As customers look to improve energy efficiency in their homes and businesses try to reduce energy costs, more utilities are recrafting their websites to provide relevant information to their customers and to the electrical contractors that may perform energy-efficiency work for them.
Energy consumer demand for distributed-energy resources (DER) is growing for a number of reasons—unexpected utility power outages, planned rolling blackouts, power quality problems, increases in power costs, etc.
In places such as Arizona, where utilities and the solar industry bicker over pricing and metering policies, everyone suffers. In Los Angeles, where the same policies are embraced, everyone wins as increasingly larger projects come online.
The need to modernize the nation’s outdated electrical infrastructure has become something of an axiom in the age of renewables. Recognizing that need, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has offered an incentive.
Whether it is the sun, wind or waves, every region is blessed with renewable resources waiting to be harnessed for power. Recognizing the renewable resources of their landscape, two Midwest utilities recently announced wind-power plans.
The nuclear power industry suffered another setback in California on Tuesday when PG&E announced that it will close the Diablo Canyon power plant in San Luis Obispo County. It is the second such closure in California in the last three years.
Like the desert in summer, the solar power controversy in Arizona continues to sizzle. The drama involving Arizona Public Service (APS), net metering and solar power has been well documented. Now, a new storyline has emerged.
On March 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will serve 10 million customers.
From waves to wood chips to grass, the renewable energy era has been all about generating power from unlikely sources. A Washington, D.C., utility has taken this trend one step further and is harnessing power from sewage effluent.
With cities and utilities worldwide upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for streets and outdoor areas, owners and installers wonder when they will build in the controls for smart-city applications.
As the power sector evolves to accommodate innovations such as renewables and efficiency, utilities and providers have not always embraced change.
However, conservation proponents won a national battle recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a regulation supporting demand-response programs.
Nevada’s Public Utility Commission has made it increasingly difficult for the state’s solar-power market, pushing out at least three solar companies. In January, the commission voted unanimously against requests to delay the implementation of controversial changes to metering rates.
Innovative programs in the energy sector need all the help they can get. Vested interests, such as utilities and power providers, have a profit motive for maintaining the status quo. Sometimes, government is the only hope. Other times, it stands in the way.
As controversies continue over the growth of residential solar-power installations and the various policies that support them, one state is standing by its program. In doing so, it has set an example for how to strike a balance between the needs of customers and utilities.
On Wednesday, Mar. 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted two to one to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will now serve 10 million customers.