Communities Make Public Power Strides
From coast to coast, public power companies are helping the businesses and citizens in the communities they serve to save energy - and money. They are helping companies to track their energy usage, install more energy-efficient lighting, and keep their roofs cool. They are also making sure their power plants meet strict air-quality standards. And local residents who also want to reduce their carbon footprint are being offered incentives to do so. These utilities are committed to growing their local "green" economies.
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Building the New Energy Economy in San Antonio(2/9)
Sunny San Antonio is a leader in the so-called "green economy," according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.
A project involving public power provider CPS Energy is helping to light the way. CPS Energy has agreed to buy large quantities of zero-emissions solar power from one of the nation's largest solar projects, which features a consortium involving OCI Solar Power and manufacturer Nexolon. The players plan to not only generate lots of solar power, but also to build major manufacturing operations in San Antonio. Adding to the excitement, both OCI and Nexolon are moving headquarters facilities to San Antonio.
Next: Nebraska - Shedding Light on Big Energy Cost Savings
Nebraska Public Power District: Shedding Light on Big Energy Cost Savings(3/9)
Historians say Thomas Edison didn't actually invent the light bulb,
but was first to develop a truly practical, long-lasting incandescent bulb, way back in 1879. A revolution in lighting is under way again - technologies from the past 10 years can cut lighting bills by up to
Nebraska Public Power District wants to get those technologies into business customers' facilities through its EnergyWise commercial/industrial lighting program. Businesses that replace an older fixture with a high-efficiency alternative can apply for generous incentives worth up to $60 per fixture. That's an instant reward, but just as rewarding are the long-term cost savings delivered by more efficient lighting.
Next - ElectriCities: Taking the Temperature of Energy Bills
ElectriCities: Taking the Temperature of Energy Bills (4/9)
Information is power. And information about power is a powerful way to save money on energy bills. ElectriCities - a membership organization serving public power communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia - helps customers of its more than 70 public power utilities get a better handle on how extreme cold or hot weather trends can impact their electricity usage and costs. The TempTracker365 weather calendar system quickly generates customized, colorful records of temperature trends covering the organization's public power cities and towns, for any month during the past few years. Businesses and public power customer service representatives can use the data, along with information from energy bills, to gain a better understanding of their utility costs. The system also delivers season-appropriate energy-efficiency tips.
Next - Charging Up Electric Vehicles in Los Angeles
Charging Up Electric Vehicles in Los Angeles(5/9)
Lots of people really want to reduce their carbon footprint (or maybe wheelprint) by driving an electric vehicle (EV). Being able to afford it is another matter entirely. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to ease the way, and offers customers a home charger rebate of up to $2,000. The utility also offers special electric service options for customers who drive an EV, and it's trying to make the experience as successful as possible by upgrading more than 80 city-owned public charging locations for those who need some juice while away from home.
Next - Clearing the Air in Colorado
Clearing the Air in Colorado (6/9)
Colorado is famous for its crisp, clean air and stunning mountain views. Colorado Springs Utilities wants to keep it that way, and has been ahead of the game in ensuring that its power plants meet strict air-quality standards. In fact, though the EPA has issued more stringent emissions standards, CSU's facilities are already in compliance. What's more, CSU is planning another $200 million worth of upgrades in the next five years to make its plants even more planet-friendly, while at the same time boosting the use of renewables such as wind power. The utility is a founding member of the Climate Registry, which tracks greenhouse gases.
Next - Long Island:Cooling the Roof to Lower the Bill
Long Island:Cooling the Roof to Lower the Bill (7/9)
Industrial facilities often have huge, sprawling buildings sitting under acres of roof. The roof isn't a pleasant place to be on a hot, sunny day - and if you think about it, a roof that hot is bound to heat up the inside of the building, too. That's why the Long Island Power Authority encourages its business customers to cool their roofs. The right roofing materials can reflect the sun's heat and radiation and keep it from being transferred into the building, and that can mean significantly lower energy bills. To help encourage cool roofs, the utility offers generous rebates for both new and existing construction.
Next: Powering Up Memphis Economic Development
Powering Up Memphis Economic Development (8/9)
MLGW - the Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division - is committed to building the local economy. That's why its economic development department for more than 30 years has shared space with the local chamber of commerce, so that staffers of the two organizations can work side-by-side on boosting prosperity in Memphis. They're there for local companies hoping to expand or improve their bottom line, as well as for businesses seeking a site for a new facility.
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