Fiscal Friday- The Caliente Edition

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I’m no meteorologist, but it’s toasty out there.  A heat wave has scorched through the US this week and the following local utilities share some tips on saving money during the caliente conditions. Click the link below to see your utility’s advice: AEP Ohio, Ameren, LIPA, NYSEG, ACE, Ohio Edison/ First Energy Utilities, Orange and […]

Herfindahl-Hirschman Huh???

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  How municipal aggregation is sidestepping anti-trust laws.   “Many of life’s complexities can be traced back to a lawyer”- Jason Fried We’ve covered it before, but Com Ed’s municipal aggregation is tiptoeing the monopoly line. According to Energy Choice Matters, the market concentration is now “moderately concentrated”. Recently, these municipal aggregation opt-outs have given […]

A Follow-Up to “The Emperor’s (ComEd’s) New Rates”

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I Told You Not to Get Distracted by Shiny Pants!                    A few months ago (well, actually back on April 4th of this year), I wrote a blog post about ComEd’s new electricity rates for the supply portion of your electricity bill.  At that time, there were still several pieces up in air regarding exactly […]

Decatur Gets a Little Less Gassy

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Ameren is removing roughly 90,000 tons of dirt that have been contaminated with coal tar since the 1800s. This undertaking is expected to take 18 months and over 4,320 semi-truck loads. Decatur Gas Light & Coke Company built the manufactured gas plant (since removed) in 1865, which provided electricity and gas for heating and cooking. […]

Is a long term ComEd contract the new municipal aggregation jail sentence?

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Is a long term ComEd contract the new municipal aggregation jail sentence? According to Energy Choice Matters, the residents of the small, northwest town of Fox River Grove only have 2 months to opt out of a deal with ComEd that would last until September 2014. In addition, the residents of North Aurora are in […]

National Donut Day Power2Switch Insiders Edition

Today is national donut day- and, well, I love a good fracking donut. Probably more than I should ever admit. ​That said- here’s our “Power2Switch Insiders Edition” of the best donuts in Chicago. We’ve scoured, long and hard, to carefully craft the best go-to guide for donuts in the city. Many sampled, few selected. ​1. The […]

Let’s face it: we don’t know what the frack is going on

The topic of fracking, or horizontal hydraulic fracturing, is certainly a high-pressure topic. The Illinois House recently approved a vote, 108-9, to allow fracking in Illinois. The proposed law will affect two main shales, Southern Illinois and New Albany, both of which are located in Southern Illinois. This legislation touts job creation, economic development and increased […]

Getting to Know Integrys PT. 2

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On January 9th 2013, the city of Chicago switched providers from Commonwealth Edison to Integrys Energy. The deal touted savings of over 20% and the included the well publicized addition of the “No Coal Provision”. Back then, looking closely at the provisions of deal, we thought this deal might be blowing some artificial steam. As the Chicago Tribune mentioned, there’s no […]

The Emperor’s (ComEd’s) New Rates

Our friendly neighborhood electric utility, Commonwealth Edison – affectionately known to many of us as ComEd, or by more derogatory terms – filed their latest electricity rates with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) earlier this week.  And, oh my goodness, it’s a significant decrease in what ComEd will be charging the residents and businesses of […]

A Word Of Caution for Chicago’s Tech Community…

It’s still a great time to be working on a startup in Chicago.  Companies are getting funded and new ideas are being presented at events like BIC Launch and Technori pitch. But for how long? Thoughts on the ‘future’ of the Chicago startup community came from having a conversation with a friend working on his […]