When it comes to cooking your Thanksgiving feast, electricity bills can suffer. With the ensuing holiday expenses, electricity bill shouldn’t be one of them. Direct Energy offers these tips for carving down your electricity usage this Thanksgiving:
- Use a timer and don’t leave the oven on longer than it has to be
- To retain heat, cook with snug fit lids on your pans
- To prevent heat loss, open your oven door only when necessary
- Instead of the refrigerator, use an ice chest for drinks
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher
- When cooking in your cook-top range, choose pots and pans that are relatively the same size as the burner you’re cooking on.
Georgia PSC approves Solar Initiative
The Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power’s new solar initiative- the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. The initiative creates the largest voluntarily developed solar portfolio from an investor owned utility. Through this initiative, Georgia Power will acquire 210 megawatts of additional solar capacity through contracts over a two-year period.
Since the creation of the company’s Green Energy Program, which enables customers to support renewable energy, Georgia Power has consistently pursued growth of solar technology in the state.
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the largest generators of electricity. Georgia Power serves 2.4 million in the state.
New iPad App that aids Water districts and municipalities using GIS data
A new app in the App Store is providing water districts and municipalities a new tool that puts their Geographic System (GIS) data to work in innovative ways. GeoViewer Mobile app allows field crews to access and interact with a library of information and aerial maps that provides site-specific information at the touch of a finger – even without internet connectivity.
The app gives rapid and real-time information and makes GIS data easily accessible so that entire organizations can interact aiding them to make strategic decisions.
GeoViewer Mobile is customized to each organization. Maps, schematics, reports and more can be tied to any location; whether you need to find a replacement part for a damaged streetlight or determine which valve to close for a leak repair, the app enables workers to make the right decisions right away.
Maricopa County Approves 150 megawatt Arizona Solar Project
SolarReserve, a California-based developer of utility-scale solar power projects, announced that it has received its Special Use Permit (SUP) by unanimous decision from the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County, Arizona for its Crossroads Solar Energy Project.
This final approval follows two previously approved Certificate of Environmental Compatibility from the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2011 and a successful Major Comprehensive Plan amendment by Maricopa county in 2010.
The latest approval includes 150 megawatts of electrical generating capacity using SoalrReserve’s concentrating solar power Technology (CSP) and 65 megawatts of additional power from its solar photo voltaic technology.
Natural Gas explained in two new Videos
The Canadian natural gas distribution industry is making every effort to give as many Canadians easy access to information about natural gas and have created two new videos for wide distribution.
In “How Natural Gas is Smart Energy” viewers learn that natural gas is abundant, safe, reliable and an affordable source of energy for communities, large industries and transportation. In “Understand Your Natural Gas Bill”, a customer’s natural gas bill is explained and viewers learn why this clean source of energy continues to be an affordable option.
The website of the Canadian Gas Association, www.cga.ca, provides information and useful tools on this important Canadian strategic asset.