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

How California plans to integrate distributed resources into its ISO market | Utility Dive

July 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The state’s grid operator is preparing to offer aggregators of distributed energy resources (DERs) the opportunity to sell into its marketplace, the first in the nation to do so. The plan has the full attention of the state’s utilities and its solar and energy storage providers. Source: How California plans to integrate distributed resources into its ISO market | 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

Energy union tour reaches Budapest as market prepares for proposals – Natural Gas Daily – Interfax Global Energy

June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

MaroŠ Šefcovic’s energy union tour reached Budapest on Tuesday, with the European Commission’s vice president for the project attempting to rally support for a range of new proposals that would bind the 28 EU market areas together and ease security of supply fears.“New member states are still thinking of big projects and big capacities, but we don’t always think of what we already have in stock and what we can possibly save,” Šefcovic said on Tuesday at the EU building deep in Budapest’s western district.“One percent of energy efficiency allows us to import 2.6% less gas. You can imagine how we can change the parameters once we increase energy efficiency by 5-10%.” Source: Energy union tour reaches Budapest as market prepares for proposals – Natural Gas Daily – Interfax Global Energy

EU on track to meeting 20% renewable energy target – European Commission

June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The EU reports that their member states are well on the way to meeting the EU’s target for 20% renewable energy in the overall energy supply by 2020. Presented on 16 June, the European Commission’s renewable energy progress report reveals that 25 EU countries are expected to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets. In 2014, the projected share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption is 15.3%. Source: EU on track to meeting 20% renewable energy target – European Commission Well, although I doubt the methods for calculating the numbers, at least we are on the way.

Summer Reception: EEX discusses the progress of market design with political representatives in Berlin – Parliamentary evening for the further implementation of the energy turnaround

June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Furthermore, Peter Reitz highlighted the contribution which the energy exchange makes to the success of the energy turnaround. “The market participants need products offering them even more flexible hedging against price risks. We have presented a concept on this and will launch so-called “energy turnaround products” this year. The Cap Futures, which the trading participants can use on the Derivatives Market to hedge against price peaks on the Intraday Market, form the starting point for this productseries.” Source: Summer Reception: EEX discusses the progress of market design with political representatives in Berlin – Parliamentary evening for the further implementation of the energy turnaround

European power is slipping away from King Coal | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Coal, the muscle that for two centuries powered Europe’s economic dominance of the world, is steadily losing its grip as cleaner fuels take its place and energy efficiency cuts electricity consumption, according to new analysis.The European Union’s electricity demand fell by 3.3 per cent from 2008 to 2013 − even though GDP grew by 4.1 per cent − and the analysts say changing market conditions for utilities leaves new coal plants failing to generate positive cash-flows even in the most optimistic scenario. Source: European power is slipping away from King Coal | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

Power Distribution in Europe – Facts & Figures

June 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

http://www.eurelectric.org/ reports facts & figures on their website about the European DSO landscape: Around 98-99% of European network customers are connected to the distribution grid. In contrast to their transmission ‘highway’ counterparts, distribution networks are made up of the smaller roads and paths that deliver electricity to its ultimate point of consumption: Europe’s households and businesses. They are linked to transmission systems by around 10,700 interconnection points. Overall, there are more than 4 million distribution transformers in Europe. Source: Power Distribution in Europe – Facts & Figures

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