August Edition 2012
This Month’s Giggle
Herman Cain’s Energy Policy…a spoof by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Remember Herman Cain? At one point he led the polls before the GOP presidential primaries. The Daily Show somehow convinced Mr. Cain (a.k.a the Hermanator”) to participate in a self-parody of what a Cain Administration would have been like. This past week they talked about energy policy. No matter what you think of this nation’s energy policy (or lack thereof), I think this will make you laugh. Here is the link  to Cain’s energy policy parody.
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) came out with its annual report  on the state of the retail electricity marketplace. Here are some highlights:
- In ComEd’s territory alone, residential customers saved an estimated $24 million from June 2011 to May 2012. The bulk of those residential customer savings occurred in the last six months of that time period, and even greater economic savings are projected going forward given that many municipalities are aggregating customers and purchasing competitive electricity supplies.
- 64% of the electricity consumed by ComEd customers last year was purchased from competitive suppliers. In the Ameren service territories, competitive sales volumes averaged 60 percent.
- Throughout the state, 500,000 customers are shopping and purchasing their electricity from a competitive supplier.
- More competitive energy providers are flocking to the state’s market — 70 competitive retail electricity suppliers have obtained state certification, an increase from 54 suppliers the year before. And the number of competitive suppliers that have obtained certification to serve residential and small commercial customers is 40, nearly double the 22 registered the previous year.
The bottom line? The benefits of the Legislature’s move to make the electricity market competitive keep growing and growing!
LaSalle County showcases four energies within a stone’s throw of one another
On July 12th, energy business representatives, elected officials and members of the executive branch came together to get up close and personal with four types of energy in LaSalle County. Perhaps the only place in the U.S. where utility scale wind, solar and nuclear energy exist within a few miles of each other — and as a bonus also hosts two underground petroleum pipelines that bring oil from Canada to Midwest refineries.
To see a bit more about this nexus of energy, feel free to visit this quick review  of the event. This tour was co-hosted by our friends at the Illinois Wind Energy Coalition, Invenergy, Exelon and Enbridge.
Here is a link  to the Illinois Channel report of the alternative energy parts of the tour. I want to thank Terry Martin at the Illinois Channel for filming the tour so more people can learn about Illinois’ energy generation.
Thanks to Project Interchange and the American Jewish Committee, I was offered the opportunity to join seven other American energy experts for a week of meetings and tours to learn how energy works in Israel and the West Bank. We did learn many things about life, culture and energy in the area…it revolves around the phrase “it’s complicated.” Feel free to link to the first  or second  blog post on the trip and see how things are different (and the same) when it comes to the world of meeting the energy needs of consumers.