Elevate Energy Blog

May20
2015
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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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May14
2015
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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 ComEd.com/SmartMeter.) Smart meter technology can save households [...]

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May13
2015
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Congratulations to the City of Madison, Wisconsin on being selected as a semifinalist in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The prize challenges towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. As a semifinalist, the City of Madison will implement a plan to reduce its energy [...]

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May6
2015
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Update! Check out a recent report from WGN on the smart meter rollout in the Chicago area. The report looks at how residential customers can benefit and who gets access to the smart meter data. Here’s our coverage: Who Can Access Your Smart Meter Information? This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy. In [...]

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May3
2015
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Update: Registration now available for the summer, fall, and winter series! Have you heard us talk about high performance homes? These unique homes feature lower energy costs, greater comfort, and other benefits. And they’re growing in inventory. In 2001, there were nearly zero such high performance homes. Today, more than 8,500 homes in Illinois are [...]

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Apr29
2015
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The City of Chicago is ending its municipal aggregation contract with Integrys after the 2-year contract comes to a close this summer.  The transition period will last through August 2015. Municipal aggregation allows communities to bulk purchase electricity through an alternative supplier, negotiating prices lower than the ComEd fixed rate. Since Chicagoans voted to aggregate [...]

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Apr21
2015
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What happens when a Chicago single family real estate listing discloses residential energy costs (gas and electric)? It has a higher close rate and spends less time on the market than comparable homes that did not disclose this information, according to an analysis by Elevate Energy. Our analysis indicates that homes that disclosed energy costs [...]

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Apr15
2015
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While the folks at Elevate Energy know that every day is Earth Day, we’re looking forward to the 45th celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Here’s just a smattering of some interesting local events, from watching films about food justice to getting your hands dirty cleaning up our parks. We’ll be out and [...]

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