Energy Efficiency News – Week of March 12th
Welcome to Industry News: a weekly overview of developments in the energy utility, smart grid & energy efficiency markets. In issue 34 we have the completion of the Exelon-Constellation merger, a new leader for DPL Inc, and Chicago setting up a $200m investment fund for energy efficiency retrofits.
Exelon Corp completed its $7.9 billion takeover of Constellation Energy group, after FERC approval of the deal. Exelon Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe will retire, with Exelon COO Christopher Crane becoming President and CEO for the combined group.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Research firm Zpryme released an infographic ranking utilities by their social media efforts. Reliant Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric and Florida Power & Light take the crowns for followers on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube respectively.
San Diego Gas & Electric and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario have launched a joint paper on SDG&E’s incorporation of ‘Privacy by Design’ into its smart grid initiative. ‘Privacy by Design’ was developed by the current Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and has become an international standard.
Source: San Diego Business Journal
The team providing Consumers Energy with a smart grid for its 1.8 million Michigan customers has been announced. Led by SmartSynch, it will include GE Energy (meter hardware), Grid Net (networking), Qualcomm (chipsets) and Verizon Wireless (communications).
DPL Inc, owner of the Dayton Power & Light Company, has named Phil Herrington as its President and CEO. Herrington will assume his new role later this month, moving from President of Global Wind Generation for DPL’s parent company, AES Corp.
Source: Yahoo Finance
Utilities – Regulatory
Ameren Illinois has submitted a $625 million, ten-year plan for infrastructure improvement to state regulators. The plan includes $174 million to deploy smart meters to all Ameren Illinois customers within 15 years.
Dominion Virginia has proposed a package of six energy efficiency measures to state regulators, which would cost ratepayers around $53 million a year. The commercial proposals include incentives for energy audits, building duct seals and distributed generation.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Institutions, Cities & States
Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced a city trust to leverage private investment for energy efficiency retrofits. The Chicago Infrastructure Trust will begin by attracting $200 million for municipal building retrofits, and will target $1 billion over the next five years.
The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems announced 37 industry partners for its Building Technology Showcase. The ‘living laboratory’ will overhaul a 100-year old building in downtown Boston, to accelerate technology adoption and serve as Fraunhofer CSE’s new headquarters.
The City of Boulder, Colorado, is currently revising a letter to the President, which would call for use of the Clean Air Act to make “meaningful, rapid cuts in greenhouse gas pollution.” The letter has been delayed to make technical changes but is still expected to be released.
Source: Daily Camera
Constellation Energy has been selected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an approved demand response provider. This move pre-qualifies the company to serve state agencies, local governments and schools with demand response services.
Tokyo Electric Power Co announced electric rate discounts for energy efficiency at its small commercial customers, between 50 and 500 kilowatts. Businesses who can reduce their usage overall, or lower usage at peak times, will benefit from a lower electric rate.
Source: Mainichi Daily News
China is planning to set an absolute cap on coal use for the nation, starting at 4.1 billion tonnes in 2015. The country used 3.48 billion tonnes last year, but is currently growing at a prodigious rate.
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