electricity rate design

New Survey Results: Alabama Voters Want Energy Freedom in a BIG Way

In Alabama, we are all about freedom and market choices, and that’s as true of our energy use as anything else. Alabama Wants Renewable Energy Choices Recent results from a survey of 600 likely Alabama voters show that Alabamians want freedom of choice, a competitive marketplace, and the right and opportunity to choose where their […]

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Probing Residential Demand Charges

What are Demand Charge Rates? We have become very accustomed to the electric bill we receive every month. This bill has different charges like sanitation, tax, etc. But the largest charge is very likely to be the electric service charge. Put simply, this charge is what the utility company charges to meet your demand, or

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6 Reasons Time of Use Rates Are the Best Option

Previously we discussed the pros and cons of the available utility use rates. In that post we mentioned that while none of the options are perfect we do have a favorite, so here’s 6 Reasons Time of Use Rates Are The Best Option   Time of Use (TOU) Rates will lower your bill. With some

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The Ins and Outs of Electricity Rate Design

Electricity rate design has the power to completely alter the energy sector, for better or worse. The world of electricity rate design can be a confusing one, so before we get into which rate design would be most beneficial for you and the energy sector (that’s for a later blog post!), let us first define

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Are Fixed Utility Charges Bad for Customers?

As solar energy and energy efficiency becomes more common, many electric companies have responded by dramatically increasing, or attempting to increase, monthly fixed utility charges. [wc_box color=”primary” text_align=”left” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=””] What are fixed charges? Fixed charges are static charges that occur on a regular basis. Most utilities have fixed charges, sometimes called an availability

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