Appliances

Missouri Utility Hiking Rates, Encouraging Efficiency

A proposal to hike rates by Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) of Kansas City, MO, also includes incentives to encourage energy efficiency among consumers and options for the financing of energy-efficient appliances, the Laclede Gas Co. utility said.

September 17, 2013

CSU Sets Up U.S. State Energy Legislation Tracker

The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University announced that it has created a new online database of energy-related state legislation pending in all 50 states, “from solar to natural gas and everything in between.”

May 16, 2013

Wellinghoff: Changing Energy Landscape Still Dependent on Gas

The next 20 years should see the development of an upgraded electric grid, bolstered by fully integrated renewables and electric appliances providing regulation service with few, if any, new nuclear or coal generators — and a major role for natural gas, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday.

April 27, 2009

Wellinghoff: Changing Energy Landscape Still Dependent on Gas

The next 20 years should see the development of an upgraded electric grid, bolstered by fully integrated renewables and electric appliances providing regulation service with few, if any, new nuclear or coal generators — and a major role for natural gas, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday.

April 23, 2009

Iowa Utilities Board Rejects Rate Decoupling

In some states where consumers are conserving gas and using more efficient appliances, the reduced gas consumption cuts into the net income of local distribution companies (LDC) and it’s necessary to decouple distribution revenue from throughput or gas consumption to preserve utility revenue.

December 25, 2006

Iowa Utilities Board Rejects Rate Decoupling

In some states where consumers are conserving gas and using more efficient appliances, the reduced gas consumption cuts into the net income of local distribution companies (LDC) and it’s necessary to decouple distribution revenue from throughput or gas consumption to preserve utility revenue.

December 21, 2006

Industry Briefs

TXU Energy Services entered a five-year energy management agreement with Maytag Corp. — a leading manufacturer of appliances — that is expected to provide Maytag with significant savings on its energy expenditures. The deal follows an active February in which TXU entered two similar contracts (see NGI, Feb. 26). Under the agreement, TXU Energy Services will procure or negotiate contracts for commodities including natural gas, electricity, coal, fuel oil and propane, and provide consolidated billing and risk management for 14 Maytag manufacturing facilities. The deal also includes demand-side management assessments of energy equipment and analysis of potential energy efficiency improvements. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “By consolidating and analyzing multiple bills for facilities in 10 different states and Mexico, we can identify problems and come up with individual changes that will help lower Maytag’s total utility costs,” explained Ken Breeden, president of TXU Energy Services commercial and industrial division. “Then we can look at the goals of each manufacturing plant, develop a program to meet those goals — including their tolerance for risk — and put together a risk management program for procuring the various types of fuel they need.” In late February, TXU signed a 10-year multi-million dollar agreement with Aperian Inc. to own, operate and maintain the mechanical and electrical energy equipment at Aperian’s five Internet data centers. Also last month, the company entered into a three-year, $100 million-plus comprehensive energy management contract with Bass Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Bass PLC, to provide natural gas, electric and risk management services for 118 hotels. To date, the company is serving more than 8,000 customers in 33 states and has completed more than 3,500 energy management projects nationwide.

April 2, 2001

TXU Energy Services Continues to Roll in 2001

TXU Energy Services entered a five-year energy managementagreement with Maytag Corp. — a leading manufacturer ofappliances — that is expected to provide Maytag with significantsavings on its energy expenditures. The deal follows an activeFebruary in which TXU entered two similar contracts (see Daily GPI,Feb. 21)

March 30, 2001