Mystery of free energy storage apparently solved by Texas retailer offering 100-percent wind power deal

Michael Giberson From the PR desk: HOUSTON, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Direct Energy has launched New Leaf Energy, a new Texas brand that offers 100 percent renewable, air-pollution-free energy, 100 percent from Texas wind turbines. New Leaf Energy brings expanded product choice in Texas’ green energy market and a variety of plan options that ease the way for residential customers … More Mystery of free energy storage apparently solved by Texas retailer offering 100-percent wind power deal

Prepaid power consumers using Salt River Project’s M-Power service reduce power consumption about 12 percent

Michael Giberson The most detailed study of a prepaid power program in the United States is EPRI’s “Paying Upfront: A Review of Salt River Project’s M-Power Prepaid Program.” The report provides a good overview and assessment of the program. See the abstract, copied below, for more of a description of the content. One issue of … More Prepaid power consumers using Salt River Project’s M-Power service reduce power consumption about 12 percent

Good news and bad news from price-spike induced failure of retail power company in Texas

Michael Giberson We know that several Texas generators were unprepared for the possibility of severe cold on February 2, and now comes word that at least one retail electric provider was similarly unprepared for the possibility of price increases. ERCOT real-time power prices jumped to about $3000/MWh for most of the emergency period that morning. … More Good news and bad news from price-spike induced failure of retail power company in Texas

Ohio cities to end natural gas purchasing initiative

Michael Giberson Via Tim Haab at Environmental Economics, a news story from The Columbus Dispatch reporting that five Columbus suburbs were ending a program in which the communities bought gas on behalf of residents that didn’t opt for another supplier. “There’s really not a need for government to be in it,” said Dana McDaniel, Dublin’s … More Ohio cities to end natural gas purchasing initiative