Today's PUF

ESG Stories

Check out our special issue on our industry’s ESG Stories. (ESG standing for the Environmental, Social, Governance non-financial factors considered by investors.)

Fourteen utilities detail in the special issue what they’re doing in ESG (plus Moody’s Investors Service and Morgan Stanley weigh in):

AEP’s Sandy Nessing: “We are at an inflection point; we have a clean energy strategy on the table right now, and if regulators are supportive, by 2030 our generating portfolio will flip to fifty-two percent renewable energy.”

EIPC Epic Paper

EIPC's must-read white paper: “Planning the Grid for a Renewable Future” is epic because of the breadth and depth of its analysis of the grid’s needs from the Plains to the Poconos and parts in-between and beyond.

Natural Gas and Electric Prices

The Labor Department released August data on producer prices on September 10.

Notably, the average price for the natural gas sold to electric power producers was fifty-two percent higher in August than in August of 2020.

The average price of natural gas sold to commercial and industrial customers was twenty-nine percent and forty-five percent higher in August than in August of 2020, respectively.

And the average price of electricity sold to commercial and industrial customers was four percent and five percent higher in August than in August of 2020, respectively.

Average Residential Bill $126

Because of the pandemic, people stayed home more last year. This shows up in the average residential electric bill.

The data courtesy of the most authoritative source on what American households have spent their money on, the Labor Department’s extraordinarily comprehensive Consumer Expenditure Survey. 2020 data was released on September 9.  

Compared with the prior pre-pandemic year, the average monthly bill rose in 2020 by three percent to $126.

As usual, the average varies quite a lot by region and by income.