Photovoltaic Power Plant

What Makes Electricity Green?

When consumers shop for electricity rates, they often encounter plans that claim to be “green” or represent that they contain some percentage of renewable energy. A common question is how does energy flow from renewable generation resources (wind farms, solar arrays, etc.) to customers that have chosen green or renewable energy plans. The short answer […]

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Consumer Protection Rules

Consumer Protection Rules

When state legislators began struggling with the concept of utility deregulation, one of their primary concerns was how to release customers into a new competitive landscape without falling victim to potentially confusing terms and conditions from competitive energy providers. While this may sound somewhat paternalistic, legislators and regulators wanted energy suppliers to compete on price, […]

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Consumer Home

Essentials First, Then The Fun Stuff

Commercial air travel and retail energy are two deregulated industries that have travelled very different paths. Consolidation of commercial airlines has greatly reduced the number of carriers serving various markets. Services once considered basic and complimentary have evolved into costly pay-per-service upgrades. The retail energy market, however, is evolving quite differently. Even with merger and […]

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Natural Gas

Factors Affecting Natural Gas Prices

As a commodity, natural gas prices are affected by supply and demand factors. Supply-side factors include production volume, storage volume, and import-export volume. Demand-side factors include economic growth, fluctuations in weather, and the prices of alternative fuels such as oil and coal. Natural Gas Supply Unlike electricity, natural gas can be stored. Underground storage facilities […]

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