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Commentary from Industry Pros
Imagine getting paid, or otherwise compensated, for not using energy! It's a reality these days, and it's known as demand response. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission defines demand response as "actions voluntarily taken by a consumer to adjust the amount or timing of his energy consumption."
An urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life along with a wise management of natural resources requires investment in infrastructure and technology. Such smart cities will rely on networks of sensors in everything from parking spaces to heating and cooling systems. And while most of the attention has been on sensors and software for interpreting masses of smart city data, a smart city isn't so smart if the physical network breaks down.
As you've heard me say previously, a key tenet of the emerging energy-as-a-service model is consumer centricity. I can hear the resounding 'Duh!' from utility employees far and wide.
Most companies engage in manual data entry in some form. One area manual data entry is prevalent is energy management. Although it is essentially ubiquitous, the process consists of an abundance of glaring inefficiencies.
Retail residential electricity prices across the U.S. rose in the first half of this year, averaging 12.3 per kilowatt hour, a 3.2 percent price hike from the same period last year. This is the largest six-month rise since 2009, the U.S Energy Information Administration has reported.
The West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH) comprises 57 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Oregon and Washington. It is one of the largest contiguous networks of direct current (DC) fast chargers in North America. These stations enable EVs to charge approximately 80 percent of their battery capacity in 30 minutes or less, which provides EV drivers the peace of mind to travel from city to city in the Pacific Northwest, untethered from their residential chargers.
The Importance of Forecasting and Demand Planning in Managing a Lean Supply Chain
The primary goals of any national electrical Smart Grid program are to add monitoring, analysis, control and communication capabilities to a nation's power delivery system to maximize the system's efficiency, streamline operations, and upgrade security protections-all while also reducing energy consumption.
Back in the 1980s, I interned at the EPA. An older employee told a story of a public hearing to illustrate how Americans are confused in their thinking about risk.
Actions are taking place in several states to repeal or significantly alter what are called the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and/or net metering. The former mandates certain amounts of renewable energy be part of the electric mix. It was never the intent to provide incentives for mature technologies, like large hydroelectric projects, in order to make the overall portfolio appear less expensive but this is being pursued as one reason for it.