Smart Meters and Efficiency

Smart meters are being promoted as a key part of a strategy for improving energy efficiency. Some utilities, such as Commonwealth Edison, have sold state legislatures a bill of goods so that utilities can charge customers for installing smart meters. Continue reading Smart Meters and Efficiency

Demand Response with Smart Meters

Demand Response (DR) is a process for trimming electrical load, also referred to as load shedding, to reduce peak loads on a portion of the grid. Load shedding has been used by utilities for many years, usually in cooperation with Continue reading Demand Response with Smart Meters

Interesting News from California

The cat is out of the bag. It’s impossible to meet the administration’s target of cutting CO2 emissions 80% by 2050 without using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). What this really means is that it will probably be impossible to Continue reading Interesting News from California

RPS Forces People to Buy Expensive Electricity

Approximately 27 states have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) that forces people to buy expensive electricity. By looking at one state, it’s possible to see the economic impact of RPS. Illinois has passed a law (Public Act 095-0481) establishing Renewable Portfolio Continue reading RPS Forces People to Buy Expensive Electricity

Bad Clean-Coal

The sobriquet “clean-coal” has become associated with Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants that use carbon capture and sequestration. It’s the type the president asked for in his State of the Union address. This is unfortunate because IGCC plants Continue reading Bad Clean-Coal