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Utility companies to invest millions in grid

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:55
National Grid’s upgrades would cost $225 million to $830 million over five years, according to the plan filed with the DPU. The utility provider serves 172 Massachusetts communities, including the island of Nantucket. Its customers would see an average ...

Water costs drive NE Fort Collins home prices

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:32
Lot costs at Hartford’s Timbervine project are between $30,000 and $40,000 more than in adjacent Dry Creek, serviced by Fort Collins Utilities, Hoover said, with about half the additional costs attributed to water. Hartford Homes has most of the water ...

New Mexico utility tries again with new rate request

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:34
Utility officials say they expect the latest proposal, if approved, to be offset by lower fuel costs as well as savings that would be realized through a new coal supply contract if the company's plan for shutting down part of the San Juan Generating ...

Cost of living continues to drop for North Louisiana communities

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:14
For the Shreveport-Bossier MSA, the cost of utilities represents the lowest cost category at 79.1 percent. The Shreveport-Bossier MSA includes all of Caddo, Bossier, De Soto and Webster Parishes. Housing is the next most affordable category at 84.5 percent.

Avista could lower natural gas rates by nearly 15 percent

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:59
Avista is asking the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to approve the “purchased gas cost adjustment” request so it can go into effect on Nov. 1. Along with that, the company says it will be receiving a smaller benefit through a ...

215 Million And Rising: Surge In LED Installs Is A Growing Threat To Utility Industry

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 06:57
But those potential savings (or lost sales, if you are a utility executive) pale in comparison to the ... particularly since the installed lighting systems are relatively efficient and low cost. But as the two graphics below indicate, the trend lines ...

PSC rejects call to focus on utilities' hedging losses

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:48
Florida's investor-owned electric utilities have lost $6.1 billion in bad bets on the cost of fuel since 2002, a river of cash deep enough to build at least three natural gas power plants from scratch. But Florida regulators Thursday unanimously rejected a ...

Fleet maintenance: Diagnostic alerts and reports help control maintenance costs

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 01:00
For more information about Verizon Networkfleet or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide. Overcoming the pain points associated with any process is much simpler and more cost effective than you think. This webinar will detail ...

Fleet maintenance: Diagnostic alerts and reports help control maintenance costs

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 01:00
For more information about Verizon Networkfleet or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide. Overcoming the pain points associated with any process is much simpler and more cost effective than you think. This webinar will detail ...

Fleet maintenance: Diagnostic alerts and reports help control maintenance costs

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 01:00
For more information about Verizon Networkfleet or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide. Overcoming the pain points associated with any process is much simpler and more cost effective than you think. This webinar will detail ...

Uncertainty By Water Utilities Surrounding Smart City Concept May Hide Golden Opportunity

Utility Cost - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:22
Cloud-based systems with greater cost-efficiencies are making analytics available to smaller utilities. “These services, often subscription-based, host the analytics, IT information and customer data that combine to deliver actionable intelligence about ...

SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:30
To lead planners there, the paper proposes a new distribution-level policy concept to encourage utilities to use DERs instead of traditional energy solutions when they are cost effective. It's called the Distribution Loading Order. Some states have a ...

SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:30
To lead planners there, the paper proposes a new distribution-level policy concept to encourage utilities to use DERs instead of traditional energy solutions when they are cost effective. It's called the Distribution Loading Order. Some states have a ...

SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:30
To lead planners there, the paper proposes a new distribution-level policy concept to encourage utilities to use DERs instead of traditional energy solutions when they are cost effective. It's called the Distribution Loading Order. Some states have a ...

SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:30
To lead planners there, the paper proposes a new distribution-level policy concept to encourage utilities to use DERs instead of traditional energy solutions when they are cost effective. It's called the Distribution Loading Order. Some states have a ...

SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:30
To lead planners there, the paper proposes a new distribution-level policy concept to encourage utilities to use DERs instead of traditional energy solutions when they are cost effective. It's called the Distribution Loading Order. Some states have a ...

Rocky Mountain Institute: Flexiwatts Save Customers, Utilities $Billions

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:00
There is a stark disparity between the falling costs for renewable energy solutions for electricity customers and the rising $1 trillion budget that U.S. utilities will spend on new infrastructure over the next 15 years. The potential for utility over ...

Rocky Mountain Institute: Flexiwatts Save Customers, Utilities $Billions

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:00
There is a stark disparity between the falling costs for renewable energy solutions for electricity customers and the rising $1 trillion budget that U.S. utilities will spend on new infrastructure over the next 15 years. The potential for utility over ...

State to investigate PG&E’s corporate attitude toward safety, security

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:48
“Here’s our bind: We are now reaching the upper end of fines and cash penalties that the CPUC economic studies … argue that we can make the utility pay without raising the cost to borrow capital, and thus raise costs to ratepayers,” Picker said in ...

Flexiwatts’ – and why demand flexibility can save billions

Utility Cost - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:35
Utilities should see DF as a golden opportunity to engage customers and reduce system costs. However, if rate structures evolve unfavorably (higher fixed charges, technology-specific “penalties,” reduces compensation for services provided), DF may ...
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