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Utility Asks for 15% Rate Hike; Efficiency Spend to Double

Utility Ameren Missouri is planning a 14.6 percent rate hike next year to reimburse investments in renewable energy, efficiency and reliability. The subsidiary of Ameren Corporation filed an electric rate increase request with the Missouri Public Service Commission, saying the $376 million increase is needed to cover investments as well … Read more »

AEP Says EPA Rules Will Raise Businesses’ Rates 10-35%

Proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations would cost AEP $6 billion to $8 billion by the end of the decade and raise electricity prices for its business customers by 10 to 35 percent or more, the utility said today. AEP said that cumulative costs of EPA regulations have been “vastly … Read more »

Ameren Says Energy Efficiency Hurts Bottom Line

Utility Ameren Missouri plans to cut energy efficiency investments by $5 million next year, down from $25 million this year, in an effort to bolster its bottom line. The company says it needs to cut its energy efficiency program because shareholders foot the upfront cost for several years before the … Read more »

Xcel Cuts Solar Payments to Business

Xcel Cuts Solar Payments to Business

Utility Xcel Energy is lowering the payments it makes to businesses that plan to generate solar energy under its Solar*Rewards program. Effective yesterday, Solar*Rewards incentives for small customer-owned systems (0.5to 10 kW) will be paid at $2.01 per watt, down from $2.35 per watt. The medium and third-party owned programs … Read more »

Utilities Expect to Spend More on Efficiency

Nine out of ten utility executives expect that budgets for energy efficiency resources will increase by at least ten percent in 2011, according to a survey. The survey by Comverge, a vendor of energy management programs, found that 92 percent of utility executives predict an increase of ten percent or … Read more »

FirstEnergy, Ballard to Demo 1-MW Mobile Fuel Cell System

FirstEnergy and Ballard Power Systems are testing a utility-scale fuel cell system that will produce one megawatt of electricity. It’s considered to be the world’s largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen-powered fuel cell. At 54-ft. long, the unit is mounted on a tractor-trailer for mobility. The demonstration is being conducted … Read more »

EnerNOC Inks 40-MW Demand Response Capacity Deal with TEP

EnerNOC Inks 40-MW Demand Response Capacity Deal with TEP

EnerNOC has signed a multi-year deal to supply Tucson Electric Power (TEP) with up to 40 megawatts (MW) of demand response capacity beginning later this year using the company’s demand response application, DemandSMART. TEP expects the demand response program to help the utility maintain reliable service during periods of peak … Read more »

South Jersey Industries Adds Solar at 2 Sites

South Jersey Industries has added more than 700 kilowatts worth of solar generating capacity at two of its facilities. The utility has put a 50 kilowatt roof-mounted solar system at its Folsom, N.J., site, reports Press of Atlantic City. That 210-panel project is expected to generate 60,000 kilowatt hours of … Read more »

How To Avoid Regulatory Pitfalls In Solar Energy Projects

News stories about companies converting to solar energy are becoming more and more prevalent. You see photos of solar arrays glistening in the sun, providing the clean energy that everyone covets. However, what you don’t see in the thirty second sound bite is all the work that went into getting … Read more »

Central Hudson Pitting Hybrids vs. Biodiesel in Truck Fleet Test

Central Hudson will use its eight new heavy-duty hybrid trucks as a comparison against biodiesel-powered trucks already in service. Evaluating the pros and cons of each will point the way forward for the utility. Central Hudson received $700,000 through the federal stimulus package to aid in the purchase of the … Read more »

National Grid Wants to Triple Energy Efficiency Programs

If National Grid has its way, Massachusetts electricity customers will pay higher electricity and gas rates while benefiting from expanded energy efficiency programs that help them use less energy overall. National Grid submitted a proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to expand its energy efficiency programs by a … Read more »