Electricity Pricing Plans

A Different Take on Electricity Pricing

When shopping for home electricity rates, you will find a variety of plans from which to choose. These plans may include smart thermostats to help you manage your energy consumption.  There are plans coupled with home warranties and HVAC maintenance programs.  In some states, you will also see innovative time-of-use plans that reward you for […]

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Home Energy Efficiency

Residential Energy Tax Incentives

In December 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law.  This bill directs how the federal government spends money.  As with most federal spending bills, it covers many programs and initiatives.  Among its many provisions, it extended personal tax credits for homeowners making energy efficiency improvements. Why Tax Incentives? Some technologies create significant benefits for society […]

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Why We Need Electricity Choice

At the end of 2015, only 15 states and the District of Columbia had active residential electric choice programs. Participation caps in California and Michigan squelched consumer choice in those states.  New York effectively shut down its residential electricity market in February 2016 by imposing drastic limitations on marketers.  Customers in Ohio, Illinois, and Massachusetts are […]

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Solar Investment Tax Credit Extended

The solar electric generation industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Residential rooftop solar installations, once considered rare and quirky, have gained widespread acceptance in many states.  Significant reductions in the cost of materials combined with tax incentives from federal, state and local governments are the primary drivers of this transformation. Solar Energy Incentives […]

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Connecticut Electricity Rates

Connecticut Electricity Choice

While Connecticut’s official nickname is the “Constitution State,” it is also know by other monikers including the “Nutmeg State” and the “Provisions State.” One of the lesser-known nicknames is the “Land of Steady Habits.” While this was intended to allude to the strict morals of the state’s inhabitants, it also reflects the standards to which […]

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Electric Customer Choice Market Evolution

Imagine if the telecom industry had deregulated in such a way that people in one state were streaming movies on their smart phones while their counterparts in another state were limited to using rotary dial phones anchored to wall jacks. This essentially describes the current state of electric customer choice markets. Unlike other deregulated industries, […]

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Texas solar electricity

Solar Energy: Delivery Tariff Challenges

The five largest sources of renewable energy generation in Texas are wind power, landfill gas, hydroelectric power, biomass energy, and solar power.  Only three of these renewable energy sources, wind power, hydroelectric power, and solar power, do not involve combustion.  Interestingly, in a state known for its abundant sunshine and lack of high gradient rivers, […]

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Texas Residential Electric Deposit Rules

You see a great electricity rate from an energy supplier and start the online enrollment process.  You are almost through the process when you see that a deposit will be required to initiate electric service.  What do you do now?  Fortunately, you have several choices to explore other than paying the deposit.  First, read this […]

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