LED lighting technology has changed substantially in recent years and the benefits compared to traditional sodium vapor technology include improved efficiency, appearance and environmental benefits. LED lighting offers cost savings of approximately 60 percent while giving off whiter, brighter and more consistent light. Further, LED lighting does not use mercury.
The energy-efficiency projects should result in annual energy cost savings of more than 34 percent. The school district anticipates reducing their annual electric and natural gas usage by approximately 15 percent and 48 percent, respectively.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says it is responding to widespread customer dissatisfaction throughout California with a proposal to state regulators asking for approval to begin reforming its system of residential electric rates to tie them more closely to actual costs.
Change is all around us. Technology continues to impact our lives at exponential rates. Social media networks and mobile devices are changing the way we interact with the world. Consumers and enterprises are becoming more energy aware and have more energy-related choices than ever before. This new awareness has profound implications on the utilities that deliver that energy.
Arizona's net metering program should spread the cost of maintaining a reliable electrical grid more fairly among all APS customers, according to a ruling by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). In a vote of 3 to 2, the ACC instituted a charge on future customers who install rooftop solar panels. As part of the ruling, Arizona Public Service (APS) must provide quarterly reports on the pace of rooftop solar adoption to assist the Commission in considering further increases.
Many utilities are enhancing their customers' online experiences through their websites; some are doing better than others. E Source has once again named the top-rated U.S. and Canadian electric and gas utility websites.
New research from Shelton Group reveals that 26 percent of Americans say they prioritize energy-efficient home improvement over aesthetics but actual projects say something different.
To truly derive the grid and environmental benefits demand response can deliver, there is considerably more customer participation needed. To facilitate further customer adoption, the market will also need regulators and utilities to offer economically viable customer incentive programs.
Duke Energy has received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for a new energy-efficiency incentive mechanism. The incentive uses a shared-savings model, which allows customers to share in the money saved by reducing energy waste. Duke Energy customers will share in these financial gains with the utility.
MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company has been ranked No. 1 in the United States for overall customer satisfaction among large commercial and industrial customers of electric utility holding companies, according to 2013 data from TQS Research, Inc.