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Creative Utility Accounting: Estimating the True Cost of a Subsidy

May 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Subsidies and Actual Costs

$5 billion is a lot of money, yet that’s the difference in cost estimates between an Ohio advocacy group and FirstEnergy for the utility’s proposed bailout plan. FirstEnergy says its plan to raise electricity rates will save customers $2 billion. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel estimates subsidies will cost Ohioans $3 billion.[read more]

A New Tactic to Manage Grid-Edge Voltage: Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Lawsuits and Competition

Over the past month, Dominion Voltage Inc. has announced new customers and expanded software for its technology to fine-tune conservation voltage reduction systems using smart meter data. At the same time, it has quietly sued a competitor, claiming it is violating patents on the same concept.[read more]

How Long Until Tech Firms Have More Home Energy Data Than Utilities Do?

February 18, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Utilities could face a “use it or lose it” dilemma with their data. Utilities have a lock on the energy data coming from their customers -- at least for now. But if they don’t start putting that data to use soon, they may find that they’ve been overtaken by tech firms.[read more]

Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar Energy

December 16, 2014 by Devashree Saha
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Utilities and Rooftop Solar Support

NRG Energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.[read more]

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Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

Here's What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids

July 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Microgrids and Utility Opinions

There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids scattered throughout the country. While many of those projects have proved their value during major storms or extended outages, they are largely custom-engineered and limited to public facilities like schools, hospitals and military bases.[read more]

Exelon Will Acquire Pepco and Form Largest Utility in the US

May 2, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Exelon and Pepco

Exelon Corporation announced on Wednesday that it will acquire Pepco Holdings in a $6.8 billion all-cash transaction to create a mega-utility serving the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The new company will be the largest utility in the U.S. in terms of customers served.[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]