PJM’s New Capacity Rules Could Raise Electric Bills, Especially in Chicago

July 30, 2015

From Cynthia Dizikes of the Chicago Tribune: Though the polar vortex seems a frost-bound memory, Chicagoans may now feel its bite in a new, unexpected way — higher electricity bills. Beginning next month, power plants in northern Illinois and other states will be able to make more money from consumers in order to shore up […]

For the First Time, Natural Gas Tops Coal for Electricity Generation

July 16, 2015

According to the EIA’s most recent Electric Power Monthly, natural gas is now the largest source of electricity generation in the United States. Comprising 31% of the power generation, natural gas recently surpassed coal, which comprises 30%, for the first time on the national level. This change comes as predicted because it is a result […]

El Niño Wanders Through Winter 2016

July 15, 2015

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts that the current El Niño event will persist through winter 2015-16 and into spring 2016. The El Niño began in June 2015, with a minimal impact but will grow in intensity until it peaks by early next winter. El Niño occurs when the surface water temperatures of […]

RI Customers Exempt from Electric and Gas Use Tax

July 2, 2015

Beginning July 1, RI Customers are exempt from electric and gas sales & use tax. Previously, the exemption covered only domestic and manufacturing use, but now encompasses business and any type of use.   Thanks, EarlyBird Power Team