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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Utilities

Utilities


Snohomish PUD Kicks Off Stanwood Energy-Saving Competition

Snohomish County PUD Press Release, Jan. 29, 2014.
http://www.snopud.com/newsroom.ashx?p=1102&173_na=252

On Feb. 3, 2014, "Snohomish County Public Utility District will launch a new community-based Stanwood Energy Challenge, in which two teams of eight businesses each will compete to see which can save more energy." This is a behavior based energy efficiency pilot program, partially funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.

When 20% of Your Workforce is Retiring: Employment Challenges for Electric Power

Hydro Review, Jan. 2014, by Alan Hardcastle & Sally Zeiger Hanson.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-1/article/when-20-of-your-workforce-is-retiring-employment-challenges-for-electric-power.html

"Between now and 2018, about 17% of the current electric power workforce in the Pacific Northwest is expected to retire, and it is becoming more challenging to fill open positions. What are employers to do?"

Innovation in Building Energy Efficiency Puts Seattle in National Leadership Spotlight

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, Jan. 27, 2014.
http://www.neec.net/news/neec-press-release-innovation-building-energy-efficiency-puts-seattle-national-leadership-spotl

"Pay for Performance (PfP) is an innovative pilot project from Seattle City Light designed to test a new way to calculate the utility financial incentive and to provide more surety that the project delivers energy savings year over year. PfP offers the chance for building owners to receive a greater incentive than what they get under the traditional system, if they can show more than predicted measured and verified savings at the meter. For Seattle City Light, it reduces the utility’s risk in actually receiving the savings for which they are paying."


Current Trends in Utility Rates & Economic Regulation

WE (Western Energy): The Official Publication of Western Energy Institute, Fall 2013, by Russell A. Feingold.
http://digital.apogee-mg.com/publication/?i=184542 (Scroll to page 8.)

Reports on trends in Black & Veatch Corporation's annual U.S. Electric Utility Industry Report. "While the results of the 2013 report show the continuity of many recent industry trends, certain significant changes were noted that have affected, or are starting to affect, participating organizations."

Hawaii Energy Reports Let Residents Compare Electricity Usage to Neighbors

Pacific Business News, Jan. 15, 2014, by Duane Shimogawa.
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/01/15/hawaii-energy-reports-let-residents.html

"Hawaii Energy is sending some Oahu residents free reports in the mail that compare their electricity usage to their neighbors in an effort to encourage energy efficiency, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program."

Buying Renewables Through Utilities: Duke Energy Gives Customers What They Want

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Outlook, Dec. 30, 2013, by Owen Smith.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2013_12_30_buying_renewables_through_utilities

"Duke Energy officially has the green light from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to launch a new renewable energy program in North Carolina. The program will enable select large customers to secure up to 100 percent of new electricity needs from renewable energy sources."

Utility Community Solar Handbook: Understanding and Supporting Utility Program Development

Solar Electric Power Association, Dec. 2013.
http://www.solarelectricpower.org/media/71952/solarops-community-solar-handbook.pdf

"This handbook provides the utility's perspective on utility managed community solar program development and is a resource for government officials, regulators, community organizers, solar energy advocates, non-profits and interested citizens who want to support or educate their local utility in implementing a new or improving an existing community solar project."

SmartGridCity Pricing Pilot Study: Impact Evaluation Results, 2011-2013

Excel Energy, Dec. 6, 2013.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/dive_static/diveimages/
SGC_Pricing_Pilot_Evaluation_Report_FINAL-1.pdf


Reports on an Excel Energy pricing study. "The primary objective of the pilot was to assess the customers' willingness to modify electricity use in response to price, thereby yielding peak demand reductions and energy savings."
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