residential electricity consumption

Rationalizing California's Residential Electricity Rates

October 1, 2014 by Severin Borenstein

California Home Electricity Rates

California is talking seriously about changing the way utilities price electricity for residential customers. As a result of recent legislative actions, the CPUC now has some flexibility to modify the extreme increasing-block pricing schedules that were adopted after California’s 2000-01 electricity crisis.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Extending Residential Energy Policies Affects some End Uses more than Others

April 25, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Residential Energy Policies

Many federal energy programs target residential energy consumption and efficiency, such as appliance standards, building energy codes, and tax credits for energy efficient equipment. These policies tend to affect certain end uses more than others.[read more]

Residential Customers: A Critical Segment for Utility Survival Plans

March 25, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Residential electricity consumers are a large but underserved group that could significantly impact the success and directions for the utilities of the future. They represent the biggest number of meters in the USA, according to the latest data from the Department of Energy.[read more]

Technology Choice Is Finally Coming to Residential Demand Response

February 3, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The convergence of demand response and energy efficiency, which has already started to happen in the commercial and industrial market, is now coming to residential. Companies that were once just energy efficiency providers are all now converging to offer behavioral efficiency.[read more]

Rate Design Wars: The Sound of Utilities Taking Residential PV Seriously

November 14, 2013 by Severin Borenstein

Utilities and PV and Zuchini

Imagine walking into your supermarket with a bag of zucchini from your garden and saying that you’d like to trade them straight up for an equal quantity of zucchini next month. The store manager would explain that they aren’t in the business of making wholesale purchases at such small scale.[read more]

Can Solar And Wind Power Save Our Rivers?

July 11, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

In an era of stressed watersheds and aquatic ecosystems rendered fragile by global warming, we’re learning more about our hidden water use. For instance: 42 gallons – that’s the water footprint for the average kilowatt-hour of U.S. electricity as of 2009.OK, it’s nothing compared to how much water it takes to produce a big, juicy...[read more]

Explaining residential electricity consumption: macroeconomic implications

January 3, 2011 by Lynne Kiesling

At Grist, Sean Casten muses on the macroeconomic implications of trends in electricity consumption. His musings focus on the established correlation between electricity consumption and economic activity, an association that he fleshed out in an earlier post. In these two posts he looks at trends in residential, commercial, and industrial...[read more]