Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

August 1, 2012 15:49 by David Patterson in Cooperatives, Energy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Meghan Russell, The Washington Post | May 2, 2012 Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is on the verge of breaking ground for the Calvert County portion of its Southern Maryland Reliability Project, which the co-op says is needed to ensure that power failures do not occur for the growing number of customers. “Construction’s about to start,” President and chief executive Austin J. Slater Jr. said of the $100 million project at the commissioners’ meeting April 17.  “We are confident we can get this done to every customer's and every homeowner’s satisfaction.  It’s necessary to ensure we have power we can rely on without disruption.”  Read more…

Regional Utilities Looking for New Electricity Market

July 19, 2012 08:37 by Capital Advisors in Energy  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
The Southwest Power Pool is looking to build a new marketplace for electricity in the region, giving customers access to the cheapest power available. However, creating centralized dispatch may be the most important aspect of the new market, allowing each utility to benefit from a broader selection of resources rather than being constrained in dispatching their own units in economic order.  Read more...    

Energy Information Administration released its Residential Energy Consumption Survey

June 29, 2012 13:27 by David Patterson in Energy  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
“Total United States energy consumption in homes has remained relatively stable for many years as increased energy efficiency has offset the increase in the number and average size of housing units," according to the newly released data from the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The average household consumed 90 million British thermal units (Btu) in 2009 based on RECS. This continues the downward trend in average residential energy consumption of the last 30 years. Despite increases in the number and the average size of homes plus increased use of electronics, improvements in efficiency for space heating, air conditioning, and major appliances have all led to decreased consumption per household. Newer homes also tend to feature better insulation and other characteristics, such as double-pane windows, that improve the building envelope.   

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