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Top 5 Energy Stories from January

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We covered a number of major energy stories on the Direct Energy Business Blog in January, ranging from an innovative, new remote solar project in Maryland to the Supreme Court's sweeping demand response decision.  

Here are our top five energy stories from January. 

5.) Direct Energy Business Announces 13.6 MW Solar Project with Johns Hopkins and SolarCity

In January, Direct Energy Business — in partnership with Johns Hopkins and SolarCity — announced an innovative remote solar project in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. The 13.6 megawatt project will feature more than 40,000 solar panels and is projected to abate 1.4 million metric tons of CO2 over the next two decades. 

4.) Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court's Demand Response Ruling

On January 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major decision, ruling that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) has the authority to regulate demand response. The Court struck down a lower court opinion in a 6-2 decision, siding with FERC and delivering a clear win for the commission, demand response providers and customers.

3.) 3 Ways El Niño Has Impacted the U.S. Energy Landscape This Winter

With unseasonably warm temperatures across the United States, you don’t need a weatherman to know this El Niño event has been one of the strongest on record. While El Niño continued strong throughout December, El Niño heat is believed to have peaked and is expected to gradually weaken in the coming months. 

2.) How Electricity Deregulation Can Benefit Small Businesses

Small businesses spend about $60 billion on energy each year. Given the size of that expenditure, it’s important that small businesses have opportunities to save on their energy use. Deregulation – which allows retail energy providers to compete to offer competitive electricity rates – gives businesses the opportunity to control energy costs by choosing their supplier instead of staying with a local utility.

1.) 5 Key Energy Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

In 2015, there were a number of important developments in the energy industry, including record natural gas production and storage, advances in new technology, and major regulatory announcements. In this article, Direct Energy Business president John Schultz highlights five key energy industry trends that we’ll be watching closely in 2016.

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Posted: February 02, 2016