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Nearly 60 Percent of Utilities Are Reviewing Net-Metering Policies : Greentech Media

August 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Three-quarters of utilities reported that they are investigating how to make behind-the-meter assets, such as distributed solar, part of their business model. That is because utilities see technology such as renewables combined with storage as key for operational demand response, and also because distributed generation is a growing threat to their near-term business. Source: Nearly 60 Percent of Utilities Are Reviewing Net-Metering Policies : Greentech Media

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

Innovative battery technology can benefit utilities | The Big Data Hub

June 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

IBM’s Jennifer Potter published a post about energy storage and the possible benefits for utilities: Tesla’s Powerwall Home Battery seems poised to wean consumers off the big grid. A recent TechCrunch article claims that a single battery pack, valued at $3,000, will let a household run entirely on solar energy. On the other hand, Wired’s Rhett Allain challenges these claims by explaining the physics of energy storage. According to Allain, a single 10 kWh Powerwall could not meet the electricity demands of a typical household. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration average typical household use at 30 kWh a day, therefore, a customer would need three Powerwalls to stay off the grid entirely. Three powerwalls can be arranged, but this would only work for sunny states and countries. I don’t think that west- and nordic European countries have enough sunshine in the winter to even supply themselves with solar power. Source: Innovative battery technology can benefit utilities | The Big Data Hub

Scientists have built the world’s thinnest electric generator – and it’s only one atom wide

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Scientists have built the world’s thinnest electric generator – and it’s only one atom wide. “This material – just a single layer of atoms – could be made as a wearable device, perhaps integrated into clothing, to convert energy from your body movement to electricity and power wearable sensors or medical devices, or perhaps supply enough energy to charge your cell phone in your pocket,” said James Hone, professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia engineering and co-leader of the research