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Senate appropriators advance $38.4 billion energy spending bill

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act was approved to support investments with infrastructure, research, and security. The $38.4 billion budget for the bill is above the President’s request and delegates the bulk of spending towards the Energy Department. Some disagreement on details include amendments to boost spending on solar and wind energy. Programs that encourage the U.S.’s energy independence are prioritized within an amendment that supports nuclear. Sen. Graham believes without supporting nuclear, the U.S. will not become the low carbon, green economy we want to be. When the bill comes up for a final vote on the floor, we expect to see a push to boost renewable energy.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/senate-appropriators-advance-384-billion-energy-spending-bill/article/2629253

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As Kansas utility pursues surcharge on solar customers, advocates want more data

The Kansas Corporation Commission has been looking at the rate design for distributed-generation customers. They are considering a demand fee to be added onto customer bills by the utility company. Various utilities nationwide state that solar customers reduce the power they purchase and no longer pay their total share of costs. Studies funded by utilities have shown this outcome. However, independent studies conclude that these customers pay for more than their expenses. Advocates believe more data is necessary to come to an agreement about what expenses are being covered and how to handle those that are not.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://midwestenergynews.com/2017/06/27/as-kansas-utility-pursues-surcharge-on-solar-customers-advocates-want-more-data/

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Study: Solar roof customers benefit the grid

Solar panels on a roof

 

The Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) conducted a study on solar roof customers. The utility says they credit those customers, meaning the customer pays less than their share of the electricity infrastructure. However, IEI concluded that customers pay for more than their portion.

IEI’s President, Dan Scripps says the credits are fair and the simplicity of the plan is beneficial. If the commission alters the credit, he believes customers should receive more instead of less since the electricity they produce is worth more than the credit received.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://michiganradio.org/post/study-solar-roof-customers-benefit-grid

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Technology is not only electronics but about knowledge like bees, honey, and solar

Knowledge is gained over a lifetime and can be put into electronics, music, or any field which advances technology for all.

Community solar is advancing and requires ground mounted solar panels (which can be done cheaper than mounting on a building). The ground surrounding the solar panels is available but of limited value for agriculture due to proximity to the solar panels (narrow area between the panel rows). The height of any agriculture must be low otherwise it interferes with solar production. However, the area is perfect for growing sun loving plants such as those that produce high nectar and pollen.  If you have flowers, you will have bees that use the pollen and nectar to produce honey.

Community solar produces sustainable and clean electricity, which can be surrounded by a garden area populated with wild flowers attracting bees which provide honey. A win, win, and win.

Realgy awards its Damn-Smart award to Travis and Chiara Bolton for advancing knowledge that supports technology in bee breeding, solar energy, and native plant re-population.  

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.parkrapidsenterprise.com/news/4285049-sweet-arrangement-couple-develops-hardy-bees-solar-gardens-and-location-specific-honey

 

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Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row

Workers shovel coal at a storage depot in Hefei, China

Coal usage has been declining globally. In some areas, it has fallen to levels we haven’t seen in 200 years. We can see the steady increase of clean energy worldwide as more countries fight to improve air quality and use less pollutants. That desire along with the lesser expenses associated with wind, solar, and natural gas are huge factors in the decrease of coal. On top of it all, everyone wants to be the leader in renewables. From usage to manufacturing the necessary parts, there are perks to this expansion for those that know how to work the market.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/13/coal-global-demand-falls-2016-second-year-in-row-fossil-fuel

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Can U.S. clean energy still lead after Trump’s Paris gambit?

 

Trump Paris announcement. Photo credit: @WhiteHouse/Twitter

The U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has been a discussion all over the world. Clean energy will be affected in every aspect from various projects to international relationships. In the meantime, many people are wondering how it will change domestically. Research and development, technology, and manufacturing are just a few areas that are concerned about their efforts being hindered.

Will the U.S. still be on course to lead and compete with other powerhouses such as China and Europe?

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060055520

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Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

Solar panels at Worthy Farm, Somerset

 

The cost of renewable electricity production has come down faster than anyone has anticipated. In particular, the production from off shore turbines.

The days of high output are uncertain, which puts a strain on management of the electricity supply. This is exacerbated by the lack of storage (~1% comes from storage).

Without storage and with the uncertainty of what days will provide electricity, we still need coal plants and other traditional sources of electricity. Storage is the next technology piece that is needed to put us on a path of renewable energy usage at all times.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40198567

 

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U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ 800,000+ People and Rising: in Charts


Where are U.S. renewable energy jobs?


Employment will always be a discussion worldwide. With the rise of renewable energy, the US has seen incredible growth within the solar and wind job sector. The numbers don’t lie.

As solar and wind power prices have fallen (some utilities say prices have dropped 75% in 5 years), jobs have grown quickly. Over the past three years, jobs doubled in the U.S. wind industry. In solar, jobs are up by 117,000 in the same amount of time.

However, the US is still trailing behind China, the EU, and even Brazil when it comes to total jobs in the renewable energy market. The consistent progression of clean energy over the past few years will hopefully continue to increase jobs as well as participation. At this rate, we will all be affected in some way by renewable energy.

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26052017/infographic-renewable-energy-jobs-worldwide-solar-wind-trump

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Changing minds on a changing climate

climate changeClimate denial or climate change believer… you don’t have to change your mind to support the environment.

Climate denial is a belief that current (and future) weather patterns have NOT been greatly influenced from human behavior.

Climate change is evidence based belief that current and projected weather patterns have been and will be greatly influenced with human behavior.

Wherever you are in your understanding of climate change, there appears to be several areas that offer an opportunity to discuss climate change. Here are the topics open to discussion:

  • Science and irrefutable evidence based facts
  • Stewardship and acknowledged benefits of clean energy
  • Current weather patterns are significantly different than the current past
  • Who’s facts do you agree with and do you want to associate with credible sources?

So whatever camp you fall into, please share the science that supports your position. Is your position sustainable, does it explain current weather patterns and do you have sources that are trust worthy?

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include GuaranteedSavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/04/changing-minds-on-a-changing-climate/

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Local sustainability leader finds forecast sunny for solar

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Sustainable solar energy.

Realgy has invested in 6 solar projects by purchasing and installing the solar power panels and interconnection at our customer’s facility. The solar installation and maintenance is paid for by Realgy. The energy produced replaces energy being transmitted through the utility, thereby decreasing the distribution costs for our customer. The energy costs the same as our delivered supply, which is historically less than the utility. Realgy is planning on 2 additional projects for 2017.

Many homeowners are finding out the same advantage applies to them. The article cites an installation producing 9,300 kWh with a savings $982 / year. That is $0.0947/kWh. Which will continue for the next 20 years!

ComEd and Ameren have extensive solar programs and a great place to start is at the Illinois solar energy association at: http://www.illinoissolar.org/

Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/local-sustainability-leader-finds-forecast-sunny-for-solar-20722.cfm#.WRrzCFPyvVo

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