Top consumer smart grid news hand-selected and brought to you by the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative.
Consumers’ expectations for their relationships with their electricity providers have evolved rapidly in recent years, driven by their daily interactions with technology companies, such as Apple, Netflix and Lyft, and the increasingly digital business models of other organizations, like banking and telecommunications companies. This is particularly true for millennials, who are now the largest generation of U.S. consumers.
AMP is pleased to announce that Jared Price has been promoted to vice president of information technology/CTO. Price joined AMP in 2011 as IT director and has since taken on roles with increasing responsibility, and has proven to be a valuable asset to AMP in both information technology and operations technology strategy.
Bidgely was recently recognized for pioneering AI disaggregation solutions for utilities with a 2018 New Energy Pioneer Award from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The company's strong global traction with more than 25 utilities in 12 countries and its innovation around the highly scalable Bidgely Platform was honored at the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit, held in New York City.
SECC released their annual “State of the Consumer” report in February this year. The report highlights how consumer expectations in the U.S. have expanded or changed since the previous report was published. In 2017, the “State of the Consumer” report identified six key themes that were indicative of the state of the smart energy consumer at the time of release.
The New York PSC recently approved a suite of measures to advance the state's Reforming the Energy Vision, including new time-based rates for a 12,000-customer smart energy community upstate and changes that could bring additional energy storage onto the distribution grid. NYSEG's new time-differentiated electric rate options in its Tompkins County smart energy community project will include a range of on-peak and off-peak time periods designed to send strong price signals.
The global solar PV market will add over 100 gigawatts of capacity for the first time in 2018 — and there is no looking back. According to the latest “Global Solar Demand Monitor” from GTM Research, installations will reach 104 gigawatts this year, representing six-percent annual growth. After that, annual installations will easily exceed the 100-gigawatt milestone through at least 2022.
We talk a lot about customers these days in the utilities industry: what they want, what they need, what they’ll choose, what they’ll run from, what they’ll like six months from now, what they’ll expect from their utility tomorrow. Jim Curtain, a partner with PwC, and Jeff Conklin with J.D. Power sat down with industry insiders at Oracle Industry Connect to reveal what they know about those utility customer desires.
The U.S. still leads the global market for energy storage, but China is catching up quickly, according to a new report from GTM Research. The U.S. had the lead in terms of energy capacity, with deployments totaling 431 MWh, while Australia had the lead in terms of power capacity, with 246 MW of deployments in 2017. Global totals for both measures in 2017 were 2.3 GWh and 1.4 GW, respectively.