General

  • Colorado Springs Utilities customers will see a small decrease in their electric bills -- 72 cents a month for a typical residential user -- effective April 1.
  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Audrey Zibelman, the chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, is helping launch a revolution in the delivery of energy and energy services in her state. She recently responded to questions from The Energy Times.
  • Lower energy prices drove consumer prices in Houston down 0.9 percent in January and February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
  • ComEd announces it has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds for 2015 to help customers struggling to pay their electric bill. ComEd is urging customers who have fallen behind on paying their electric bill to contact ComEd to see if they are eligible for payment arrangements or financial assistance.
  • Recent financial reports on JEA by the nation's major credit- rating agencies paint a picture of a large public utility facing big challenges in the years ahead but buoyed by strong leadership, competitive rates and an aggressive campaign to tackle its $5 billion debt.
  • A legislative committee is looking into increases in electricity prices in Massachusetts, with its chairman calling the hikes "unprece-dented" and "outrageous" as news broke that Boston residents paid far more than the national average for electricity.
  • The warmer weather isn't the only reason people will be smiling.
  • Siemens Energy plans to lay off 200 to 240 workers at its plant in Mount Vernon, a move tied to the continuing slump in energy prices.
  • Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) released its 2014 Integrated Report, Powering a New Day, a review of the company's financial, operational, environmental and social performance and the progress the company has made in creating sustainable value for its owners, customers, employees and communities
  • Global Power Equipment Group Inc. has announced the resignation of Luis Ramirez as president, CEO and director of the company.
  • General Electric Company, or GE, has named Ron Pollett as vice president of GE and president & CEO for GE Russia/CIS.
  • Leitchfield Utilities officially made its four department heads salary personnel on Thursday, March 19.
  • Allconnect, a national leader in connecting consumers with essential home services, today announced a new partnership with Westar Energy, the largest electric utility in Kansas, to offer its Move Advisor program to Westar’s nearly 700,000 customers.
  • GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, a leader in U.S. retail energy, announced today that it has renewed its multi-year contract to power Citizens Bank Park.
  • National Grid announced last month that it is giving two grants totaling $1 million to SUNY Polytechnic Institute for its new 356,000-square-foot ZEN building.
  • Westar Energy will be sending rebates to customers after collecting $38 million too much last year.
  • SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW), developer of see-through electricity-generating coatings for glass, announced today that the Company has formally launched its social media program on both Twitter and Facebook.
  • Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, has announced its plans to open its Jackson Innovation Center, a hub for generating new ideas to serve Michigan residents' energy needs and for promoting innovation and collaboration across the area's business community, in downtown Jackson.
  • Educators and faculty at schools and colleges in communities served by Dominion Resources are invited to apply for $1.5 million in educational grants to fund energy, environment and workforce development programs.
  • Alex Pischalnikov

    Now is the time for utilities to look at wearable tech
    Mar 24, 2015 | Alex Pischalnikov

    The utilities industry is undergoing a major revolution---digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling a smarter grid and a renewed focus on the customer. While wearable devices are a fairly new entry into this technology ecosystem, they offer utilities promising opportunities to make operations more efficient and to increase customer satisfaction.