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Are Energy Prices Fair for Customers?

June 11, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax

Energy Prices and Consumers

Energy suppliers have been put under increased pressure to reduce gas and electricity bills, for both domestic and commercial energy users. This is due to the recent reports that customers now owe more money to their suppliers despite the fact that wholesale energy prices have declined.[read more]

Carbon Prices Around the World are Consistently Too Low

June 3, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Carbon Pricing Accuracy

Carbon pricing is spreading rapidly around the world. However prices almost everywhere are far too low at the moment to price emissions efficiently. The vast majority of priced emissions – about 90% of the total – are priced below $14/tCO2, which may be too low.[read more]

Are Policymakers Driving Blind with Yesterday's Energy Cost Numbers?

June 2, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Energy Numbers and Policy

One of the most striking features of today’s modern energy economy is the pace and scale at which new technologies are changing an industry used to a much slower pace of evolution. Policymakers used to operating in an environment where capital deployment happens over the course of years.[read more]

How Will Low Oil Prices Affect Natural Gas?

April 6, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Media coverage of energy has focused heavily on oil prices, lately, for understandable reasons. Oil's plunge and volatility would be newsworthy, even if petroleum weren't still our leading source of energy, especially for transportation. In this context, the dog that hasn't barked is natural gas.[read more]

U.S. Electricity Rates Are Jumping - Or Are They?

March 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Electricity Rate Analysis

Despite the volatility in wholesale markets, and the billions of dollars in upgrades to the electricity grid, the price most homeowners pay for energy is likely going to stay relatively flat in coming years, according to the EIA, rising only about 1 percent for 2015.[read more]

So, how do we Make Sustainability ... Sustainable?

December 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Sustainable Sustainability

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This shift, where clean energy is beginning to compete head-to-head with traditional energy sources, calls for a change in perspective.[read more]

Boston, New York City Winter Natural Gas Prices Expected to Remain High

November 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Urban Fuel Sources and Natural Gas

Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston.[read more]

Consumer Energy Expenditures are 5% of Disposable Income, Below Long-Term Average

October 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Consumer Energy Costs

Total U.S. household energy consumption expenditures have generally declined relative to disposable income since 1960, although during periods of high energy prices, consumers devote increasing shares of their income to energy. Energy expenditures ranged between 4% and 8% of disposable income since 1960.[read more]

Rationalizing California's Residential Electricity Rates

September 30, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Home Electricity Rates

California is talking seriously about changing the way utilities price electricity for residential customers. As a result of recent legislative actions, the CPUC now has some flexibility to modify the extreme increasing-block pricing schedules that were adopted after California’s 2000-01 electricity crisis.[read more]

Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

September 4, 2014 by Justin Guay

India's Coal Sector

India's coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it's time to diversify away from coal.[read more]

National Lab Shows RPS Pays Off at Low Cost

June 16, 2014 by Tom Plant

Renewable Portfolio Standards and Costs

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have been tremendously successful in driving both renewable energy investment and deployment of renewable resources in the U.S. Two-thirds of all non-hydro renewable capacity additions since 1998 have happened in states with RPS policies.[read more]

Why Biofuels Tend to be Costly

March 14, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Photosynthesis is a very inefficient process. Solar energy is converted into biomass at a rate of only 1 percent or so, which is a fraction of the energy conversion that can be achieved with a solar panel. An advantage of photosynthesis is the biomass that is produced is built-in energy storage.[read more]

The Polar Vortex Wreaks Havoc On Utility Bills

January 31, 2014 by Veronique Bugnion

Polar Vortex and Home Energy Cost

2014 brought the polar vortex to our vocabulary, and with the continuing bitter cold in the Eastern half of the US, most of us are wondering: what’s going to happen to our utility bills? The short answer is that it’s not going to be pleasant in the near term, and probably not in the longer term either.[read more]

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the Vermont Economy

January 28, 2014 by Willem Post
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With regard to renewable energy, it DOES matter what Vermont does, especially if it is on the wrong track to the detriment of Vermont’s economy, which has been in near-zero-growth mode since about 2007, with declining real household incomes since about 2000.[read more]

Natural Gas Loses to Solar Energy on Costs, A First

January 9, 2014 by Lewis Milford
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For those who already think natural gas will win out over renewable power, a judge has said, not so fast. In what may be the first time a U.S. solar power project has been declared cost-competitive against natural gas in a competitive bidding process, a judge has said solar is cheaper than natural gas.[read more]