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If Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Offers So Many Benefits, Why Don’t We Have More of It?

March 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Time-Variant Electricity Benefits

Most residential electricity customers are charged the same price regardless of when the electricity is being used. Charging customers a uniform price for electric service looks a bit like buying groceries by the cart instead of by the items purchased – simple, to be sure, but so riddled with inefficiencies.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities are Most Valuable When they Stay Invisible'

June 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Utility Value


On the last day of this year’s 37th IAEE International Conference in New York a distinguished panel of experts discussed the profound challenges the traditional utility business model is facing from different vantage points with their own distinct points of departure.[read more]

What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid?

April 21, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Smart Grid Expectations

There’s no doubt that the smart grid is coming, but it’s not well understood by most people. What will it look like? How will it help us? At a recent Women in Cleantech and Sustainability event, a panel of smart and well-informed women was on hand to shed light on the mysteries of the smart grid.[read more]

Water Utility Turns to DR and Efficiency to Save $500M Annually

April 8, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

From high rises in Los Angeles to 7-Elevens in New York City, enterprises are looking for ways around high utility demand charges during peak times of electricity usage. But for water utilities, especially in California, it’s difficult to tackle energy costs in the midst of a water crisis.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update

March 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency and Utilities

Some people are surprised to learn that our electric and natural gas utilities spend billions of dollars a year to help customers need and use less energy. But helping people get more work out of less electricity and natural gas has long been a winning strategy for many of America’s hometown utilities.[read more]

Hidden Treasure: Two New Resources Offer Up Massive Amounts of Utility Data

March 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Two new energy data initiatives being launched this week illustrate how individual utilities and smart grid research consortia are helping to break the logjam on opening the flood of data from smart meters, smart grid devices and energy-aware homes.[read more]

Report: Solar Paired With Storage Is a 'Real, Near, and Present' Threat to Utilities

February 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Threat to Utilities

As Superstorm Sandy rocked the East Coast, 75 residents gathered in the Midtown Community School in Bayonne, New Jersey. The elementary school was operating as an emergency shelter, the school was also an experiment in hybrid solar photovoltaics that may herald structural change in the power sector.[read more]


Want to Sustain Utilities? Decouple Profits from Revenues, Assign Costs Where they Belong and Enable Customers to Make Smarter Energy Choices

February 10, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Decoupling and Utility Profits

The challenge and opportunity to craft rules that can stop any utility ‘death spiral’ while enabling users to control their energy costs and clean up our air and water is staring us straight in the face. It’s only going to get more challenging, and more compelling with each passing year.[read more]

Survey: Only 32% Of Utilities Know What Kind of Data Analytics They Use

January 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Utilities and Data Analytics

When 235 utility respondents were asked by Black & Veatch what sort of data analytics their utility was using to improve operational performance, many said they simply didn’t know. Deploying technologies effectively is a bit of a head scratcher for many utilities.[read more]