Fast Fixes

At the depth of the 2013-14 winter in the U.S., some natural gas supplies were constricted reaching power plants and other large users as described in this piece here on The Energy Fix. The natural gas industry is making progress expanding its network of pipelines to better meet peak demands in the Northeast, upper Midwest…

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Net metering is voluntary in South Carolina, Idaho and Texas. There is no net metering in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Dakota.

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This graphic projects coal plant closures in all 50 U.S. states. Guess which stand to lose 10 or more plants? Go to CountOnCoal.org for details.A few examples: Iowa, Indiana, Ohio:  15 each Kentucky, Pennsylvania:  13 each Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia:  12 each Colorado, Missouri: 11 each North Carolina: 10  

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In less than 60 days, Dominion Virginia Power was able to file for and receive a rate increase boosting residential bills 4.1%.

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UPDATED . . . whether the U.S. and more governments will focus their nation’s economic priorities on a cleaner energy future and a healthier environment with a carbon tax or cap and trade program seems as bleak as ever. But for how much longer? If you know of others, help me keep track here of…

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Customer Service Week hosted a discussion this morning with Opower‘s VP-Analytics Nancy Hersch and Customer Insights Senior Manager Lauren Llewellyn about five truths about utility customers the company is finding in its quantitative and qualitative research. Since early 2012, Opower has reached beyond North America conducting this research, working now with 90+ utilities around the…

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If you need to quickly grasp the potential and benefits of the emerging smart grid in the U.S., this infographic is the best effort yet.  It comes courtesy of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and its 90+ member utilities, technology companies, non-profits, regulators and consumers advocates. Increasing the power grid’s efficiency by 9% equates to…

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Courtesy of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, here are facts about smart/digital meters and six commonly circulated myths — debunked. 1. Smart meters are less accurate than analog meters. Public service commissions require meter manufacturers to supply independently certified testing results to prove that their smart meters provide accurate measurements. 2. Smart meters are a…

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Leave it to Greenpeace to find more satirical ways to protest drilling in Arctic regions. In one of its latest ploys, Greenpeace took over a billboard to reach motorists heading into downtown Houston near Shell’s U.S. headquarters, not exactly a fertile environment for anti-drilling activists. But that billboard (left) and others like throughout the U.S….

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