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Trump or Biden: Texas is Going Green Either Way

One day after the Presidential election, the U.S. formally withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. Although this coincides with President Trump’s ongoing initiatives to protect the coal industry, this has not slowed down companies looking to profit from the expanding renewables industry. Transitioning to clean energy Even in Texas, a state that is synonymous with … Read more

New company to offer energy-as-a-service to small and medium-sized commercial customers

For small and medium-sized C&I customers, solar, storage, and backup power have traditionally not been cost-efficient. The high costs and complexity of engineering site-specific energy systems typically rules out these customer classes. Over the past decade, however, the microgrid market has evolved, and clean-energy companies are hoping to be able to target these users. Recently, … Read more

Columbia Report Indicates Electrical Burden Is Shifting to Residences

Researchers from Columbia University have released a report on the potential effects of the COVID pandemic on U.S. electricity demand. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented changes in the ways people interact and approach economic activities,” the paper reads. Ultimately, they conclude that electricity demand is unlikely to return to normal levels even after … Read more

Payment Plans Available for Eversource, CNG, SCG, and UI Customers

Last month, Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) ended its “Shut-off Moratorium” for state-regulated electric, gas and water utilities. However, PURA also extended the enrollment period for COVID-19 Payment Program for residential and non-residential customers through November 1, 2020. With less than a week remaining, customers are encouraged to act quickly if they need assistance. … Read more

Bill Assistance, Payment Extensions Available to ComEd Customers

As the COVID pandemic continues to create financial hardships, ComEd is reminding customers about a variety of programs to assist with their energy bills. For low-income households and those with financial hardships, the company has already extended its moratorium on service disconnections through March 31. Through an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission, over $18 … Read more

Ohio and Illinois to lose 7 coal-fired plants over next 7 years

Vistra Energy has announced that from 2022 to 2027, they will be closing 2 coal plants in Ohio and another 5 in Illinois. This decision is part of the company’s plan to reduce its carbon footprint. In an effort to transition to clean power sources, Vistra also included in its plan an $850 million investment … Read more

Texas to End Moratorium on Disconnections in October

Many Texans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have been protected from having their electricity disconnected due to non-payment. After the governor declared a state of emergency in March, the Texas PUC initiated a plan so customers could self-enroll if they were facing economic hardships. According to this plan, the PUC ordered all retail providers to … Read more

In the Wake of Isaias, Utilities Offer Reimbursements to Customers

Following Tropical Storm Isaias, residents of New York and New Jersey experienced widespread power outages. While many people are already facing hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis, utilities faced severe criticism for slow responses in power restoration. Typically utilities will not pay claims for loss due to power outage; however, at this time, PSEG and … Read more