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The Current System of Electric Billing No Longer Makes Sense

GreenTechMedia

Dan Seif is vice president for market development at 7X Energy, a Texas-based solar developer. Let’s stop pretending that we’re paying for “energy” via our home power bills and understand that we’re mainly paying for infrastructure.

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How today’s technology can support the energy system of tomorrow

Smart Energy International

As energy policy and politics shift globally, business flexibility will be a necessity for the success of the energy transition. Well, not quite, because anyone who has even briefly scanned the news over the last few months will have noted the shift in the political mood music around energy policy across the world.

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Solar backers pan California’s net metering plan, hint at a possible federal challenge

Renewable Energy World

Solar energy advocates reacted strongly to proposed changes to California’s net metering program. Residential solar developer Sunrun in its initial response appeared to frame a potential federal-level challenge to the proposal, which was issued December 13 and is scheduled for a January 27 vote.

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Should California Link Electricity Bills to Customer Incomes?

GreenTechMedia

California already has some of the highest electricity rates in the country. Those costs could rise even faster over the next decade, as utilities harden their grids against wildfires, grow their share of net-metered rooftop solar, and add other costs being passed through to utility customers.

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From smart meters to big batteries, co-ops emerge as clean grid laboratories

Renewable Energy World

By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network. A wave of pilot programs by Minnesota electric cooperatives is saving customers money and providing useful data for larger utilities considering new technology and pricing models to encourage grid efficiency. Today, 44 member-owned electric co-ops serve about 1.7

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Electrification gets down to the wire

GreenBiz

It’s a shockingly heady time for electricity. The push to quickly transition carbon-intensive activities away from fossil fuels while meeting the world’s growing energy needs has put electricity producers and consumers squarely in the forefront of the emerging clean economy. Subscribe here. Surge protection.

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Defective Meters and Whistleblower Complaints Raise Questions About Gas Utility’s Profits

DeSmogBlog

A little over a decade ago, Gary Dye, then a gas measurement engineer at NW Natural, Oregon’s largest gas utility, lost faith in his employer to responsibly deal with what he believed to be systematic inaccuracies among the company’s hundreds of thousands of gas meters. Faulty Meters Raise Questions About Profits.