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Pricy Power for PG&E Customers!

Today and tomorrow are the first Peak-Day Pricing (PDP) events of 2012 for Pacific Gas & Electric. That means that for commercial customers throughout Northern California electricity is about to get very expensive. From 2 PM  until 6 PM on  Monday July 9th and Tuesday July 10th, PG&E’s E-19 customers will pay $1.20/kWh! Here at […]

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Hot times in NYC today

It’s hardly news to anyone on the East Coast that it’s hot today, but did you know it’s affecting what you pay for electricity?  If you’re on the Voluntary Time-of-Day pricing in Manhattan today you’re paying a whopping 72.5¢ per kWh!   Sounds like a good day to shut down everything in the house and […]

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Apps for Energy Competition Announced by the Department of Energy

Get ready to change the way you think about your electricity bill! The Department of Energy (DOE) just announced the details for its Apps for Energy competition.  The DOE is challenging developers to use Green Button data to create apps for residential consumers to reduce energy usage and save money.  Competition opened Thursday, and the […]

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Energy for Cupcakes

Can you imagine if we treated pricing of everyday goods like we treat energy? Consider the following example: I go to the corner bakery everyday for a week and get a cupcake (on Thursday I was bad and had two).  At the end of the week the bakery bills me.  I know the average price […]

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Electricity Bills Are Not Created Equal

When you type ‘electricity bill’ into your favorite search engine, you’ll find the results generated have one common theme, reducing your electricity bill.  There are many resources out there that give energy consumers tips on how to do just that. You can change your light bulbs, upgrade your appliances or simply turn the lights out […]

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Power Hacks

Taking Control of your Power If you want to take control of your power, the first thing you need to do is get access to your own real-time energy consumption data. (Preferably on your smartphone or at least through a web-service). Don’t worry we’ll walk you through the process, no matter where you live, nor […]

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Peakshaving through the Heat Wave

In parts of New England, wholesale spot prices for electricity hit $560 per megawatt hour on friday, 10 times annual average prices. The PJM Interconnection announced that it set a new record for Peak Power Use by meeting demand for 158,450 megawatts of power. (One megawatt of power can power 1000 homes). The PJM Interconnection, […]

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The PG&E Marketing Hoax

If you catch one of the PG&E SmartMeter ™ ads on TV, you might get excited by what they promise. The ads are slickly produced, with customers describing how cool it is to ‘See Your Power,’ receive ‘Energy Alerts’ and manage how much energy you use. The trouble is, the ads are ‘forward-looking‘, and more […]

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A Problem of Understanding

If the average person doesn’t understand how electricity prices are structured, how are they going to save money on their bill? The recent Deloitte reSources 2011 Study indicates that only 38% of people claim they understand the resources offered to them by their electricity provider. Additionally, only 17% believe it would not be difficult for […]

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About Tariffs

Electricity tariffs are the contract between a utility and its customers.  In the past selecting your electricity tariff was like choosing the color of your Model T, there was no choice.  That’s changing as Utility Commissions push the utilities to provide consumers with choices.  In deregulated markets, non-utility electric suppliers are offering an enormous variety […]

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