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Gas Shortage Drives Up Electricity Prices

We’ve been telling business owners for a while that the price of electricity is no longer stable. The recent and continuing closures of coal-fired electricity plants has caused the energy industry to turn more and more to natural gas to cover the production that would have been […]

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Solar Costs Continue Rapid Drop

The Energy Department has announced that the U.S. Solar industry is more than 60 percent of the way toward its goal of achieving cost-competitive utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity. The announcement comes only three years into the SunShot Initiative program, a decade-long effort to produce electricity […]

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New Law Turns Out Lights On Traditional Bulbs

You have to say it was a pretty good run. The traditional electric incandescent light bulb, essentially unchanged for 125 years, is now officially a thing of the past. At the start of the New Year, 40 and 60-watt light bulbs were banned in the U.S., bringing […]

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Cold Weather Brings Energy Awareness

As mid-winter regains its icy grip on most of the country this week, it’s a good time to review those tried-and-true energy saving tips. The little things really do add up to lower home heating bills. Your utility will thank you, as well. Extremely cold temperatures can […]

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Illinois Expands Energy Choice

The Illinois Commerce Commission has extended energy choice to more than 800,000 natural gas customers in the Ameren Illinois territory, which covers 1,200 communities and three-quarters of the state. (That rumble you hear is the collective cheer of energy suppliers and industry advocates across North America.) Energy […]

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Map Project Highlights Energy Resources

In the pages of the US Power and Gas blog, we cover a wide range of business initiatives, employee achievements and industry trends. The latter category tends to get jumbled with facts, figures and “did you knows,” but industry followers certainly appreciate the fundamental fact that America […]

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Report Predicts Rising Global Energy Use

Exxon Mobil predicts that higher living standards in developing countries around the world will drive increased demand for energy, despite increased economic efficiencies and governmental attempts to reign in pollution. In its annual long-term energy outlook, the company projects world demand for electricity and transportation fuels will […]

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New Holiday Lights Pay Back in Energy Savings

Next time you go to the mall, you’ll undoubtedly hear the bells and the carols. Lights will go up around the neighborhood, and Rudolph will be back on the radio. The holiday season is upon us once again. Season’s Greetings always include plenty of homeowner tips: recycle […]

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President Touts Progress On Domestic Energy Fronts

President Obama could use some good news these days, so in a recent radio address he highlighted the progress America has made in its march toward both energy independence and increased conservation. For the first time in almost 20 years, the U.S. is producing more oil than […]

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Reports Shows Continued Decline In U.S. Carbon Emissions

There was good news on the environmental front in October, as a couple of reports indicated a continued decline in domestic carbon emissions and sustained impact in overall energy efficiency. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual carbon dioxide emissions report showed a 3.8 percent reduction over […]

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