Kites aren’t just for kids anymore. Just ask Makani Power, which is developing a smart energy kite that can generate up to 50 percent more electricity than a conventional wind turbine.The company has been part of Google X since 2013, working to come up with a new, more efficient way to transform wind into energy.To do that, Makani has built a craft that actually looks more like a drone but is tethered to the ground like a kite. It has four main components: the kite, the tether, a ground station, and a computer.
More information so you can control and stabilize your electric bills. Faster restoration of power outages. More cost-efficient production and delivery of electricity to our homes, schools and businesses. More renewable energy. This is what Maui Electric Co. is proposing through our smart grid project that will upgrade and further modernize the existing electrical systems on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.To help address the misleading May 10 Viewpoint, a smart grid computerizes the electrical system through a protected, private wireless communication network – not the open internet – and safe smart meters.
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has entered into a contract for a new 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage facility that will be capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to four hours, as well as a separate contract for 18.5 MW of energy efficiency projects with the goal of launching measures to help customers’ reduce energy usage in local buildings related to heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting, and other commercial features.
ecobee Inc., maker of the first Wi-Fi-smart thermostat, is teaming up with SunPower, one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, to help homeowners in California and New York take greater control of their electricity costs. Participating consumers can receive clean, solar electricity from SunPower at prices competitive with traditional sources, while ensuring that energy is efficiently used in the home with ecobee’s smart thermostat. As part of the pilot program, SunPower is offering ecobee owners a $500 mail-in rebate with the installation of a high efficiency SunPower solar energy system.
No other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads the way to Germany’s Green Grid. E.ON Leads Germany’s Renewable Grid “Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we i
You’ve heard the expression “you’re only as smart as the company you keep,” well the same could be said for the solar panels you put on your roof.When their job was simply to generate electricity for your home – or to send it to the grid, if your home had no use for the electricity – they didn’t need to be terribly clever. But with battery storage becoming an affordable – and economically sensible – option for more and more solar households, it becomes more complicated.
As installation costs continue to decline and retail electricity rates climb, residential solar economics have become increasingly more attractive across the United States. In fact, according to GTM Research, 20 U.S. states are currently at grid parity, and 42 states are expected to reach that milestone by 2020 under business-as-usual conditions.Residential solar reaches grid parity when the levelized cost of solar energy falls below gross electricity bill savings in the first year of a solar PV system’s life. While traditional grid parity analyses rely on average retail electricity rates to calculate customer savings, GTM Research used utility and state-specific rate design, system production and installation costs to more accurately gauge solar’s attractiveness.
In a surprising 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a controversial energy conservation rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that regulates interstate electricity sales.The rule was one of those arcane pieces of federal policy so complex that even attorneys arguing for and against had difficulty explaining it. Yet this particular decision by the court is one of the most important in the energy world for many years – not because it upheld a particular FERC rule but because the decision seems to tip the balance of power on electricity policy toward the federal government and away from the states.
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling (Justices Thomas and Scalia dissenting, Alito abstaining) firmly establishes an economic equivalency between actions that take place on the customer side of the meter with those that take place in wholesale electric markets. Which means that suppliers of demand response, energy efficiency and different types of electric storage can feel much more confident in their economic future.
Let’s be honest, nobody exactly loves their electricity supplier. The service is impersonal, prices skew high and estimated billing is an antiquated practice in an age when we’re producing vast amounts of data. Sure, energy companies have done much to earn their bad reputations, but it’s also true that the system they’re dealing with has not evolved in principle since London’s Edison Electric Light Station first whirred into action in 1882: power gets pumped from a central point to a large number of users, with delayed feedback about how much is being used or when. It’s expensive, it’s inefficient and it’s fragile.