Hudson Solar Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:29:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SunPower Achieves Production Milestone, Manufacturing its One-Billionth Solar Cell Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:28:32 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]>


Company Currently Building 350-MW Fab to Meet Ongoing Demand for its Solar Technology

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a leading solar technology and energy services provider, today announced that it has manufactured its one billionth high efficiency solar cell.  This milestone was achieved 11 years after the company started manufacturing its A-300 solar cell in its first fabrication facility (Fab).  Today, SunPower operates two Fabs that will generate approximately 1,300 megawatts of solar cells by the end of this year.  To meet growing demand for SunPower solar systems, the company is building a new 350-MW Fab, with first silicon expected in early 2015.

SunPower manufactures 1-billionth solar cell, helping to meet global demand for solar which are at historic highs.

“SunPower is proud of the role we’ve played to help the global adoption of solar, which, over the past 11 years has experienced a 45 percent annual growth rate resulting in nearly 155 gigawatts of installed power capacity today.  This is enough to offset the electricity needs of over 25 million homes,” said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO.  “The SunPower team has worked continually to improve our manufacturing and cost reduction processes in concert with advancements in research and development, always raising our owninnovation bar.  Solar is now more affordable, with demand for the residential, commercial and utility scale power plant markets at historic highs.”

Since its founding in 1985, SunPower has continuously improved the design of its all-back contact, Maxeon® solar cell, beating its own world records for efficiency and reliability.  In 2003, the company began mass production of its A-300 solar cell with efficiencies of 20 percent; and today commercially manufactures solar cells with efficiencies of up to 24.2 percent, the industry’s highest.  In addition, SunPower offers the most reliable cell on the market today, as confirmed by several independent testing organizations.

About SunPower Corp.

SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company’s quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America,Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit

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Here comes the sun: new solar system installed in Round Lake Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:18:31 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]> The Saratogian – POSTED: 08/05/14, 10:50 AM EDT

Trans-Border Global Freight Systems of Round Lake activated a new solar system Monday. The new system consists of 442 modules that will produce about 115,021 kilowatt hours per year. It took a team from Hudson Solar of Albany two months to install the system.

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Net-Zero Energy Homes Optimized with Solar PV and Geothermal Systems Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:22:51 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]>

Net-Zero Energy Homes Optimized with Solar PV and Geothermal Systems

Anthony Aebi is building homes of the future right now in Hudson Valley. These new homes are designed to be highly efficient, incorporate solar photovoltaic (PV) as well as geothermal technologies, and are competitively priced with conventionally built homes of similar size in the area. But a big attraction for homeowners goes beyond environmental stewardship.
Energy efficient design coupled with a process called net metering will reduce energy use in these homes to a point where annual utility costs could be reduced to zero. Typical homes of similar size constructed in this location incur annual utility costs estimated to total $2,500 or more. It is also a possibility that the homeowner will receive a surplus check from their utility company for generating an excess amount of electricity.

Aebi is the president of Greenhill Contracting in New Paltz, NY, which is about 70 miles north of New York City. In New Paltz, he has developed New York State’s first two residential developments that are exclusively committed to constructing “net-zero energy” homes. A net-zero energy home produces as much electricity as it draws from the electricity grid, so utility bills balance out to zero over a 12-month period. Net metering allows excess electricity generated during the day to be sold to the utility, with its value credited back to the homeowner for future use during the evening or other higher-use time periods.

The net-zero developments in New Paltz are among the first in the country. Green Acres, a fully customized development of three-bedroom homes each on one-third acre lots, began in 2008. It is the first single-family home development in New York State in which every home was designed to achieve net-zero energy performance. Homes range from about $500,000 to $600,000. The Preserve at Mountain Vista is the second net-zero energy development in the State. Opening in 2013, the development was geared toward selling at a lower price range ($375,000 to $450,000) and house lots range from two to 10 acres. Homes in both developments range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.


Adding solar PV or geothermal systems to existing homes can lower utility bills, but installing those systems in homes designed and built from the ground up to maximize efficiency is the key to net-zero energy home performance. John Wright, vice president of Hudson Solar in Rhinebeck, NY, worked with Greenhill Contracting as part of the team that designed these net-zero energy residential developments. Building cost-competitive homes that are sustainable and energy-efficient requires optimizing many facets of the homes, according to Wright. Most important, he explained, is creating an air-tight building envelope that allows the homeowner to control heating and cooling costs, while incorporating ventilation that supports energy efficiency and maintaining a healthy living environment.


Largely based on Colonial-style architecture, these homes were designed, constructed, and performance tested to ensure that they meet New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes standards, a program administered by NYSERDA. Several steps are taken to create an energy efficient, durable, and resilient building shell. First, a layer of insulating foam was spray-applied to isolate the home’s concrete slab from the ground underneath. Next, interlocking foam blocks are used to make forms for the home’s foundation and insulate it. The forms are then filled with concrete to create the home’s foundation and exterior walls, extending to the underside of the roof assembly. The underside of the roof has 12 inches of spray-applied insulating foam to complete the building’s envelope.
Wright explained that the only possible way for air to get in would be around the doors and windows, but the triple-paned windows are sealed on the outside with specialty adhesives and caulk, and then sealed on the inside with spray-applied foam. The heat-recovery ventilation system delivers fresh air into the home while retrieving heat from air which is then vented to the outside. The system can also help to control humidity levels within the home.

Roof-mounted solar PV arrays are designed to generate sufficient electrical energy to power each home over the course of the year—and then some. Hudson Solar installed systems with a rated capacity of 7.4 kW. These systems are projected to annually generate about 8,500 kWh, which is typical expected usage for homes of this size. To boost energy generation, roofs face south for maximum sun exposure with no shading from trees and each house’s 28 panels have the optimum tilt of 38 degrees to capture the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the year. In addition, this roof pitch enables the first hint of sun to heat up the panels to melt the snow and ice so it quickly slides off the roof and the panels can keep producing electricity.

Geothermal systems supply exceptionally efficient space heating and cooling along with domestic water heating. Wells are drilled vertically into the ground, allowing groundwater to be circulated through the geothermal system. A geothermal pump operates in the same manner as a conventional air-source heat pump, but instead of relying on ambient air, the pump uses deep wells in the ground as a source for heating during the winter and cooling during the summer. Lloyd Hamilton of Verdae LLC, located in Rhinebeck, NY, installed the geothermal systems in both Green Acres and The Preserve at Mountain Vista.


Long-term savings on utilities have attracted people to purchase homes in the developments. Technical support and incentives offered to support construction of New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes is provided through NYSERDA’s Low-rise Residential New Construction program, which can be coupled with federal tax credits intended to encourage construction of high performance homes and support the builder’s engagement of RESNET Home Energy Raters. “The verification and testing provided by the Home Energy Rater follows nationally-recognized procedures and allows me to demonstrate to buyers and lenders the advanced energy efficiency my homes deliver,” said Aebi of Greenhill Contracting. Pasquale Strocchia of Integral Building and Design was the Home Energy Rater for both Green Acres and The Preserve at Mountain Vista. Although the solar and geothermal systems add to the home construction costs, State and federal tax credits, up to $25,000 per home on this project, as well as NYSERDA incentives through NY-Sun Initiative, help to offset the costs considerably.

And those surplus utility checks can add up for some homes. Green Acres homeowner David Shepler has received two—$80 in the first year and $172 for the second year—from his local utility for the excess energy his home produces.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $500,000 STILL AVAILABLE IN GREEN JOB TRAINING GRANTS Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:41:30 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]> For Immediate Release: April 17, 2014


Over $2.2 Million Already Awarded to 64 Businesses, More Than 250 Workers Hired

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $500,000 is still available in job training grants through the Clean Energy On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, which helps eligible businesses develop green job skills in their workforce. To date, the program has already awarded 64 businesses over $2.2 million to train workers across the state, with more than 250 workers hired through the grant funding.

“New York is proud to be a national leader in clean energy and our workforce is critical to the industry’s success,” Governor Cuomo said. “Providing funding for job training grants is an important tool the State offers to help workers develop the skills needed to excel in this rapidly-evolving field, and I encourage interested businesses to apply today and take advantage of these resources.”

The Clean Energy OJT program was developed through a partnership between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the State Department of Labor (DOL), and provides participants with skills in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Businesses can receive 50 percent of the wages paid to new hires during their training period, with a maximum award per trainee of $15,000 and a maximum award per business of $150,000. To be eligible, businesses must have a current Partnership Agreement or contract agreement with NYSERDA or a participating investor-owned utility.

DOL works with NYSERDA to help facilitate this program by performing due diligence on all businesses interested in participating in the program. In addition, DOL works directly with businesses to provide job development and job-matching services as well as develop training plans for new hires that become the basis of the contract with NYSERDA.

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, “Every day, more New York citizens and businesses are moving toward renewable and efficient energy options. This program helps position our workforce to make the most of New York going green.”

NYSERDA President & CEO John B. Rhodes said, “NYSERDA is pleased to work with the State Department of Labor in making sure New Yorkers have an opportunity to get critical on-the-job training to support the growing economic activity and demands of the State’s clean energy sector. This program underscores the State’s commitment under Governor Cuomo to ensuring New York’s businesses have a skilled workforce that is competitive and responsive to market demands.”

Hudson Solar President Jeff Irish said, “Hudson Solar has hired several solar system engineers and installers under the OJT program and is very happy with the results. The NYSERDA and DOL personnel we worked with on the program made the process simple and workable from start to finish. We plan on participating in the program again to help train new workers for our company and the state’s growing solar industry.”

Enlighten Power Solutions President David Elliott said “Enlighten Power Solutions is a proud partner of the NYSERDA Clean Energy OJT program. We feel that every dollar invested into creating clean energy jobs is a dollar invested into New York’s future and economy. The NYSERDA Clean Energy OJT has empowered Enlighten Power Solutions to bring on new employees as our business continues to grow. Our new hires benefit by getting the training they need to prepare for a green collar career with Enlighten Power Solutions. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this innovative program.”

NY Homeowners Construction Owner David Tamutus said, “OJT has afforded us the opportunity to expand our business and allowed individuals to become reemployed and receive training in our industry.”

Resources for Green Jobs

Businesses interested in applying for the program should visit

The Department of Labor’s Jobzone: and Careerzone allow an individual to research a wide range of professions to determine which is best suited towards their skills, education and experience and can be used to help target a specific career path in the green workforce.

Anyone interested in a career in clean energy may also contact their local New York State Career Center: to find specific resources in their region.

The GreenCareersNY website (Job Seekers section): offers various job boards with numerous training program opportunities—including certificate programs and local community college offerings.



Additional news available at
New York State | Executive Chamber | | 518.474.8418

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Malta Animal Hospital is turning green! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:42:27 +0000 hudsonsolar

April 2014 – Malta Animal Hospital has just begun installation of super cool, super green photovoltaic (PV) solar panel array on our roof!  This green technology will help us save money while reducing our carbon pawprint- how great is that?!?

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Solar can give electric costs sunny outlook Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:11:51 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]> Northern/Southern Dutchess News – April 2014

By: Ray Fashona

With electricity prices soaring, using sunlight to power your home or business is something to consider.

“Homeowners and business are complaining that their electricity bills are doubling,” said John Wright, vice president of Hudson Solar. “People have a good, solid choice: solar. They can ‘rent’ their electricity from the utility or can generate their own.”

Wright added that it’s a perfect time to opt for solar. He said there are incentives and rebates, plus tax credits on the state and federal level.

One knock on solar energy in the past, he said, is that solar was too expensive to install. Now there is a “substantial” local program offered by the state that can offer as little as no money down for solar installation.

“And when the loan is paid off, you are essentially getting free electricity,” he said.

Wright said loans are available from five, 10, 15 or 20 years. In essence, Wright said, a homeowner is “locking in” his electric charge during the period of the loan, because all he is paying is the monthly cost of the loan, which doesn’t change.

With longer term loans, he added, a homeowner can get solar energy for about $75 month.

Another concern people have about solar is, “What if there’s not enough sunlight?”

Wright said that’s not a problem. When the company designs a system, they have to calculate and guarantee sufficient electricity based on 30-year weather data.

In our area, average usable sunlight over a 365-day period is four hours. He noted that Germany, which has four times as many solar installations as the U.S., has a three-hour average.

When the system is not producing enough electricity, Wright said, the system draws it from the grid at the prevailing utility price. But the homeowner gets that money back when the solar system is producing excess and sells it back to the utility at that same rate. The utility, he added, is obligated to purchase the solar electricity. In the hand, he said, it should be a zero balance.

Cold weather is not a factor, either, Wright said. In fact, the electricity flows better in cooler temperatures.

As far as maintenance is concerned, there are really no working parts, Wright said. The major piece of equipment is the panels. Other than trimming trees that may be blocking the sun, there is really no maintenance. He added that the panels carry a 25-year warranty, so if anything goes wrong with a panel it will be replaced by the manufacturer.

Some recent large projects undertaken by Hudson Solar include Maplebook School, Kildonan School, New Horizons and Arnoff Moving and Storage’s Millerton facility.

Hudson Solar has locations in Rhinebeck and Albany, and according to Wright, the company covers everywhere from Westchester and Rockland counties in the south to the Adirondacks, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

For information about Hudson Solar, visit or call 866-452-7652.

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Winter, county tax, new fees add up to higher electricity bills Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:36:51 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]> Craig Wolf - Poughkeepsie Journal - March 2, 2014

Winter, county tax, new fees add up to higher electricity bills

Electricity costs are about to give consumers a shock. Sticker shock.

Bills are headed up.

Customers are already seeing higher bills and can expect more, according to utility officials. The impact is widespread, as Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. serves about 116,119 electric customers in Dutchess County and 87,601 in Ulster County. New York State Electric & Gas serves about 15,386 customers in Dutchess and 5,355 in Ulster. Four separate factors are creating the perfect storm of higher costs, especially for Dutchess.

• Many consumers used more power in January as cold snaps hit the region. Plus, more demand across much of the nation caused a spike in market prices. Winter’s not over.

• In Dutchess, a 3.75 percent energy tax hit as of Saturday on all energy forms, including electricity.

• In May, a “new capacity zone” charge imposed by a federal and state plan will boost costs by an estimated range of 6 percent to 10 percent for local consumers.

• And this summer, Central Hudson will ask the state to let it raise delivery rates effective in July 2015, ending a two-year rate freeze.

“I think it’s not good for us,” said Eric Fuegel, a senior citizen living in the Town of Poughkeepsie. “I get a big bill,” about $500 to $600 every two months, for both gas and electric service, he said. Hearing for the first time about the “new capacity zone” plan, he thought it “weird” and compared it to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority charges that hit the lower Hudson Valley in payroll and telephone taxes.

Cold and costly

Utility bills are divided into two main parts, electricity and natural gas. Each of those is divided into “delivery charges” and “supply charges.” It’s important to understand the difference.

Supply refers to the commodity itself — the amount of electricity that is consumed. Central Hudson buys this in the wholesale power markets at market rates, or under contracts, and passes it on to consumers with no markup.

“It’s a dollar in and a dollar out,” said Steven Lant, CEO of CH Energy Group, parent of Central Hudson.

Widespread cold has swept the nation, simultaneously increasing both usage of energy and the price of it.

Central Hudson said gas usage was up 25 percent in January and power draw rose by 7 percent versus last year. More usage means more cost.

But it’s worse than just usage. At the same time, supply charges that Central Hudson pays to buy gas and power — it produces no gas and very little of its own power — rose in the open markets.

Market supply charges jumped 66 percent in January for gas that Central Hudson bought. Bulk electricity purchases got more costly by 88 percent. Those costs flow through to the “supply” part of the consumer bill, which is usually smaller than the “delivery” part. The delivery charge does, however, go up somewhat with volume.

The net result was that a total home gas bill, both supply and delivery, likely was up about 25 percent, said James Laurito, president of Central Hudson. And a total home electric bill, supply and delivery, typically would be up 38 percent.

“Think of it as a traffic jam at rush hour,” Laurito said.

A tax is levied

This energy tax kicked in on Saturday for Dutchess County residents. It was born in the fall when County Executive Marc Molinaro proposed a new way to raise revenue: repeal a home energy-tax exemption that had long been in place. This was expected to bring in about $7.8 million. It passed the Legislature with a 14-10 vote and it has remained controversial.

The tax applies to delivery and supply charges, the whole bill, for those who take full service from Central Hudson, said spokesman John Maserjian. But those customers who have gone to a third-party vendor for the supply portion will only pay the tax on that portion, according to state tax laws, he said.

This item won’t be a separate line, Maserjian said, but will be included within the existing line called “NYS & Local Taxes & Surcharges” and will only apply to Dutchess residents.

This will add $18.75 to a $500 utility bill for a full-service customer.

‘New capacity zone’

This surcharge will cost consumers between 6 percent and 10 percent more on their bills, Laurito estimates. An earlier version was worse.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, and the New York Independent System Operator, or NYISO, have put this charge in place because they see a clear need to get more power production in southeastern New York, an area that covers most of Central Hudson’s territory and utilities to the south, including in New York City.

This is the state’s big “load pocket” and it has been losing power plants.

The zone customers will pay extra to make the region more attractive to private companies that would therefore be more likely to build power plants or upgrade old ones, so the theory goes.

Central Hudson officials and the state Public Service Commission on Friday said they continue to challenge the FERC decision.

“What federal regulators fail to recognize is the ongoing state initiatives now underway that are designed to resolve the transmission constraints between upstate and downstate that led FERC to take this anti-consumer action,” said PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman in a statement.

Those state efforts involve the current power transmission line review, with four competitors offering plans to modify transmission lines to get at least 1,000 megawatts more power from cheaper upstate sources to downstate zones.

They have all been recently invited to submit alternative plans to stay within existing power line corridors.

Central Hudson is part of one competing outfit, called NY Transco.

Central Hudson’s Lant said Friday, speaking to the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board, that the need for more power is real but the method is wrong.

Companies that already have power plants will benefit. “The incumbent suppliers get the price increase instantly,” he said. But the plan “may or may not give us any relief to the capacity constraints.”

Laurito said that though consumers will pay, “Those payments create no jobs, no economic vitality and no guarantee that any power plants would even get built.”

Rate increases coming

None of the above impacts are “rates.” That term refers solely to the delivery part of a utility bill. This part is regulated and only changes under the OK of the state Public Service Commission. To get that OK, a utility must start a rate case, and it takes about a year to go through one.

For Central Hudson customers, there has been a rate-hike holiday that is part of the deal in which Fortis Inc. of Canada bought CH Energy Group and Central Hudson in June in a $1.5 billion deal.

The rates in place when the deal was done have been kept and stay through June 2015. But this summer, Central Hudson will go to the PSC and ask for a boost, company officials confirmed Friday.

They have not said how much. But they have continued a $215 million investment in the system without getting any more rate allowance for it.

“It will be structured to reflect the fair and adequate costs necessary to provide safe and reliable service to our customers,” said Maserjian.

Customers have been vocal at past rate-hike proceedings. Given the mounting costs of energy they must bear, that plan could face plenty of consumer heat when the time comes.


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Energy Efficiency at The Andersen Group: Hudson Solar to Install Solar Panels at 125 Wolf Road Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:54:42 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]>

By: S. Gunther

Published: January 2, 2014

Hudson Solar is a fast-growing solar design and installation firm serving clients from Rhinebeck to Queensbury and east into the Berkshires and southern Vermont. The family-owned firm, founded in Rhinebeck NY in 2002, has completed over 1000 solar installations in residences, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government facilities.

In the next few months, it will add The Anderson Group Executive Suites office building at 125 Wolf Road to that impressive list.

“We have been planning this with the management team at The Anderson Group for some time,” explained Hudson Solar partner John Wright, who heads the firms Capital Region operation. “We have all of the equipment in and will be starting the installation in the next 90 days.”

According to Wright, the installation will yield savings over 25 years totaling $190,000 for The Anderson Group.

Andy Anderson, managing partner with The Anderson Group, said that the investment is part of the firm’s multi-million dollar building upgrade program, and reflects the company’s commitment to energy efficiency. “We are determined to provide the most efficient and productive office space for our tenants,” he explained. “We’re continually improving all of our properties. ”

Scalability: Having Room to Grow

Wright knows the Wolf Road building well, because he selected it to be Hudson Solar’s Albany headquarters when he first brought the business to the region three years ago.

“I was looking for a space close to the major highways,” he explained, “with shared services such as a receptionist and conference room, and the scalability to let me easily change offices as we grew.”

The clincher, said Wright, was that he also required warehousing space, which Anderson was able to provide only one block from the office. “

Wright moved into a small, 250 square foot office in May of 2010 with five employees. Within 18 months he had doubled his staff and moved into an 800 square foot space in the same building twice that size. Today he occupies a corner office totaling 1900 square feet and employs 20 workers.

“It’s been really great to have the flexibility to be able to scale relatively inexpensively without major hassles for our group,” he explained. “The Anderson Group made it easy for us to move into this building and set up our fleet operations out of their warehouse. And as we’ve expanded, they’ve moved us each time.”

According to Wright, the firm still takes advantage of the 125 Wolf Road building’s shared services. “Even though we now have our own conference room, we still use the shared services The Anderson Group provides,” he explained. “For larger meetings, it’s great to have a large conference room with Internet, projector, and computer. And we use the shared receptionist service to help us with faxing and mailings.”

“On a day-to-day level, the team at The Anderson Group is phenomenal,” he continued. “They’ve been very, very, very flexible to work with. You can tell they run a well-oiled machine because they have good systems and controls and processes. Nothing falls through the cracks. When we need something done, they get it done immediately.”


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CBS6 News – The Real Deal: Electric Rates Double Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:33:03 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]> Watch the Video:

Updated: Friday, January 10 2014, 06:36 PM EST ALBANY

If you’ve opened up your National Grid bill this month and experienced a bit of sticker shock, you’re not alone.  The supply cost of electricity has more than doubled for many customers this month, compared to last.   From November to December of 2013, the statewide wholesale price of electricity increased by 53% and when a utility has to pay more for it, you can bet its going to be passed right on to customers.  When Lecia ODell opened her National Grid bill a few days ago, she was shocked, I thought there was a mistake, I thought they couldn’t have read the meter, that something was wrong, they said, no they read the meter, she says.  Turns out the bill was correct and it was big, It had almost doubled, the kilowatts from this month to last month, she says of the cost per kilowatt hour as it appeared on her bill, It was just unbelievable, $225 compared to $95, it’s almost triple, ODell adds.  Even compared to the same time last year, the price was double. When it comes to the supply side of your utility bill, believe it or not, National Grid doesn’t have much say as to how much it charges.  The utility buys electric through the States Independent Service Operator.  We don’t mark that supply cost up, it’s basically a pass-through that comes through our bill into the customer’s so we don’t have any control over that supply we only purchase it on behalf of our customers, says Patrick Stella, a spokesman for National Grid. The ISO says because New York relies on natural gas to fuel its power generating stations, the price of electricity is directly tied to the price of natural gas.  In cold weather, the demand for gas shoots up and so does the price because the transmission lines get congested.  Homes and businesses need the gas to heat and power plants need it to produce electricity and the Capital Region doesn’t exactly have a prime spot along those lines.  New York State does have some long-standing constraints on our transmission system so that generally prices to our west and north are lower because you have lower cost generating resources, hydro plants to the west, a lot of wind in the north, says David Flanagan, a spokesman for the New York Independent System Operators.  The only upside to energy pricing at this point?  We had a new rate case that went in last year and that actually decreased the delivery rates right now by 10%, so the part we control has actually decreased, Stella says.  The only question of course, is for how long, You’re not expecting it to be that much and so it’s an extra $120 that you have to put out, we can pay it but it’s just ridiculous and I’m worried about what next month’s going to be, ODell says.  And thats really something to keep in mind, the subzero days and nights we’ve experienced recently will show up on next months bill.  Even if you always keep the thermostat at 65 degrees, when temperatures dip down into the single digits and below zero, your furnace needs more energy to keep you warm.

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01/07/2014 – Having trouble reaching us??? Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:23:08 +0000 hudsonsolar Read More]]> We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our phones and email… (We’re just going to go ahead and blame this FREEZING cold weather!) We will respond to your calls and emails as soon as we get things back up and running! :) Thanks for being patient! ]]> 0