Commentary

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    Jul 19, 2006 | Harry Stephens
    The Postal Rate Commission announced in November 2005 the approval of a 5.4% postal rate increase. The increase took effect in early 2006, and for companies that mail high volumes of bills and statements the financial impact will be significant.
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    Jul 07, 2006 | David Wolins
    Considering the loud din emerging from suppliers, utilities and industry advocates for Demand Response, it would be helpful for prospective participants to have a comprehensive, high-level understanding of what may be required by these programs as well as what is necessary in order to be successful in Demand Response program implementation.
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    Jun 23, 2006 | Jon T. Brock
    Have you ever called a utility about a payment and had them take payment right there on the phone via your checking account or credit card? I hadn't until recently when apparently my local electric and gas bill got lost in the mail and when my second bill came in, there was this late fee for not paying the previous month.
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    Jun 13, 2006 | Harry Chernoff
    Part I of this article estimated that in the long-run U.S. households could save 47 billion kWh/yr. and more than $4 billion per year if electronic devices used high-efficiency power supplies. Part II of this article addresses the issue of whether high-efficiency power supplies are worth the cost and whether anyone is doing anything about it.
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    Jun 12, 2006 | Harry Chernoff
    If household electronic devices used high-efficiency power supplies, residential electricity usage would be 47 billion kWh per year less than business-as-usual, saving consumers more than $4 billion per year. Inertia at the manufacturer and retailer level and the usual benefit-cost myopia at the consumer level are the long-standing obstacles to rapid market penetration.
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    May 25, 2006 | Pradeep Roy
    Energy is a key building block for sustaining any nation's socio-economic development. As the global economy continues to grow, global energy needs as well as global emissions will increase by approx 60% between 2004 and 2030 as per the World Energy Outlook 2004 published by the International Energy Agency.
  • May 19, 2006 | Jonathan Goldberg
    My, how history repeats itself. Reminiscent of the energy crises of the 1970's (sans gas lines I recall from my youth), the world remains hostage to its insatiable thirst for energy. Tantamount to Hercules' entanglement with the community-menacing Hydra, so shall each engineer come to joust with this nemesis of modern society at some point in his or her career.
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    May 12, 2006 | Pradeep Roy
    Utilities are continuously under intense pressure from stakeholders to show improved corporate performance despite increasing costs, regulatory pressures and enhanced customer expectations. The need to supplement the existing cash flows by plugging revenue leakage as a low risk, low investment and high impact option has never been more critical.
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    May 03, 2006 | David Saxby
    Customers are not just a source of ever-growing revenue for utilities that sell more than traditional electricity service; they're a potential gold mine for referrals that can generate even more business. Satisfied customers can be a wealth of referrals for utilities that sell such nontraditional services as high-speed Internet access, cable TV and long-distance telephone.
  • May 01, 2006 | Ronald R. Cooke
    Business consumers must have reliable, available, and affordable energy in sufficient quantities to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the enterprise at full capacity. The innovation, growth, financial health, and success of American companies - large and small - has been sustained by the virtually unrestricted consumption of low cost energy.