Utility energy efficiency programs could find success by appealing to customers’ interest in smart technology, a new study shows.
When researchers learned that carpenters weren’t wearing their respirator masks, they asked inline-skaters and roofers – groups of people who also wear safety products – for thoughts on how to increase compliance among carpenters. Remarkably, the researchers reported that the most novel ideas came from people in the field most distant to the problem: the skaters. The Harvard Business Review reported these findings several years ago in an article titled “Sometimes the Best Ideas Come from Outside Your Industry,” by Marion Poetz, Nikolaus Franke and Martin Schreier.
Sea-surface temperatures continue to be slightly warmer than average throughout much of the Equatorial Pacific Ocean. This indicates that the El Nino phase is persisting. The latest long-range climate models continue to suggest that this El Nino may slowly weaken as we head into the upcoming fall and winter. It should be noted that over the past couple weeks, temperatures have cooled slightly in parts of the Equatorial Pacific.
In this new piece, Powerley CEO Manoj Kumar provides real world examples of how smart home energy management will fuel the future of utilities as they take on a more customer-centric role.
Six words grab John Perkins’ attention whenever he sees a presentation from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E): “If it works, will it matter?”
As the global electricity system embraces decentralization and renewable energy, large energy users may have more power – in all senses of the word – than they realize. That’s the message from Jereme Kent, CEO of One Energy, a company that installs, owns and operates megawatt-scale wind farms at industrial parks for C&I customers such as Whirlpool and Ball Corporation.
Commercial property owners with existing energy storage systems, or owners considering implementing an energy storage system, may be able to benefit from a recent order by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) allowing utility companies to pay customers who agree to rely upon their energy storage systems and dispatch the energy during peak events.
Last week in San Antonio, Texas, about 150 DISTRIBUTECH stakeholders convened to discuss industry trends, best practices for marketing and sales in the utility industry and set the educational agenda for the 2020 event.
Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) are joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), several national residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations to develop new automated permit software for distributed solar and storage, reducing the cost of solar installations and saving resources for local governments and taxpayers.
There is a growing gap between measured actual grid reliability and customer perceptions and experiences of grid reliability. Industry standard reliability metrics provide a historical look at what has already happened, but with many filters, including weather exemptions, defining what counts. Reliability in this day and age ought to mean: how well are utilities delivering their energy product every day?