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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Meriden, Connecticut has taken an interesting approach to shaving its electric bills by generating power from water that normally would spill over a dam. A project is underway to take advantage of technology commonly attributed to Archimedes.
The news reports and speculation over what Congress will do with federal wind energy tax credits when Republicans control both the House and Senate come January are numerous. The biggest backers of the wind industry tax credit program are not expected to have as much pull as they did, which could mean a questionable future for the industry.
According to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics, revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, and include hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and tidal energy.
The global market for zero net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings is expected to grow to $239.7 million by 2018, according to BCC Research, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.6 percent driven by a global green building boom, ongoing governmental regulations, and regional environmental concerns.
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) have released studies demonstrating potential additional energy and economic benefits to the United States if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development.
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The project as proposed would involve the installation of a bi-directional submerged transmission cable between Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland. The transmission system would connect Deepwater Wind's proposed 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, located in Rhode Island state waters about 2.5 nautical miles southeast of Block Island, to the Rhode Island mainland and transmit power from the existing onshore transmission grid on the mainland to Block Island. The ROW corridor, which is about eight nautical miles long and 200 feet wide, comprises the portion of the transmission line that crosses federal waters.
Last year was the first time the GWA and SGPC published the GMI based upon the degree to which the states and DC had progressed toward the "Grid of the Future." The GMI is designed with future requirements for a modernized electric grid in mind.