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A Primer on Energy Use and Rate Design

May 20, 2015

This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy. Rate design is the method by which an energy utility calculates fuel charges and customer charges. This post explains how these charges are calculated and how rate design can help keep energy costs affordable for low income or low-use customers.   First, [...]

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Who Can Access Your Smart Meter Information?

May 14, 2015

Smart meter installation across the Chicago region is moving right along. ComEd has installed one million smart meters in homes so far, and installs 20,000 more each week. (ComEd plans to install meters in all homes and businesses by the end of 2018; the schedule is available at Smart meter technology can save households [...]

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