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Exelon-Pepco Merger Could Hinder DC's Renewable and Efficiency Goals, Study Suggests

Will Exelon allow its regulated utilities to rise to the distributed energy future?If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings (for more than $6 billion), it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of...

Posted January 28, 2015    

4 Things to Watch For in the 2015 Energy Storage Market

The real drama isn’t in California.The energy storage market really began to heat up in 2014, but 2015 promises a faster pace and bigger scale, according to Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst with GTM Research. Here's what to keep an eye...

Posted January 27, 2015    

Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

Wellinghoff expresses confidence that demand response will get its day in court and be vindicated.Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S....

Posted January 26, 2015    

CES Sells Consumers on the Effortlessly Automated Smart Home

Energy savings are in there somewhere.Amidst the bedazzled wearable tech and the gamified toothbrushes, the intelligent, connected house was a top draw at this year’s International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.The evolution of the past few...

Posted January 17, 2015    

UK Capacity Market Accused of Being a New Fossil-Fuel Subsidy

A lone advocate asserts that demand response is getting a raw deal in the U.K.The United Kingdom’s new capacity market is meant to lower electricity prices by encouraging competition and new generation. But it will actually do just the opposite,...

Posted January 15, 2015    

View Raising Another $75M for Smart Windows

Is the smart-glass market finally scaling?View continues to be on a funding streak in 2015, with a new filing to bring in another $75 million. One year ago, the smart window startup raised $100 million.The Milpitas, Calif.-based startup has raised $...

Posted January 11, 2015    

Nest Thermostats Now Link Up to Products From LG, Philips, Whirlpool, and Others

Last June, Nest announced some big names in the first round of integration with its thermostat, which acts as the hub for its smart home platform.This week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, the list of names has gotten bigger. LG, Whirlpool,...

Posted January 10, 2015    

Electricity, Not Gas, Gains Market Share in Home Heating

Last January, the polar vortex brought extreme cold temperatures to much of the U.S., causing energy prices to spike as the natural gas system struggled and fossil-fuel power plants tripped offline.In the aftermath, there was much hand-wringing...

Posted January 3, 2015    

Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland

Demand response court challenges can’t stop residential programs.TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009.The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which...

Posted December 28, 2014    

From Court Battles to International Expansion, a Look at the State of Demand Response

Last December, we got it right when forecasting demand response trends for this year -- particularly when it came to our prediction that DR would be increasingly important year-round. Just a few weeks later, the polar vortex proved that to...

Posted December 25, 2014    

Nearly $1 Billion Available for PACE Projects in 2014

Property-assessed clean energy loan (PACE) programs for both residential and commercial sectors are booming in 2014, with much more growth to come in 2015.California has completed about $500 million in residential PACE projects for around 25,000...

Posted December 23, 2014    

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

The nebulous idea of a connected home is slowly seeping into the consumer market in 2014, with years of advertising by security and service providers finally starting to pay off.Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the...

Posted December 19, 2014