Imagine sipping your morning coffee on a sunny August morning when your smart speaker makes a proposal. “This afternoon the temperature is expected to reach 105 degrees, would you like me to turn up the thermostat three degrees for a few hours and save $10 on your electricity bill?” the computer asks. “This will ease the stress on the electric grid and help prevent brownouts.” Most people would say yes, without realizing that such a small decision, when aggregated across millions of homes, has dramatic implications for the electricity business. The company that can deliver such load shaving on a large scale stands to make a lot of money when grid operators pay for such demand response. The question facing the industry is: Who will control that relationship with the customer? Will utilities prompt the question? Will it be a company that specializes in demand response? Or could it be a tech company like Amazon or Apple that sells smart speakers and smart home … [Read more...] about Get ready to discuss energy savings with your smart speaker
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To get a sense of how monumentally difficult it would be to wean Minnesota off fossil fuels, one only needs to look at climate change politics in St. Paul. On Monday, Gov. Tim Walz called global warming an “existential threat” in need of an “immediate” response and proposed the state’s electric sector rid itself of coal and other greenhouse gas producers … over the next 31 years. For those counting, that deadline is toward the later end of what would be Walz’s eighth term in office. Still, 2050 has been at the center of the debate over how fast the state can politically and logistically move toward clean energy. It’s also turning into something of a rallying cry for Democrats around the country, like the $15-per-hour minimum wage but for climate change. Republicans, who have a majority in the state Senate, were largely skeptical of Walz’s energy plan on Monday and have already painted it as an unrealistic mandate that would raise … [Read more...] about How feasible is Walz’s goal of making Minnesota’s energy sector carbon free by 2050?
0 Post a comment Monday, 21 January 2019 - Utilities by Sam Acourt - Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette @@AcourtSamantha [email protected] “Check, Switch, Save” is the message from Citizens Advice South Hams as it prepares for its annual energy awareness campaign. Their annual campaign, which this year starts with Big Energy Saving Week (BESW) on January 21 and runs through to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Feb 15. Citizens Advice is the statutory consumer champion for energy and is leading the campaign to make people aware of how much energy they are using and are charged for. According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) one in five customers living in private rented households in England are in fuel poverty. The local charity is supporting events around the South Hams to raise awareness of how much energy households use, how much they are paying, and if they can save by switching supplier or by making their … [Read more...] about Citizens Advice South Hams urges ‘Check, Switch, Save’ on energy
By Washington Post January 22, 2019 at 5:17 am By Scott Wilson | The Washington Post SACRAMENTO – It was just after 6:15 a.m. when the line “tripped off.” Soon after, workers for Pacific Gas and Electric spotted smoke near the utility tower that, on the windy morning of Nov. 8, had suddenly gone dark. There was little time to do much more than take notice. Within 15 minutes, a fire began scorching through the town of Paradise in the Sierra foothills north of here. By the time it was controlled weeks later, the Camp Fire had turned the retirement community to ash. The timing of the tower outage and the start of the fire, the largest in California history, has been reported to state utility regulators by PG&E. There has still been no determination on the question of whether the company is responsible for starting the fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed more than 14,000 homes. But by taking the step last week of filing an intention to declare bankruptcy, … [Read more...] about California wonders how and whether to save utility that could face huge fire liabilities
You know the drill: energy companies lure you in with a cheap introductory rate, and once it expires, you’ve either got to repeat the hassle of shopping around for a new deal, or you’re automatically moved onto the provider’s expensive default tariff – otherwise known as the standard variable rate (SVR). This isn’t a glitch in the system, it’s a profit model that is rife among the energy behemoths. “These business models are there to screw the customer,” says Matthew Clemow, co-founder of challenger brand Igloo Energy. “It’s a shame that it’s one of the only ways that they’ve worked out how to make money.” With Ofgem figures showing that 60 per cent of Brits are on SVR tariffs even if they’re more expensive, companies are getting rich purely from people’s inertia. And although there are 70 or so suppliers in the energy market, Clemow argues that some of the challengers aren’t offering … [Read more...] about As competition heats up, meet the energy company taking on the Big Six by cutting consumption