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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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is calling on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) to release all records of communications between Commissioner Ellen Nowak and Wisconsin Energy (WE) -- including the full audio transcript of a June 2014 panel at the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) annual conference in Las Vegas -- and has announced plans to sue the PSC to overturn its We Energies rate case ruling this month.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) have signed an agreement to purchase a North Dakota wind farm to be developed by ACE. The North Dakota wind project will be comprised of 43 turbines capable of producing 107.5 megawatts of electricity.
The decisions that investors make in the energy sector today will make or break the sustainability of global energy systems for years to come, according to a new report from the World Energy Council (WEC). Specifically, the ability to invest the $48 trillion required over the next 20 years could be in jeopardy as global energy systems are under increasing stress and governments limit their spending due to economic conditions, threatening countries' ability to supply sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy for their populations.
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