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Elon Musk: Demand for Tesla batteries ‘has been really crazy’ | Utility Dive

August 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

“If you just take the reservations that have been made thus far, it’s well over $1 billion worth of Powerpacks and Powerwalls,” he said. “And that’s with no marketing, no advertising, no sales force to speak of, really. We’re not trying to sell it. It’s basically a presentation and a webcast and 30 minutes of press Q&A. … So there’s probably room to improve.” Source: Elon Musk: Demand for Tesla batteries ‘has been really crazy’ | Utility Dive

POWER, PEOPLE, PLANET

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

For Sub-Saharan Africa, 2015 is a turning point. The summits on sustainable development, financing and climate change are swinging the spotlight not only onto Africa’s needs to accelerate development and adapt to global warming, but also onto the region’s urgent energy crisis. Two in three Africans lack access to electricity. http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/publications/policy-papers/2015-africa-progress-report/

Storage update: Inside the sector’s hot Q1 and what’s next for utilities & suppliers | Utility Dive

June 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

First quarter numbers are often unimpressive because companies tend to put more effort into planning than building in the first three months of the year. But the U.S. deployed 5.8 MW of storage in Q1 2015, 16% more than Q1 2014. Utility-scale, in-front-of-the-meter storage, the sector’s biggest component, added 4.2 MW in six projects. Behind-the-meter (BTM) storage had its biggest Q1 ever, with 1.6 MW of capacity installed, a jump of 132% from Q1 2014. Source: Storage update: Inside the sector’s hot Q1 and what’s next for utilities & suppliers | Utility Dive

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

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