Study: Electricity Consumption Increases with Automatic Bill Payment

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The adage “out of sight, out of mind” applies to electricity use, according to new research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

A study of 16 years of billing records from one South Carolina utility found that residential customers using automatic bill payments consumed 4 to 6 percent more power […]

2015-05-07T15:12:51-05:00April 30th, 2015|National Market|

Power plant owners say they won’t see windfall from electricity price auction, disputing Illinois AG

By: Jacob Barker |

With questions mounting from Illinois politicians about the results of an electricity price auction last week, the two big companies who stand to benefit say they won’t see the windfall some critics have claimed.

Houston-based Dynegy Inc. and Chicago-based Exelon both pushed back against assertions from the state’s attorney general that […]

2015-05-07T15:12:51-05:00April 28th, 2015|Illinois Market|

Cal PUC to Jack Up Residential Electric Rates to pay for More Renewables

By: Chriss W. Street |

The PUC “time-of-use” electricity pricing will also disproportionately increase residential energy costs on Democrat voters to pay for more wildly expensive renewable energy.

Established in 2002, accelerated in 2006 and expanded in 2011, California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is the most ambitious renewables requirement in the United States. The RPS […]

2015-05-07T15:12:51-05:00April 26th, 2015|California Market|

Maine Governor Seeks to Reverse Restructuring

By: Josh Kessler |

Maine Governor Paul LePage says that restructuring has failed and wants to overhaul the state’s electricity market, according to the Bangor Daily News. He is proposing to allow transmission and distribution utilities to build and acquire generation assets, as they did prior to restructuring. Maine Public Broadcasting News reported that […]

2015-05-07T15:12:51-05:00April 22nd, 2015|Maine Market|

PA jobs fall, electricity rates spike under Clean Power Plan

By: Jana Benscoter |

The development and implementation of mandated Clean Power Plan regulations could suffocate the breath of fresh air brought by utilization of Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, anticipated to be released in June 2015, would require states to reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent over 2012 levels by […]

2015-05-07T15:12:51-05:00April 21st, 2015|Pennsylvania Market|