Commercial and industrial customers pushing for resilience, reliability, and sustainability from utilities

Emily Holbrook writes on the Environmental Leader website about a new report about what commercial and industrial customers are expecting from its utility providers. When it comes to electricity, they are expecting more renewables. Are these your findings from your experience?   Report: Utilities Must Commit to Renewable Energy or Industrial Clients May Turn to … Continue reading Commercial and industrial customers pushing for resilience, reliability, and sustainability from utilities

South Korea has a big challenge in its low carbon energy transition

M. Kang writes on the Korea Bizwire website about the concern there is in South Korea about the country’s poor ranking for improving energy efficiency. The KEPCO Management Research Institute recently reported that the nation ranked 33rd out of 35 OECD states. It will be interesting to follow how the country changes its ways.   … Continue reading South Korea has a big challenge in its low carbon energy transition

Thailand’s energy transition plans raise concerns

Pratch Rujivanarom writes on The Nation website about concerns raised by Greenpeace about the impact of Thailand’s Power Development Plans.   Power plan ‘a setback for sustainable energy’ Environmental watchdog Greenpeace has called Thailand’s Power Development Plan 2018 (PDP) “sugar-coated” despite its embrace of more renewable energy, saying it still hinders efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas … Continue reading Thailand’s energy transition plans raise concerns

Electric co-ops in the USA offering low-interest loans to members so they can afford energy-efficiency improvements

The US has a large number of electric co-ops and it is encouraging to see that they are offering low-interest loans to its members.  Miles Hadfield explains on the Co-operative News website.   US electric co-ops use low-interest loans to power efficiency savings Electric co-ops in the USA are offering low-interest loans to members, which … Continue reading Electric co-ops in the USA offering low-interest loans to members so they can afford energy-efficiency improvements

Edinburgh company says it will transform the way electricity is delivered

There are concerns about the quality of delivered electricity as companies do everything to reduce carbon emissions.  Kenneth Macdonald writes on the BBC news website about a new approach to improve the quality of delivered electricity.   Turning down the volume: Tackling the problem of 'noisy' electricity The drive to reduce our carbon emissions has … Continue reading Edinburgh company says it will transform the way electricity is delivered

Coping with the public’s desire for 100% renewable energy

The energy transition brings up interesting dilemmas. As David Roberts writes in his article on the Vox website “Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. It’s cleaner, it’s high-tech, … Continue reading Coping with the public’s desire for 100% renewable energy

Energy transition provides some shock therapy to traditional firms

Once a process is set in motion, it is hard to know how the pieces will fit together.  The low-carbon energy transition is certainly having an impact and there is definitely now known as business as usual.  Antony Froggatt, Associate Member, Energy Policy Group, at the University of Exeter and a Senior Research Fellow at … Continue reading Energy transition provides some shock therapy to traditional firms

Utility in California sets up programme to offer software-controlled batteries to commercial and industrial businesses

It is always encouraging to read how energy storage systems are being deployed in various countries.  Hannah Beausang writes in The Press Democrat about a partnership between a public electricity provider and the California-based private company, Stem, a leader in smart energy storage networks, offering commercial and industrial businesses smart batteries that provide power during … Continue reading Utility in California sets up programme to offer software-controlled batteries to commercial and industrial businesses

Explaining why South Africa’s state owned energy utility should be generating more from renewables

The low-carbon energy transition is not simple. South Africa’s state-owned energy company, Eskom, has largely encouraged the development of coal and nuclear power. Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics at the University of Johannesburg, provides good arguments why Eskom should be moving more in the direction of renewables in an article on The Conversation website.   … Continue reading Explaining why South Africa’s state owned energy utility should be generating more from renewables

Scottish Government sets out the options for a publicly owned energy company

Governments are taking different actions to address fuel poverty. A new state-owned energy company could help boost the Scottish economy and alleviate fuel poverty, new analysis shows. An article written by the Energy Reporter on the Energy Voice website explains.   Scottish state-owned energy company benefits set out in new report A report drawn up … Continue reading Scottish Government sets out the options for a publicly owned energy company