There is a way for energy companies to thrive in the renewable era. This Dutch company is repositioning itself as an energy service provider. They don’t sell kilowatts. They sell kws + services for consumers.
Eneco has sought to provide new services to customers — and, in doing so, to enter new sectors, like the charging of electric vehicles and the repair of solar panels.
“What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.”
For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.
Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power https://nyti.ms/2vLHK4L
This sounds like the blythe statements CEOs often make, but don’t mean about environmental concerns.
This article makes it sound like they are practicing what they preach in Vermont.
Green Mountain’s chief executive, Mary Powell, sees the program here as the best way to please customers while making the system more environmentally and physically sustainable.
As a practical matter, the less electricity the utility pulls from the regional transmission system, especially at times of peak demand, the less it has to pay in fees, producing savings it can pass on to customers. One way it does this is by remotely controlling the batteries installed through its programs, drawing upon the stored energy as needed.
Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid https://nyti.ms/2u7fk0L
Here’s what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy
Finally, some news which says renewable energy is making headway.
Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset.
Some experts say the electricity business is entering a period of turmoil beyond anything in its 130-year history, a disruption potentially as great as those that have remade the airlines, the music industry and the telephone business.
NYTimes: Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
Minnesota has it figured out.
“energy consumption is growing more slowly than Minnesota’s robust economy, and greenhouse-gas emissions have basically been level since 2000.”
“We’re going to push the utilities harder than they want to be pushed, but we want them to make money while they’re doing it,”
Energy conservation doesn’t have to come at the expense of profit. Utilities world wide could learn a lot from those in Minnesota. They’ve been cleaning up their act for years and still profiting. The key appears to be flexibility in how the utilities go about improving.
while the state oversees the utilities’ renewable energy and carbon-reduction goals, the market largely chooses how they are met.
Rest assured that the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane is full of energy.
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