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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."

First BuildSmart NY awards issued

Nine organizations across New York have been recognized with BuildSmart NY awards for their leadership and excellence in building energy performance and innovative uses of clean energy solutions in public facilities, which ultimately drive down government operating expenses, save taxpayers millions of dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In its inaugural year, BuildSmart NY drove a five percent reduction in energy use at New York State government buildings and a corresponding decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 130,000 tons a year.

Navy showcasing energy innovation in mobile app

The U.S. military has been on the cutting edge of energy innovation with microgrid deployments and efforts to conserve energy. Now, the Navy has a new digital application that highlights its innovative efforts in energy conservation and behavior change. Naval personnel are getting "the maximum warfighting punch" out of their energy efforts, according to the U.S. Navy, and the Energy Warrior application showcases their success.

Utilities garner sustainability honors

Both the importance and the understanding of sustainability has grown dramatically over the past 15 years, and those utilities which have grasped that are being recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)-- a leading benchmark in the field. The DJSI tracks the performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest North American companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on a variety of criteria, including climate change strategies, energy consumption, human resources development, knowledge management, stakeholder relations and corporate governance.

Advanced buoys offer real-world offshore wind data

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has purchased two 20,000-pound buoys complete with the latest in meteorological and oceanographic equipment to enable more accurate predictions of the power-producing potential of winds that blow off U.S. shores. The buoys are expected to improve offshore turbine performance in the near term and reduce barriers to private investment in large-scale offshore wind energy development in the long term.

Iberdrola expanding electric vehicle fleet

Iberdrola USA is taking to heart an industry-wide goal set by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) with a signed commitment to spend at least five percent of its annual fleet acquisition budget on plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and related equipment and technology. The fleet electrification commitment is part of EEI's long-term strategy to develop the PEV market, demonstrating the benefits of PEVs and supporting the growth of the nascent PEV industry.

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.

Sempra LNG export nets DOE approval

The development of U.S. natural gas resources is having a transformative impact on the U.S. energy landscape, helping to improve our energy security while spurring economic development and job creation around the country.  In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that this increase in domestic natural gas production will continue at a record production rate of 74.56 Bcf/d in 2014.

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.

CPUC: Proposed SONGS settlement disfavors consumers

A settlement proposed earlier this year by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), the Coalition of California Utility Employees, Friends of the Earth, Office of Ratepayer Advocates, and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) regarding the failed steam generator tubes at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been ruled against by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The CPUC has identified changes that must be made before the settlement can be considered further.