You can do a lot of things with advanced meters. Even catch a college kid trying to game the system.
In and around Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is king. It’s the largest employer in the area, drives sustainable research and agricultural breakthroughs, and – with a $65 million annual energy bill – has a keen interest in keeping down costs.
In 2010, the university launched its “Think Big, Live Green” initiative, an umbrella branding for a series of sustainability projects, outreach campaigns and investments. And among the campus’ many assets, all of its buildings have smart meters. The project has a long-term goal to reduce campus electric use by 1% each year, equivalent to 7.2 MWh and $650,000 per year.
Where does the lithium-ion battery industry — and most notably, Tesla/Panasonic — stand today on battery costs?
Solar veterans will recall a time not so long ago when the industry’s biggest dream was a PV module with a cost of 99 cents per watt. Obviously, the solar industry has long left that figure in the dust — module costs of 40 cents per watt are a reality in today’s market.
In fact, the 99-cent figure was more a VC-funding, press-ready construct than a real economic calculation.
Originally published on the ECOreport. 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.“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 invest more than €1 billion to expand our networks in Germany,” said Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland.32 GW of the 96 GW of installed renewables capacity subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Law were connected to E.ON by the end of 2015.