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For the times (of residential electricity use in N.C.), they are a-changin’

David R. Tucker is a Project Director at the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill


Source: Citizens Utility Board of Oregon

It’s the season of Halloween, and for some, this time of ghosts and goblins, zombies and vampires can be scary. For others, trick or treating and costumes and parties are great fun. For still others, the scary news of late is higher electric bills. Here in our home state, the North Carolina Utility Commission (NCUC) has approved a 7.2% residential electric rate increase for Duke Energy Carolinas customers, and a similar 7.5% increase for Duke Energy Progress customers.  However, the NCUC’s orders came with several other changes for Duke Energy, including the piloting of residential electric Time of Use (TOU) rates – the analysis of which is the sort of thing we at the EFC think is fun!

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Why Measurement Matters

Measuring Energy SavingsWe live in a fast paced world.  We are driven to implement projects quickly – on time and under budget.   On a daily basis, we are faced with decisions regarding which projects to implement and we carefully analyze the project’s cost, the estimated return (or cost savings), the payback period and the overall return on investment.   But one of the most important elements of a project is not its cost or its estimated return.  At the end of the day, one of the most important aspects of a project is the measurement of the project’s actual performance.

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