2015 Electric Industry Report DG at the Core of Electric Industry Transformation
The 2015 electric report finds that increasing customer interest and adoption of solar, energy storage, and distributed generation is causing more utilities to rethink their approach to these resources. New technologies are enabling customers to substantially lower power consumption and potentially even go offthegrid. As a result, electric utilities are revisiting their approach to planning and becoming more proactive about the integration of distributed generation into their business models. Energy storage technologies are also changing how electric utilities function. Third parties, such as Tesla, are leading the charge and providing battery storage options to commercial and industrial utility customers. While some.
Utilities might view distributed generation as a threat, others are open to investments in it and related technologies. About 75 percent of survey respondents are thinking about investing in behind the meter and distributed grid infrastructure. Twothirds say they will increase their renewable energy generation investments in the next five years. As electric utilities continue to prepare for the changes sweeping the industry, the ability to plan and evolve will be directly tied to readiness. While no one can fully predict outcomes, Black Veatch recommends that where DG is concerned, electric utilities begin to gauge their ability to transition.
The Tibetan Innovation Challenge
We're here today at the Tibet House in New York City for the first Tibetan Innovation Challenge. So the seeds of the competition really began about a year ago when I was meeting with the Dalai Lama's representative. He wanted to disperse funds from a trust to help with an issue that was a very important to the Dalai Lama, his holiness and it was regarding developing economic opportunities for the Tibetan refugees. Tibetan Buddhist culture is something useful and really worthwhile to preserve. I was born in India in Karnataka, in, so the largest settlement, the largest Tibetan settlement in India. Every morning.
When you wake up, a, you have to go almost 15 20 minute walk to get water and so there's significant issues there. I was born and raised in Pakistan so I used to, I l knew a little bit about the Tibetan background in history. So, knowledge is very important. I had this innate sense of, you know, there's something we got to do. Social entrepreneurship is a new and emerging field in Academia. I read an email from Rochester in which they announced the Tibetan Innovation Challenge and I just broke down into.
Tears and called Rochester immediately and said I want to get involved. I along with the rest of my team present to you PATA. Shop Local, Give Global. In recent years I've been spending time mentoring entrepreneurs just kind of as a way of giving back. Are they spread out or are you going to have to go get product from everywhere Some young Tibetans that had ideas and needed some guidance and we're telling you about what their life is like. Where they live, especially exiled Tibetans and, and it got me sort of interested in.
Entrepreneurship is the tool for making things better, for solving problems. We will be supporting, specifically Tibetan entrepreneurs. So our project is Tsampa, A Taste of Tibet. It is a nutrition and meal replacement bar Having grown up eating tsampa, which is barley flour mixed with Tibetan butter tea, we were known as tsampa eaters. That sort of what identified us as people. I think us sort of creating ah, you know, modernized version of tsampa, as a way of us sort of preserving our culture and our tradition. PATA is basically an online platform. Basically what it's doing it's.
Allowing the Tibetan handicrafters to be able to market their products to the western world. We are creating a microfinance lending platform, an institution within India to directly serve the Tibetan refugee population. Lenders from around the world, we have the opportunity to select specific projects that would like to fund. Three of us are already interested in social entrepreneurship and using our business education is to do some go around the world and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine our interests and our education and to try to make a lasting change. I congratulate you guys on.
Being here, on trying and remember nobody loses tonight. Not every idea works, but the most important thing is activity. Failing is a lot better than not trying but the thought process of how to solve these problems is valuable no matter what happens. So, when most people think of entrepreneurship they think of the money that one could make but really it's fundamental that what we are all pursuing is happiness. So it's not profits of the exclusion of everything else for a balanced approach for the benefit of society and for the benefit for ourselves.
Why Teslas Powerwall Battery Is Amazing
All of humanity just won a really important victory in our battle to lower the CO2 emissions that are causing climate change. Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced the world to the Powerwall, a wallmounted battery for your house which aims to accelerate our transition to clean solar and windpower. Before the powerwall, there was no way to store the energy generated from the panels that capture sunlight on our roofs. So during the day they could give you the power you needed, but at night, you had to rely on the grid, which gets most of its.
Electricity from coal, natural gas, and nuclear reactors. There had been some early home batteries out there, but nothing that was nearly this affordable. But Tesla, which has built thousands of large, lithiumion battery packs for its growing electric car business, was able to produce a similar battery for buildings at a scale that dropped the production costs dramatically. The lowest capacity model will cost just $3,000. And this is the first generation of the productbefore Tesla's even completed building its massive new Gigafactory, or any real competitors have entered the market, events that will surely push the price down.
Even further, while increasing the energy storage capacity of the Powerwall. Here's how it works. When the sun is out, solar panels will power your house and charge the Powerwall at the same time. And when the sun goes down, this charged battery will kick in to meet most or all of your electricity needs until the sun comes back up again the next morning. This is gamechanging. More and more people will go completely offgrid. Every building whether it's a home, office, business, warehouse, factory they can all.
Install solar panels and some Powerwalls and instantly see their fossil fuelgenerated electricity needs drop significantly. Not every building will be able to go completely solarpowered, but most will get pretty close, especially as our appliances become more and more energy efficient. And it gets even better. The powerwall will be connected to the Internet and the rest of the energy grid. Here in Southern California, and most other heavily populated places, the electricity company charges us a lot more when we use electricity during peak timethat's in the afternoon and early evening when the temperatures are warmest and most of us are.
Home and still awake. The Tesla battery is smart, and knows when electricity is cheapest, so that's when it will draw from the grid to charge itself. And then, during peak time when you need electricity, the battery will power the house. Sometimes, you'll be able to sell back unused power to the utility company during peak time to even make a profit. It's basically going to make each individual building its own power station. Overnight, Tesla seems less a futuristic car company, and more like the man who inspired the company's name, a revolutionary electricity engineer named Nikola.
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John Schinter Explains ATTs threepronged approach to energy management Alternative Energy ATT
John Schinter Alternative and renewable energy is very important to ATT. Historically, we're relying on equipment that's fed off of the grid. And there's a lot of issues associated with outages and the liability impacts because of the grid itself. And by putting in onsite generation for renewable and alternatives, you're actually elimination that distribution risk associated with power generation. And you're able to bring it onto the site and actually control your destiny a little bit more than you would if you were relying on the grid. The work that we've done with Bloom Energy is pretty exciting.
We have installed 7,500 kilowatts of electricity generation at 11 sites, specifically in California. Those generate 62 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and that's equivalent to the electricity needed for 5,600 residential homes per year. The solar deployments that we've done at ATT, very exciting. in 2011, for example, we had five systems installed that have also generated 3.1 million kilowatt hours per year. And those were in primarily New Jersey and California sites. And we have now eight additional sites that are being planned for New Jersey in 2012 and 2013.
Here at ATT, we're also focusing on wind energy. An example of what we're using wind for at ATT is in the Austin, Texas area. There's a program called Green Choice, and 10 of all the electricity that we use for all sites at ATT are now through that program. And that's offering us 7.2 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy purchase. The importance of alternative and renewable energy to us is great. And what we've been looking to do is to focus on creating business cases that really demonstrate.
Fenix Intl Smart Power Solutions
With over 1.6 billion people without access to power, we need scalable solutions. The name 'Fenix' comes from the mythical bird, and it's about rebirth and renewal. And we're focusing on renewable energy for frontier markets. The Fenix ReadySet System is a renewable power center that can charge from virtually anything. It can charge from solar. It can charge from a bicycle generator that we developed. And it can even charge off the grid. We aim to reach massive scale. Installing megawatts, gigawatts of power in areas that never had access to energy.
Engineering researchers help Tucson plan for drier days ahead Science Nation
MUSIC MILES O'BRIEN In the desert, water has never been more precious. To help conserve, Tucson's Skyline Country Club uses reclaimed water to keep its golf course green. GARY SLONE It's gone through a cleaning process, and it's suitable to water grass. MILES O'BRIEN With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Arizona Civil Engineer Kevin Lansey and colleagues are working to redesign this area's water supply infrastructure to help communities meet growing water demands, while using less energy, and improving water quality. KEVIN LANSEY In the city of Tucson, the long term.
Projections are that we'll be using up our potable supply, our quote fresh water in probably 2030, or so. So, we need to be able to transition to other sources. MILES O'BRIEN Reclaimed water is one source using partially treated water for irrigation and industry, and conserving groundwater and water from the Colorado River for drinking and bathing. But, pumping that reclaimed water long distances is expensive. FRANK GALL This facility is a wastewater reclamation facility. We treat up to 41 million gallons a day. The raw sewage.
Enters the site just adjacent to me it runs into a longer trough that enters into this pump station over here. MILES O'BRIEN Lansey is working with facility managers and government planners to rethink how water resources move around Tucson, including what's known as the purple pipe system that pumps treated but nonpotable water where it is needed. WALL WILSON Now as that area out there on the east side and southeast of Tucson actually begins to grow, smaller wastewater treatment facilities in that area can then provide reclaimed source alleviates all that pumping, all that.
Distance, all that strain on the infrastructure to get it there. MILES O'BRIEN Here in Arizona, the future certainly looks dry. But, the Desert Southwest is not alone. Drought, development and climate change loom large in the coming years. The Federal Government says 36 states will experience water shortages in the next five years. Replacing water supply systems can be an expensive, decades' long process. KEVIN LANSEY I think everyone out here is well aware that we need to be looking for the next bucket and seeing how we're going to be able to do that in an efficient way, with limited.
New Jersey New Jersey Energy Deregulation Deals
Shopping for Energy Deals with New Jersey Energy Deregulation Thanks to recently passed deregulation laws, New Jersey consumers have the opportunity to shop around when it comes to getting the best price for their energy, whether they use gas or electric. The distribution of this energy is still the same and any emergencies will be responded to immediately. What people need to understand is that changing your utility provider, thanks toenergy deregulation, is a decision that you make in respect to economics, not in respect to the service that you're provided.
Who should be shopping around Basically any consumer of energy and New Jersey can shop around and switch energy providers. However, it's important to note that those that use higher amounts of energy, 750 kW or more have a greater incentive to search around for a better price. How can one shop around The best way to find out the services are available in your area is to visit the website of your energy provider to get a listing of thirdparty providers in your area. Your electric company is required to carry this information on their website.
You'll need to have your most recent bill so the provider will know how much energy you typically use. This will get you an accurate estimation on the prices you can expect pay. What is the most important question for potential suppliers You need to ask suppliers about the plans that theyoffer. They should offer some of the following options. A Fixed Program A fixed program allows you to pay a set amount throughout your entire contract. A Floating Plan A floating plan bases your cost on a percentage of thewholesalecost.
Of either electricity or natural gas. This is often referred to as a variable pricing plan. A Hybrid Plan The hybrid plan is a combination of both the fixed and floating plan. During the contract you pay a fixed amount at other times you'll pay a floating amount. Other Question to Ask How long are contracts What are the penalties in getting out of a contract early What are the taxes and other fees included in your price Are there overage fees for going over the allotted amount of energy.
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