Utilities are beginning to see the potential in offering customers solar PV and other related services, writes Jonathan Spencer Jones, content analyst at Engerati.US energy company Duke Energy Renewables is a good example.
Duke Energy is partnering with REC Solar and energy management company Phoenix ET to offer commercial customers – initially in southern California and Hawaii – an integrated energy savings platform including storage and energy management software.
Innovative financing options are also being made available, enhancing what is already a compelling package, given the savings potential. [Duke Energy Renewables Targets Commercial Customer’s Energy Expectations]
Scaling energy efficiency
In other news, one of the biggest barriers to scaling energy efficiency is the lack of data in the market but this is now changing with a growing number of new consumer facing platforms.
Among these is the Energy2Consumer (E2C) platform in Belgium from which consumers can access home energy efficiency information, Silicon Valley startup Enervee’s appliance energy efficiency comparison site, and most recently Metry’s “community for energy” that matches energy statistics to services and products that help to lower energy usage. [Creating An Energy Efficient Society Through Shared Data]
However, without an open energy data policy, the full value of such platforms won’t be realized.
Geothermal – next big thing in renewable energy?
Geothermal is something of a dark horse when it comes to renewable power generation.
This is due largely to its limited availability, which is primarily in the vicinity of tectonic plate boundaries. It also has high upfront costs for exploration and drilling.
Now a new global alliance has been launched by 38 countries and over 20 development and industry partners to facilitate significantly increased use of geothermal energy for power generation and heating. [Push For Geothermal]
In a guest editorial John Peters, MD of Engage Consulting, presents 10 strategies that UK suppliers should adopt for the transition to the hourly settlement for their commercial customers. [10 Strategies To Ensure Readiness For P272]
Some of these pertain specifically to the UK regulatory code but others, such as the introduction of time of use and demand side products and customer engagement programmes, have more general application.