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Dec 21 2011

Energy Efficiency will Drive Utilities in the Future: Southern Co. Discusses How

Electricity is at the heart of the U.S. energy economy. And the numbers say so. A report by the Manhattan Institute cites this fascinating statistic: In 1950, 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product was directly dependent on electricity. By 2008, that number had tripled to 60 percent. Additionally, the report states that over […]

Oct 18 2011

Grid Modernization Pilot Projects to Integrate Renewable Energy

The Obama Administration announced on October 5 that it would accelerate the permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines. Project developers expect that the streamlined projects will increase grid capacity and create thousands of jobs in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This move […]

Aug 02 2011

Texas grid operator calls on consumers to conserve to avoid blackouts

The Texas electricity grid operator called on consumers to conserve electricity this afternoon, and every afternoon this week, because the heat is keeping supply tight. Consumers should cut demand between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. as much as possible this week, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Monday in a news release. “The ERCOT […]

Jul 06 2011

More proof that electric competition is working

A month ago, Pennsylvania regulators held a hearing on the state’s competitive electric market, because so few residents are switching providers. For advice, they turned to Texas, inviting a top regulator along with some industry executives. Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, gave the opening address. Jim Burke, CEO of TXU Energy, […]

May 10 2011

Austin Energy top green power seller in U.S.

Austin Energy was ranked top renewable power seller among 850 utilities nationwide, a report showed Monday. The U.S. Department of Energy release said Austin Energy sold 754.2 million kilowatt-hours last year, edging out Portland General Electric’s 735.7 million, which has about twice as many total customers. Austin Energy serves 417,000 people. The local utility provider […]

Mar 21 2011

Will Efficiency Lead to More Power Consumption?

Do energy efficiency measures result in using more energy? At the risk of overusing the “Saudi Arabia of …” theme, the United States is the Saudi Arabia of energy efficiency. As a nation, we waste so much energy in transportation, lighting, heating, air conditioning, home energy, electrical generation and consumables that the potential for savings […]

Mar 08 2011

How To Make Energy Storage Pay For Itself Today

Quick Take: Energy storage is still too expensive for most single-purpose grid applications. But if you “stack the benefits” you can often cost-justify storage, even at today’s prices. Sometimes you find additional value streams by using a single storage installation for multiple purposes. Other times, by looking upstream and downstream to see who else is gaining […]

Jan 28 2011

Hot Source of Information: TexasIsHot Wins Austin Business Journal’s “Going Green” Award for Advocacy

The TexasIsHot Campaign was the result of a series of conversations between two friends looking for energy solutions for their homes. Their problem: They couldn’t find a single, cohesive source of information regarding energy efficiency. So they called on Curt Seidlits, former chairman of the State Affairs Committee, to help them build a campaign that […]

Jan 26 2011

Day in the life of a lineman in a smart grid world

Louis Szablya, director of smart grid integration with SAIC, wrote the following article about how a electric lineman’s day will be more efficient in a smart grid world.  This will inevitably translate into lower costs for consumers, more reliability and greater safety.  Let us know what you think of the article on our Facebook or […]

Oct 27 2010

Austin Energy Announces Enhanced Energy Efficiency Incentives

Lower electric bills, greater comfort, great investment Austin Energy today announced its “Best Offer Ever” to customers who make comprehensive energy efficiency improvements. Now through December 20, 2010, Austin Energy is offering combined rebates AND a 0% loan that provides both up-front and long-term savings for residential customers who participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY […]

  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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