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May 2nd, 2013

Central Maine Power Files For Electric Distribution Rate Increase

by Andrew Price, President & COO

Central Maine Power Company (CMP), the transmission and distribution (T&D) utility for southern and western Maine, filed preliminary paperwork yesterday at the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) seeking to increase distribution rates for the 2014 to 2019 period. Electricity transmission costs – the costs to build and operate large high voltage power lines that form the backbone of the electric grid in New England - have been the subject of much debate in New England. Transmission costs have increased sharply over the past couple of years and are likely to keep rising in the future. Distribution costs – the costs associated with delivering electricity from the transmission system to your electricity meter - have been more stable and have consequently received much less attention. This may soon change as T&D utilities, like CMP, look to upgrade back-office system and distribution networks to keep pace with rapid improvements underway to transmission systems.

 

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April 16th, 2013

Expanding Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity into New England

by Andrew Price, President & COO

For those of you who have followed my blog, you will recall that I recently discussed the issue of natural gas pipeline constraints into New England and the impact these constraints have had on natural gas prices and spot electricity prices this winter in New England.  These impacts are not trivial.  We estimate that the price impact in the New England wholesale electricity market is approximately $0.017 per kWh on an annual basis, costing electric ratepayers throughout New England a little over $2 billion a year.  The impact on natural gas users is almost as significant at $1.5 billion a year, bringing the total cost of pipeline constraints to New England consumers and businesses to about $3.5 billion a year.

 

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April 5th, 2013

CES Spring Seminar Series

by Andrew Price, President & COO

While Spring makes most people think of flowers, Easter, a new baseball season and March Madness basketball, at CES, we think about getting together to talk energy. To welcome Spring each year, CES offers a series of energy seminars to existing and prospective clients. The purpose of the seminars is to provide a convenient forum for our diverse client base to come together and discuss timely energy issues. In addition to listening to presentations from CES, we find that our clients also find it useful to network with CES staff as well as each other on common energy issues.  

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March 29th, 2013

Enernoc Exits ISO New England Demand Response Program

by Andrew Price, President & COO


Demand Response has suffered a big setback in New England. Enernoc (logo from Enernoc.com), one of the leading demand response providers in the country, recently announced that it was exiting the traditional demand response program in New England. While it will still offer customers in New England many related services, Enernoc will not offer new Forward Capacity Market Demand Response (DR) contracts for an indefinite period of time. Further, it has notified its DR clients that it was unilaterally terminating existing DR contracts due to “material changes” to the DR program in New England. This decision impacts a number of CES clients who participate in formal demand response programs. 

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