July 2015

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

Thanks To Reduced Solar Activity, We Could Be Heading For A Mini Ice Age In 2030 | IFLScience

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Life on Earth has always been dependent on the conditions of the Sun, so scientists spend a lot of time studying its activity. A recent announcement from solar scientists suggests that the Sun may soon enter a period of significant reduced activity, possibly causing a mini ice age by 2030 – just 15 years from now. Source: Thanks To Reduced Solar Activity, We Could Be Heading For A Mini Ice Age In 2030 | IFLScience

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

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

Closing bell rings on Chicago futures pits for final time | Reuters

July 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Gone are the old days. CME Group Inc rang the closing bell on open-outcry futures markets on Monday after a few dozen Chicago traders donned their multicolored jackets to buy and sell soybean and Eurodollar futures the old-fashioned way one last time. Source: Closing bell rings on Chicago futures pits for final time | Reuters

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