Regulatory Decoupling Removes Financial Barriers to Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

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From Direct Options Executive Market Intelligence    January 2010 Download pdf As regulators and utility executives confront expensive capital programs and looming carbon-dioxide reduction goals, efficiency and conservation are gaining more prominence as the low-cost, instantly-available alternative to building new power plants or gas distribution lines. For too long, utilities have been financially penalized if they helped their customers lower their … Read More

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Dodged a bullet. Whistled past the graveyard. Rolled the dice. Whatever metaphor you prefer, it looks like utility communicators will not get “fracked” by the fast-disappearing Matt Damon film, Promised Land. And that’s good, because it doesn’t appear that utility communicators invested a lot of time or effort preparing for the potential negative PR impact of that movie. Promised Land … Read More

Speak First, Then Build: Renewable Energy and Transmission Lines

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SUGAR LAND–July 6, 2010–Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)–Climate change, renewable energy, interstate transmission lines, and coaching the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team were among the top items discussed when governors from Western states assembled in Whitefish, Montana, last week for their annual Western Governors’ Association (WGA) conference. Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who has coached … Read More

CCS: Economics and Communications Challenges

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND–May 21, 2010–Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)–Pre-commercial demonstrations of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology in the U.S. continue to show that CCS technology is sound, but CCS is increasingly being questioned on economic and communications grounds, according to a breakout session at the 12th Annual Electric Power Conference & Exhibition in Baltimore. … Read More

“Ding Dong, Energy Services Calling”

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By John Egan, for E Source, March, 2010 Utilities, government entities, efficiency organizations, and civic volunteer groups are working together in some areas to provide neighborhood energy sweeps, also known as energy blitzes, as a way to rapidly capture energy savings in homes. Some time ago, when energy prices were high, energy sweeps were used to provide direct installation of … Read More

Branding ≠ Advertising

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Utility communicators are faced with shrinking budgets.  In these tight times, executives may be tempted to view the corporate brand as something that will take care of itself, without any care, feeding, or specific attention.  Savvy utility communicators see things differently, and they work hard to create compelling customer connections. Learn more