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utility death spiral

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities Seem to Have Concrete Shoes On'

February 7, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Utilities and Financial Risk

Since 2004, average residential electric prices have risen 39% to 12.5 cents per kilowatt hour, while sales remain lower than they were in 2007. If utilities continue to raise prices, then more consumers will embrace energy saving devices. This dynamic could create a cycle of falling revenues and rising costs for utilities.[read more]

Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

July 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Changing Utility Business Models

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary.[read more]

Efficiency Group Says 'Utility Death Spiral' Talk Is Overblown

June 17, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Utility Death Spiral?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ran the numbers on electricity consumption projections and concluded that U.S. utilities are largely safe from disruptive defections -- at least for the time being. The reason is simple: people still need energy.[read more]