Transformation

The Transportation Grid: How utilities can drive the future of transport | Utility Dive

July 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The average car’s idleness presents an opportunity to use price signals to encourage charging during off-peak hours. Several studies have found that, by using time of use pricing for EV charging stations, utilities can get owners to charge their vehicles during periods of low power demand. The benefits of such price signals are substantial: When EVs are charged off peak, consumers face lower energy prices, and utilities increase revenues without the need to invest in new grid or generating capacity. Source: The Transportation Grid: How utilities can drive the future of transport | Utility Dive

Liberalising energy data opens market opportunities | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Click the link and watch the interview ! In this live studio interview at Asian Utility Week, Peter Nemcek, vice president of research and development at Cybergrid, talks about the interesting results obtained from the e-Badge smart grid project which is an EU-funded FP7 project. Its objective is to propose an optimal pan-European Intelligent Balancing mechanism, which is also able to integrate Virtual Power Plant systems by means of an integrated communication infrastructure that can assist in the management of the electricity transmission and distribution grids in an optimized, controlled and secure manner. The three year project is now in its final year. Source: Liberalising energy data opens market opportunities | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

EU Bets on Cap and Trade in Plan for Deeper Emission Cuts – Bloomberg Business

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

They should have done so last year. The European Union sought to boost prices in the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas market with draft legislation to underpin the bloc’s 2030 emissions-reduction goal.The measures would accelerate cuts in carbon dioxide from electricity, steel, paper and other industries in the EU emissions-trading system. Their supply of CO2 allowances would shrink by 2.2 percent a year between 2021 and 2030 compared with a 1.74 percent annual decline in the 2013-2020 period. Source: EU Bets on Cap and Trade in Plan for Deeper Emission Cuts – Bloomberg Business

Marijuana grow houses boost Denver power demand, complicating efficiency plans | Utility Dive

July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wonder how all that is handled (or measured) in the Netherlands. Some 45% of the growth in Denver’s power growth is coming from its booming legal marijuana industry, the Denver Post reports, and city officials are concerned the uptick in electricity use will make it difficult for the city to meet climate change targets. Source: Marijuana grow houses boost Denver power demand, complicating efficiency plans | Utility Dive

Inside Duke Energy’s renewables strategy | Utility Dive

July 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Today, most rooftop solar arrays are installed by third party providers like SolarCity and SunRun — not regulated utilities. But as solar proliferates, its residential adopters pay less money to the utility because they can generate or offset a portion of their electricity demand. That means utilities — many of them already facing stagnant or negative load growth — can see significant portions of their revenue lost if solar catches on among their customers. Worse, they argue, solar adopters still use the grid, but pay less for its upkeep, forcing those costs onto other customers. Source: Inside Duke Energy’s renewables strategy | Utility Dive

Report: Driven by carbon, reliability rules, energy service companies poised for growth | Utility Dive

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The market for energy service companies (ESCOs) will reach $11.5 billion in 2024, up from $6.3 billion this year, according to analysis from Navigant.The growth is being driven by the demand for energy efficiency retrofits and building improvements, as customers are forced to comply with new carbon policies and reliability standards.The largest energy service companies are also expected to find opportunities in Europe, where the market has traditionally lagged. Source: Report: Driven by carbon, reliability rules, energy service companies poised for growth | Utility Dive

POWER, PEOPLE, PLANET

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

For Sub-Saharan Africa, 2015 is a turning point. The summits on sustainable development, financing and climate change are swinging the spotlight not only onto Africa’s needs to accelerate development and adapt to global warming, but also onto the region’s urgent energy crisis. Two in three Africans lack access to electricity. http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/publications/policy-papers/2015-africa-progress-report/

EEI 2015: 5 major utility CEOs on the transformation of the energy system | Utility Dive

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Head over to Utility dive now for some insights! It’s not often that journalists get the chance to hear the leaders of four major utilities talk about the hot-button issues in the electric sector, but that’s exactly what the EEI annual convention provided Wednesday. The panel of the EEI board, moderated Dominion CEO Tom Farrell, featured outgoing EEI chair and Southern California Edison CEO Ted Craver, Exelon CEO Chris Crane, Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning, and American Electric Power CEO Nick Atkins. They spoke on a variety of topics, from renewables subsidies to storage and the Clean Power Plan. Source: EEI 2015: 5 major utility CEOs on the transformation of the energy system | Utility Dive

100% renewables by 2045 is now the law in Hawaii | Utility Dive

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hawaii became the first state to commit to obtaining 100% of its electricity from renewables when Governor David Ige signed HB 623, mandating the state’s utilities reach that resource mix by 2045. The law, effective July 1, sets 30% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2040 interim targets. Source: 100% renewables by 2045 is now the law in Hawaii | Utility Dive

EEI 2015: Why Elon Musk thinks the future is bright for utilities | Utility Dive

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Interview with Elon Musk and SoCal CEO Ted Craver on Utility Dive, excellent read The key, Musk said, is the shift toward an electricity-based economy. As consumers transition from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric ones, Musk predicted that electricity demand would double or more, creating a huge new market for utility services. In the long run, distributed generation will likely account for about a third of electricity generation, Musk said, so there will still be plenty of need for central station power and the grid. Source: EEI 2015: Why Elon Musk thinks the future is bright for utilities | Utility Dive

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