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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

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

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

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

Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits

June 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Many studies suggest that providing real-time feedback about an individual’s energy use can change their behavior. One of the most compelling in this respect, by Katrina Jessoe and David Rapson at the University of California at Davis, came out last year in the journal American Economic Review. It examined 437 Connecticut households, which had been randomly assigned to one of three groups. All of the households received smart meters that transmitted electricity use information every 15 minutes —  and for the control group, that’s all they received. Technology alone is not enough to help people save energy. The article tries to explain what we do need to get people to start saving energy. Source: Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits

E.ON Saving Energy Toolkit Passes One Million UK Signups | Engerati – Energy Management

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Saving Energy Toolkit provides customers with personalized insights and tips on the actions they can take to save energy such as unplugging unused devices, setting thermostats more wisely and turning off unused lights. Of those that have signed up for the toolkit, more than 500,000 customers have completed a simple ‘What Uses Most’ online audit to help them understand what drives up energy costs the most. Source: E.ON Saving Energy Toolkit Passes One Million UK Signups | Engerati – Energy Management

Honeywell And TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project To Improve Energy Reliability | Reuters

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) today announced that they have successfully implemented the first ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India. Given the gap between the power required for homes and businesses in India, and what utilities can produce, many cities across the country face severe brownouts and blackouts. The demand for electricity in Delhi, for example, has almost doubled over the past decade. With nearly 50 percent of the country’s peak load tied to commercial and industrial sites, the ability to adjust related energy use is critical. Grid operators like TPDDL can use ADR to help reduce peak load in a facility 15 percent on average, creating a “virtual power plant” that generates “negawatts” or reduced demand. The project will give TPDDL the ability to reduce approximately 11.5 megawatts of peak demand. However, if the same technology were deployed in all buildings in India, electricity consumption could drop an estimated 10.5 gigawatts, close to 7 percent of the peak energy currently required nationwide. Source: Honeywell And TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project To Improve Energy Reliability | Reuters