Elevate Energy Blog

Jun11
2015
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Many of our blog visitors may already be on an hourly electricity rate through ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program or Ameren Illinois’ Power Smart Pricing (PSP) program. Good for you! Hourly pricing allows you to pay market-based prices for electricity. That means shifting your electricity usage to lower priced hours can lower your bills. Further, reducing your [...]

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Jun3
2015
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Our Chicago Blackhawks are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals, but that’s not the only accomplishment our city has to celebrate. The American Center for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released a 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard that ranks 51 large U.S. cities in five key areas of energy efficiency, and Chicago ranks number six. Chicago is [...]

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May28
2015
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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which bring together key leaders to bolster residential energy efficiency. Elevate Energy is one of several partners involved in the Home Energy Information Accelerator, which aims to make home energy information more accessible to potential home buyers. At a White House roundtable this week, [...]

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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 https://www.comed.com/SmartEnergy/SmartMeterSmartGrid/Pages/Default.aspx.) 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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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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