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European Residential Electricity Prices Increasing Faster than Prices in United States

November 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Residential Energy Price Changes

European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices, and the gap has widened in recent years. In 2013, average residential electricity rates in European Union (EU) countries were more than double rates in the United States.[read more]

Missing The Big Picture About California's Low Electric Bills Again

November 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Energy Bills

Despite all the facts, the myth that Californians pay a lot of money for their electricity every month continues to be perpetuated, with its proponents using their misguided interpretation of the data to justify their claim that California shouldn’t be the model for developing a clean energy future.[read more]

$80 Oil Is the New Normal Minimum: Interview with Bob Moriarty

November 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick
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Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet over 10 years ago. They later added 321energy.com to cover oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal, solar, wind and nuclear energy. Both sites feature articles, editorial opinions, pricing figures and updates on current events affecting both sectors.[read more]

What's So Great About Fixed Charges?

November 5, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Fixed Charges

There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills. The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges, instead collecting all of their revenue from households through usage-based charges, called volumetric pricing.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

October 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Benchmarks and Oil Prices

When analysts and media discuss crude oil prices, they typically refer to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.[read more]

Distributed Marginal Price: The New Metric for the Grid Edge?

August 27, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Metrics for the Grid Edge

The grid is changing from a one-way, centralized electricity delivery system to a distributed, networked system for generating, storing and consuming power, and the technology is changing a lot faster than the economic and regulatory systems that govern it.[read more]

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

August 13, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Ending the Net Metering War

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing forth the future hope of a policy that works for both utilities and for the solar energy industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.[read more]

The Myth of Price

May 22, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Energy External Costs

Our society’s prevailing economic zeitgeist assumes that everything has a price, and that both costs and prices can be objectively calculated, or at least agreed upon by parties involved in the transaction. There are some big problems with this proposition.[read more]

China Wants Time-of-Use Pricing by 2015, One Meter per Home by 2017

January 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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China and Metering

China, the world’s biggest potential smart meter market, has just set some ambitious goals for pushing smart pricing and energy awareness to the masses. Now, the question is how these lofty goals will be put into effect by the regional governments responsible to fulfill them.[read more]

Smart Meters, but Dumb Pricing? Not in Sacramento

November 20, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram
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Smart Meters and Pricing

Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your electricity bills. As a PG&E customer, I can log onto a website and look at our household smart meter data, which shows our consumption hour-by-hour. That’s how we learned just how much electricity our lights were using.[read more]