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Missouri utilities consider program to pay for efficiency on customer bills

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

The Pay As You Save program puts energy efficiency projects within reach
for renters and lower-income customers.

Missouri utilities are studying a potential program that would let customers pay for energy efficiency projects through their monthly bills. Pay As You Save, or PAYS, has been primarily used by rural electric cooperatives, but it has supporters in Missouri and Iowa who think it could be a valuable tool to put energy efficiency upgrades within reach for more customers. A consultant recently analyzed the program’s potential for all three of Missouri’s investor-owned utilities. Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: Roy Manchester / Flickr: Countdown To My Electric Bill


As corporate renewable buying surges, innovative PPAs pressure utilities to improve green tariffs, Utility Dive. Green tariff structures that
allow utilities to serve corporate demand for renewables within
regulatory rules continue to evolve slowly. But power purchase agreements between renewables developers and big energy users are adding innovative, risk-limiting financial strategies that make them
more appealing and challenge utilities to match the offers.



SunPower officially producing P-Series at former SolarWorld factory in Oregon

Solar ecology explores the challenges in solar energy

Centre Daily Times Photo

Centre Daily Times Photo

By Jeffrey R. S. Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State University – Published in Centre Daily Times’ Focus on Research column

Get ready, we are embarking on yet another wave of energy exploration, one that will change the way that we think about energy, water and food: solar energy . . . This next era of solar will be much more diverse than photovoltaics alone, leading to new services that we have yet to imagine, much like we could not quite imagine the diverse services of social networks, weather, banking and email from a “phone” back in 1999. There is a big systems field emerging for solar within the context of the environment, society and technology, connecting solar science with design, business, art, lifestyle, health and well-being. We are calling that encompassing systems field solar ecology.

Read the entire article here.