More affordable energy technologies, shifting regulatory thinking, and market forces are reshaping the traditional relationship between electric utilities and their residential consumers. The old model is not dead, and most consumers are likely to use and pay for electricity in more or less the same way they have for decades -- for the near-term at least. Article
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is poised to move ahead on its promise to adopt energy-efficiency standards for plug-in digital devices, including desktop computers, monitors, displays and other devices later this month.The recent publication of a research report by the University of California, Irvine for the CEC showing the large amounts of electricity wasted by computers in California demonstrates the economic burden, the undue waste and costs these devices place on consumers. New standards for these devices are long overdue. Article
Social media has matured to the point where utilities can leverage the tool as an effective and low-cost way to help achieve electronic billing (e-bill) adoption goals. The use of social media among consumers is pervasive, offering a new, low-cost and effective entry point for utilities to reach their customers. By understanding industry trends and adopting best practices, utilities can leverage social media to complement a comprehensive, integrated and effective e-bill marketing program that will increase visibility and engagement of electronic, or paperless, billing. Article
It's With the technological advances and resultant surge in oil and gas production in the last few years, it is not surprising that the number of patents issued to energy companies has increased substantially. In 2012 alone, the world's three largest oilfield service providers (Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes) secured a combined total of over 1,000 patents -- more than double the number they received just a decade ago. Article
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Solar energy continues to make significant inroads across the country, as evidenced by the joint findings of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), with falling prices and rapid industry growth being attributed to smart, effective public policies that allow consumers to choose renewable energy.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released a draft proposed federal regulation by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) governing the valuation of federal oil and gas, and federal and American Indian coal resources, as well as expanded guidance on the production of coal on public lands issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will have two percent more money in its operating budget next year to help sustain the transformation that the state's power system has undergone toward becoming more intelligent, reliable and flexible.
XTO Energy has been fined for a Clean Water Act violation and will also will pay for restoration of eight locations harmed by unauthorized dumping of dirt, rocks and other fill material in wetlands and streams in West Virginia.
It's a natural reaction for oil and gas companies when prices are low: reconsider future projects or pull up stakes for the time being and wait for the market to stabilize. Southwestern Energy appears to have a completely different idea.
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Ameren Missouri has submitted its new energy-efficiency programs to regulators. If approved, the utility expects to invest about $135 million over three years and anticipates that investment will yield customer energy savings of more than $260 million over 20 years.
The World Bank has authorized a loan of $378.4 million for a grid modernization project for power-strapped Ukraine that is earmarked for developing renewable energy integration and smart grid technologies for transmission.