An Introduction to Time-of-Use Energy Products

Dec 19, 2014 by Stephen Girard More posts by Stephen Girard

You may have heard of Time-of-Use energy products. But, what exactly is a Time-of- Use (TOU) program? TOU programs are intended to encourage residential and small commercial customers to reduce electricity usage during certain hours when demand for electricity is high - the higher the demand, the higher the cost. When used effectively, these programs allow customers to shift their usage to periods when the demand is lower and less expensive. 

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Categories: Small Business

Ohio Customers: PUCO Holds Oral Arguments in AEP Ohio’s Electric Security Plan Regarding Subsidizing AEP Generation Facilities

Dec 18, 2014 by Joe Clark More posts by Joe Clark

On December 17, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) held oral arguments in AEP Ohio’s electric security plan (ESP) case. ESP cases are used to set default service rates for non-shopping customers, but the authorizing statute is so broad that each case ordinarily becomes a vehicle for generation, transmission, and distribution charges and service changes.

The PUCO held oral arguments on one aspect of the ESP: AEP Ohio’s power purchase agreement (PPA) proposal to subsidize its share of generation output from coal-fired Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) units in Southern Ohio until June 30, 2040. 

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Categories: US Energy Markets

Weekly Energy Market Update: December 15, 2014

Dec 16, 2014 by Tim Bigler More posts by Tim Bigler

Below is the Direct Energy Business Weekly Energy Market Update video for December 15, 2014. We embedded this video right into the blog post, so you don’t have to leave this page to view it. 

This week, Tim Bigler, Direct Energy Business Energy Advisor, discusses: Mr. Freeze is Coming!

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Categories: Energy Management

PPL Smart Meter Small Business Customers: How Does Free Energy Supply with Your Morning Coffee Sound?

Dec 12, 2014 by Stephen Girard More posts by Stephen Girard

Direct Energy Business is giving small business owners with a smart meter in the PPL territory one less reason to stress in the mornings. The Free Power Morning Plan offers free electricity supply Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is available December 10, 2014 through May 31, 2015.

On September 11, 2014, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved PPL Electric’s Pilot Time-of-Use Program, which was made available to residential and small commercial customers on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 

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Categories: Small Business

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