and those that do not.