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SolarCity adds Tesla battery to its new solar-plus-storage home product | Utility Dive

July 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

“The Tesla 7 kWh battery costs $7,000 installed and is meant to be cycled daily,” Tucson Electric Power’s Carmine Tilghman recently told Utility Dive. “At the average all-in electricity rate of $0.12 per kWh, the buyer saves $0.84 per day. And $7,000 divided by $0.84 per day means it will take 8,333 days or about 22.9 years to get the initial investment back for a battery that comes with a ten year warranty.” Source: SolarCity adds Tesla battery to its new solar-plus-storage home product | Utility Dive

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

Energy customers ‘paying too much’ – BBC News

July 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Between 2009 and 2013, British Gas, E-On, Npower, EDF Energy, Scottish Power and SSE collectively charged households £1.2bn a year more than they would have in a competitive market, the CMA said.It found dual fuel customers could save £160 a year on average by switching. Source: Energy customers ‘paying too much’ – BBC News

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

The UK Smart Meter Bubble is About to Burst | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The smart meter rollout in the UK is under fire, apparently the established companies try to protect their turf a bit too hard. The IoD document lays out a cogent and powerful case for review. It frames the current deployment in the context of other previous government IT disasters, using input from their members to add the measure of experience about how these projects can go wrong. It also raises the important question of how any savings might be implemented.This is an important point which has largely escaped the notice of most of the programme’s proponents. DECC refuses to reveal how they came up with the figures for customer savings, which many consider to be mythical. That is why they have been hauled up before the Freedom of Information commissioner. But there’s been little debate about the industry savings, which are generally taken for granted. The most cited of these are the savings from automating meter readings and getting rid of meter readers. But there are also considerable savings attached to grid management. However, there’s a flaw even in these savings, which the IoD highlights. Source: The UK Smart Meter Bubble is About to Burst | Engerati – Transmission and Distribution

NRG Energy sees shining future for solar

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nice to see that big companies are thinking along innovative lines ! For Crane, the CEO of NRG Energy (NRG), the biggest independent producer of electricity in the U.S., conventional coal, natural gas and nuclear plants provide the bulk of his company’s $3.8 billion in revenue. But Crane foresees a day not so far off when new technologies like rooftop solar and batteries will turn the electric power industry upside down, and NRG is moving in that direction.”I think electricity today is where the telecom industry was about 1990,” Crane said in an interview with USA TODAY. “The fixed line is still out there, right? But I can’t tell you the last time I made a long-distance call from my home phone.” Source: NRG Energy sees shining future for solar

Inside Hawaii activists’ push to ditch HECO and transform the utility business model | Utility Dive

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Power to the people: Hawaiian city councils are investigating how they can replace traditional electricity distribution by smart grids. In an effort to gather information on how to replace Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), Oahu’s Honolulu City Council is preparing to fund a study on options. To replace Maui Electric Co. (MECO), Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa issued a Request for Proposals for a similar study.To replace Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO) on the big island, an aggressive group has formed the Hawaii Island Electric Cooperative (HIEC). That group is basing its efforts on the model of Kauai’s successful Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) which handles 5% of the state’s load. Source: Inside Hawaii activists’ push to ditch HECO and transform the utility business model | Utility Dive

Metering International Issue 2 2015

June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Metering international runs an article about smart meter deployment in the Caribbean region. One of the main drivers for smart meter deployment is reduction of energy theft on DSO and even TSO level! The global leader in delivering smart utility news and information to decision-makers in over 200 countries. Metering International, established in 1996, is the global leader in delivering news and information on the rapidly evolving smart utility landscape to readers in over 200 countries. www.metering.com Source: Metering International Issue 2 2015

What’s Really Got the Attention of Utilities?   – Energy Efficiency Markets

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

When asked what policy or regulatory advances will impact the industry’s evolution most by 2020, utilities cited net metering and distributed generation  first (30 percent) followed by greenhouse gas emissions rules (22 percent).Why so? Because rules are rules. But distributed generation (DG) is a wild card. Source: What’s Really Got the Attention of Utilities?   – Energy Efficiency Markets

Electricity market design: Will demand react to variations in power supply? – German Energy Transition

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Traditionally, power production has followed demand. Due to the growth of renewable power production, it is increasingly becoming lucrative to actively manage demand to profit from fluctuating power prices. Benjamin Bayer reports about first experiences with demand response in the US and explains how the regulatory framework needs to change in Germany. Source: Electricity market design: Will demand react to variations in power supply? – German Energy Transition

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