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San Diego utility leveling the playing field for customers

"Many of our customers are being negatively impacted because they use more energy based on the geographic area in which they live or the size of their families. Our goal is to 'level the playing field' and to move rates for all customers closer to what it actually costs the utility to provide electric service," said Caroline Winn, SDG&E's vice president-- customer services.  "Unfortunately, below-cost rates have undermined the incentive to conserve, while punishing others who use more electricity with rates that are significantly higher than the cost to serve them."

Energy challenge nets local businesses 11 percent savings

With the average U.S. commercial building wasting 30 percent of the energy paid for by its owners, the potential to reduce energy waste is attractive to utilities, building professionals, members of the energy industry and business owners alike. Driving the cause is an increase in energy management and information systems (EMIS), which synthesize and display a building's energy use data, allowing occupants to leverage the information to make positive improvements in how they manage their energy use.

Despite Tesla, NV electric vehicle market could stall

Nevada was recently chosen as the location for the new Tesla electric vehicle (EV) battery factory, but a new report claims that if several proposed state policies concerning EVs don't pass, sales of EVs in the state-- and the economic and environmental benefits that come with them-- will suffer.

California's water challenge

Currently, Californians use 196 gallons of water per day-- the 15th highest rate of consumption per capita in the United States. The state is currently short more than a year's worth of water and supply will continue to decline until the upcoming winter. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation estimates that, by 2030, California may have an annual unmet water demand of between 1.5 and two trillion gallons of water each year.

Poll reveals support for CO solar net metering

Nearly three fourths of Colorado voters surveyed would vote "yes" to a measure protecting solar net metering if it were on a ballot, according to a poll by Public Opinion Strategies and Keating Research of 500 voters. Specifically, 74 percent would support a potential ballot measure that says "each electric utility will in no way limit its customers' participation in net metering," and maintains that net metering credit "equals the same rate that customers pay for grid electricity."

Pay-TV industry driving hundreds of millions in energy efficiency

The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report conducted by D&R International.

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal

According to the telephone poll of 526 Ohio electricity customers, 75 percent said they would deny AEP's rate request to pay for extra costs associated with continuing to generate electricity from existing power plants.

FPL customers saving $6.8B and counting

According to FPL's filing with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), a typical 1,000-kilowatt-hour residential customer bill will decrease nearly $2 a month beginning in January 2015. At the same time, typical business customers are expected to see a roughly 1 percent decrease, depending on rate class and type of service.

ERV helps utilities meet energy efficiency mandates

Many electric and gas utilities offer rebate programs to encourage the use of ERV. These utilities then reap the benefits of the resulting peak load reductions, operating cost savings, and, ultimately, compliance with mandates encouraging the use of energy-efficient equipment.

Litigation tactics tainting federal rulemaking

"Sue and settle" continues to be an attractive vehicle for regulation, because it is difficult for states and industries to intervene in these lawsuits and plaintiffs are often compensated for their attorneys' fees, incentivizing litigation, but the use of this type of litigation can be abused.