Ameren Cos.. in Illinois and Missouri are among the first electric utility companies in the nation to offer power outage information on mobile devices. Called ameren.mobi, it is available to Ameren’s 2.4 million electricity customers in Illinois and Missouri.
ComEd is on a campaign against stealing electricity and issued a reminder about the public-safety risks associated with the illegal act. So far, the campaign has led to the arrest and conviction of a Wilmington, Ill., man who was charged with violation of the Illinois Public Utility Act.
DTE Energy is helping Detroit Edison customers make their homes more energy efficient with discounts of up to 50 percent on compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The specially priced bulbs are available now through DTE Energy at several area retailers for as little as 99 cents apiece.
With all the dismal economic news, it is encouraging to hear that people are somewhat more satisfied this year than last with cost and service from electric companies, which is according to a study from marketing information service provider J.D. Power and Associates.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1 million electric customers in central Maryland, recently announced an initiative to create one of the most extensive Smart Grids in the nation.
Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Charlottesville has been selected as the first city in Virginia and one of the first in the nation to benefit from smart grid technology that will make the delivery of electricity more efficient and less costly while improving customer service.
All the recent hype and investment in energy efficiency, renewable power and new technology won’t amount to much without the proper upgrades to our energy infrastructure. Thankfully, the trend points to rapid growth in this dimension, too.
While utilities across the country are plugging in solar and wind, they also are in various stages of installing intelligent grid systems to improve control, conservation and reliability. Critical to these efforts is building bulk and distributed storage capacity.
An array of 213 solar panels will soon provide electricity to homes served by Duke Energy’s McAlpine Creek substation in south Charlotte, N.C. The substation’s new solar panels will provide approximately 50 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power five homes when the panels are operating.
Wind power may have the potential to drastically alter our nation’s electricity consumption and reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases, but it will be of little use to energy consumers if the power generated can’t travel easily from the turbine to the plug.
Private and government energy experts have long agreed that major upgrades are sorely needed for our nation’s electric transmission infrastructure—-particularly for the Eastern Interconnection, a vast area composed of all the states east of the Rocky Mountains, with the exception of Texas, which is
Lately, there has been no small amount of rhetoric in the nation’s capital about the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable power. To be sure, the federal government is backing up its words with tangible steps.
Energy is a big focus of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package. As a result, efforts to make our current electrical transmission and distribution system “smarter” will be getting a boost.