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Wisconsin utility companies take aim against solar power

Jul 30, 2014 — Solar is not the sole potential threat to utility companies, says Steve Kihm, principal and chief economist for the Energy Center. Someday, consumers may also have small, natural gas turbines in their basements. Kihm suggests utilities might take a lesson from cable TV companies and offer a one-stop shop of products. See full story in the Wisconsin State Journal. MORE...

Are utilities circling the wagons?

Jul 01, 2014 — "The problem is that electricity markets are changing to more competitive and more market-driven approaches," said Steve Kihm, a utility finance expert at the Energy Center. Kihm and Elisabeth Graffy of Arizona State University say moves to raise fixed charges amount to a circle-the-wagons response by utilities. Read the full article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. MORE...

Improved practices to capture greater energy savings

Jul 01, 2014 — The Energy Center is conducting a study for the Minnesota Department of Commerce to provide insight and tools to increase the effectiveness of utility efficiency programs to properly install and maintain heating and cooling equipment in Minnesota homes. The project includes both market research and a field study. Read more. MORE...

Training energy management catalysts

Jun 26, 2014 — EDF engaged the Energy Center to design and facilitate a five-day boot camp for their Climate Corps program, an initiative that places MBA students in host organizations to identify energy-saving opportunities. We’re also providing technical advisory services to EDF’s Building Energy Initiative in Chicago. The program is featured in the summer issue of Sustainable Chicago. MORE...

Industry leaders team up to produce a premier education experience for builders, contractors and suppliers

Jun 24, 2014 — For more than a decade, the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Builders Association have designed and delivered premier conferences for building industry professionals. In 2015, they will team up to offer their audiences double the impact at one big event when they co-create and host the 13th annual Better Buildings: Better Business Conference. Read the press release. MORE...

Can utilities adopt opportunistic strategies under disruptive competition?

Jun 05, 2014 — Rooftop solar leads a wave of disruptive competition for electric utilities that is grounded in innovations in technology, public policy, social preferences, and business practices. Regulatory protections cannot insulate utilities from these challenges. Leaders in the emerging environment will succeed by focusing on strategies that create new value for customers. Read our critical analysis of these emerging challenges in the current issue of the Energy Law Journal. We've also posted a summary of the article. MORE...

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