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Illinois Considers Greenhouse Gas Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance

By Dick MunsonSource: pgegreenenergyA new utility business model – “Utility 2.0” or “reform” – is the hot topic in statehouses and regulatory commissions across the country. This is due to many factors: technological innovations in the energy sector...

Posted September 18, 2014    

Good News: EPA Standards Could Lower Electricity Bills

By Mandy WarnerSource: Brendan WoodMillions of Americans are watching their bills more closely as middle-class incomes continue to stagnate in the nation's uneven economic recovery.So it's frustrating to hear opponents of climate action once again...

Posted September 17, 2014    

What a Difference a Day Makes! The Value of Real-Time Electricity Data

By Gavin PurchasSource: gato-gato-gatoImagine you’re trying to lose weight. If you step on the scale once a month, how can you possibly know how each of your daily decisions affects the number? Weighing yourself every day would be a step up, giving...

Posted September 16, 2014    

Changing Light Bulbs Can Mean a Wealth of Energy Savings

By Karunakaren MH, student at the Thunderbird School of Global ManagementA few months ago, I traveled halfway across the world from the bright, hot tropical beaches of south-east Asia into a gloomy, chilly Chicago summer to begin my journey as an...

Posted September 13, 2014    

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

By Rachel NeilSource: Flickr/constellationenergyGovernor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883 (Nancy Skinner- Berkeley). This bill would significantly...

Posted September 10, 2014    

EDF's SolaROI Study: Understanding What PG&E's Electricity Rate Changes Mean for Solar PV

By Kristina Mohlin, Visiting Economist; Beia Spiller, Economist; and James Fine, Senior EconomistSource: Duncan RawlinsonAt EDF, our eyes are fixed firmly on improving local air quality and reducing global warming caused by fossil-fuel based...

Posted September 9, 2014    

Clean Power Plan to Reward Texas, not Wyoming Coal-Backers

By Jim MarstonSource: Aurora LightsChronicle readers would be forgiven if they opened their papers last weekend and thought it was 2005. That’s because the Koch brothers-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation published an editorial that echoed the...

Posted September 4, 2014    

Comparing Clean Energy Benefits: Forward-Looking Analyses Are Key

By Peter SopherSource: Kuebi, Armin KübelbeckGood science should spark debate. It’s the nature of the field, after all. You ask questions, search for data and then debate what it means or what actions the data should spur. Such a debate is underway...

Posted September 2, 2014    

EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?

By Marita MirzatunySource: North Texas Renewable Energy GroupAugust has been an eventful month here in Texas. And, no, I’m not referring to news about Governor Rick Perry, rather some of his appointees. The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC),...

Posted September 1, 2014    

Women in Power: Managing California's Electric Grid Takes Nerves of Steel, and a Knack for Collaboration

By Lauren FaberElectricity touches nearly everything we do, but most of us never contemplate what happens behind the scenes to make sure those electrons make it to our homes and businesses.In California – just beyond the outlets, thermostats, and...

Posted August 30, 2014    

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

By Sean Wright, EDF senior analyst, natural gas program, and James Frank, EDF graduate internCleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas emitted...

Posted August 28, 2014    

Utility 2.0: NY's New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

By Beia SpillerSource: AtisSunAs we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more...

Posted August 27, 2014