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Pamela Zuppo

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A Utility Business Model That Embraces Efficiency and Solar Without Sacrificing Revenue?

A few weeks ago the city council in Fort Collins, Colorado, unanimously voted to accelerate the city’s climate action goals to achieve an 80-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The municipally owned Fort Collins Utilities understood the community’s desire for such aggressive action, which will be critical to the success of the effort, and has taken steps to better understand the utility’s role helping the community meet its energy transformation goals. One of those steps was working with RMI. 

At first glance it may seem as though the utility's revenue is doomed to plummet—among other elements, the city's approach calls for a rapid scale-up of distributed renewables and building efficiency—but an exciting innovation suggests otherwise: the integrated utility services (IUS) model.

The IUS utility business model that RMI developed for Fort Collins Utilities: a) deploys energy efficiency and rooftop solar as default options for residential and small commercial customers, b) does so with on-bill financing and other mechanisms to ensure no increase in customers' monthly utility bills, and c) preserves utility revenue. This sounds like an unlikely, too-good-to-be-true combination, but our analysis shows that both municipally-owned utilities like Fort Collins Utilities and other member- or independently-owned utilities alike can achieve very real success.

Given the large changes the utility and its customers would have to make, Fort Collins Utilities approached us with a second set of questions that we think utilities of all stripes should consider:
• How can a utility help most of its customers participate in the energy transition (by investing in efficiency, distributed solar, or other opportunities)?

• How can a utility roll out these new services without disrupting or destroying its own revenue?

RMI, with the support of an e-Lab working group, the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, and Fort Collins Utilities, set out to answer these questions through the design of a new utility business model. The result became the IUS business model.

This business model would help customers access a broader range of energy services—including efficiency improvements, distributed renewables, transport and heat system electrification, and demand response—in one comprehensive package, with monthly payments on the electricity bill. This integrated utility services model—the IUS model—could, if designed correctly, align a utility's interest in its financial health with the interests of customers who want to invest in efficiency and distributed solar, and make these investments appealing to a wider range of customers.

Key program features would include:
• A package of basic efficiency and distributed solar offerings that, when financed on a customer’s bill, do not increase monthly costs

• An integrated intake and service-delivery experience for customers

• A platform that allows for new services to be offered over time (and for innovative partners to participate in such offerings)

• An on-bill financing program that would leverage diverse sources of capital

Here’s how the program we developed could work. The utility would contact customers to notify them of the new program and the options available for their home energy goals. An experienced third-party provider would contact customers and walk them through a set of choices for a bundle of services customized to their home.

Contractors would then conduct audits and install measures in one fell swoop, keeping installation and procurement costs low. With high customer adoption and bundling offering a sort of “mass customization,” the utility could likely achieve economies of scale that would lower costs even further. Billing, quality control, monitoring and verification, and reporting would continue to be managed by the utility to ensure program success. Customer bills would reflect energy cost savings netted against service charges for the improvement measures. As the program delivered results, customers could consider upgrading for additional services such as new windows or a new refrigerator.

THE BOTTOM LINE
Our initial analysis shows customers could reduce their bills by roughly five percent when participating in the program’s basic, bill-neutral package. Since the customers' service charges, like power purchase agreements, need not escalate as fast as utility pricing (or at all), these savings could rise substantially over time, to as much as a 25-percent bill reduction by 2030.

Meanwhile, utility income could increase, as these services, many of which continue to experience technology-driven cost reductions, are likely to be more profitable than traditional sales of electricity. There is also room to sell new services (just as some utilities are now offering high-speed Internet).

THE WAY FORWARD
Utilities have an incredible opportunity in the IUS model and related approaches to leverage their direct access to energy customers and provide them with the very products that are traditionally viewed as a threat. While it will require establishing more nuanced billing and banking systems, among other capabilities, these challenges are not insurmountable. In fact, in many ways that is exactly what competitors such as SolarCity do well. Utilities have predominantly viewed their energy-services departments as money pits, administering cumbersome efficiency and rebate programs.

But perhaps it’s time to circle back and take a fresh look at the activities and services these departments know so well. After all, those services could be utilities’ biggest hope for the future.
Our analysis shows that both municipally-owned utilities like Fort Collins Utilities and other member- or independently-owned utilities alike can achieve very real success while embracing efficiency and solar.
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Scientists now have a clearer picture about how a key process in plants – redox – changes with light. This information will help determine conditions photosynthetic bacteria (cyanobacteria) need to thrive in industrial settings, such as biofuel refineries. Read more at https://www.pnnl.gov/science/highlights/highlight.asp?id=3937.
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What is the real message behind the Solar Impulse round-the-world flight? 

The Solar Impulse project attempts the First Round-The-World Solar Flight. Behind the aeronautic record lies a very powerful message Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg want to share with the world. Existing clean technologies and pioneering spirit can change the world.

#solarimpulse   #solarimpulse2   #solarenergy   #solarpower  

http://www.pvbuzz.com/flight-around-the-world-aboard-the-solar-impulse-2/
Take a flight around the world aboard the Solar Impulse 2. The Solar Impulse project attempts the First Round-The-World Solar Flight. Behind the aeronautic record lies a very powerful message Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg want to share with the world. Existing clean technologies and ...
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Researchers enable solar cells to use more sunlight

Scientists at the University of Luxembourg and the Japanese electronics company TDK report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a higher current.

#solarcellefficiency   #solarenergy   #solarenergyefficiency  

http://www.pvbuzz.com/important-milestone-scientists-create-a-component-that-will-increase-solar-cell-efficiency/
Scientists of the University of Luxembourg and of the Japanese electronics company TDK report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a higher current. The improvement concerns a conductive oxide ...
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Florian Kogel

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Interesting idea - a miniature scale hydropower plant to charge mobile devices etc. Not quite sure what the target group is, though: Hikers taking a rest at a wild mountain river? Looks more like a gadget to me.
Blue Freedom LLC is raising funds for Blue Freedom | The World's Smallest Hydropower Plant on Kickstarter! Utilizing the power of flowing water, Blue Freedom produces portable energy to charge all your electric devices.
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An Australian-first floating solar power plant is about to begin construction in South Australia.
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excellent…love it...
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http://bit.ly/1CRwAJl - After 30 years living in the dark and with the help of Greenpeace India, Dharnai has became the first Indian village powered entirely by solar energy.
After 30 years living in the dark, a village in India has flipped a switch to turn on the lights. This is the story of Dharnai, the first Indian village powered entirely by solar energy.
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Great story - hopefully this will become a role model. Do you know how the solar power is stored to make use of it by night?
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#‎GO #SOLAR‬ in 2015 . One time investment,chose solar & buy solar.

Now visit: http://envisolarenergy.com/
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very beautiful, nice photo..magnetic angle..lovely..
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Jason Hurtado Daniels
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Let me know when this can be used to power a home or a neighborhood microgrid...
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A Corvallis company of interest: #CleanTechOpen company by a friend of mine, Paul Ahrens
http://t.co/P4YxFMZEQj @MoreSunARC
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thanks for innovation…excellent web…love it...
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Pamela Zuppo

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The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year.

“The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” ICE announced in a press release in Spanish this week.

This reliance on renewables has prompted the country to lower electricity rates by 12 percent. ICE predicts that rates will continue to drop for Costa Rican customers in the second quarter of the year.
Costa Rica hasn't had to use fossil fuels for its energy once this year, the state-owned utility announced this week.
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A Harvard team showed that flow batteries can work with quinones (small organic carbon-based molecules found in crude oil and green plants) instead of metal electrocatalysts, making flow batteries far less expensive. (Flow batteries are useful to buffer power harvested from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.)
Harvard technology could economically store energy for use when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine
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As I was planning out my retirement "cabin" in N MN, I ran into the exact problem this breakthrough solves.  Now, hopefully they can get to a consumer available device in the three years they are targeting.  Thanks!
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Community Solar Power

Thanks +Laston Kirkland 
community solar power. Fill an empty lot with panels, feed it to the grid, and your neighbors share a contract to have that power reduce your electric… - Laston Kirkland - Google+
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Can supersonic electrons produce solar fuel?

Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons’ rapid transit through a light-converting molecule.

The ultimate aim of the present study is to find a way to make fuel from water using sunlight. This is what photosynthesis does all the time – plants convert #water and #carbondioxide to #energy rich molecules using #sunlight.

http://www.pvbuzz.com/artificial-process-for-producing-solar-fuel-now-closer-than-ever/
Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light-converting molecule. The ultimate aim of the present study is to ...
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EnviSolar, LLC

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Mind-Blowing Solar Energy Facts:-

1. The sun is a direct source of energy. we can convert that solar energy into electricity.
2. All solar lights are “‪wireless‬”. They are not “hooked up” to external sources of power.
3. Solar lights produce no ‪pollution‬ and cause no harmful environmental effects.
4. Solar lighting is sometimes preferred for applications where the need is temporary (fairs, mining sites, Olympics, introduction of real estate developments, etc.).
5. Solar lights are immune to black outs.
6. Solar lights work at night.
7. Solar lights work even after cloudy days. During daylight, even when overcast, the solar panels’ “solar generators” charge long-life batteries, which store the energy until needed, up to 5 days for Sol systems.
8. Once installed, the energy is...FREE.
Get more details here: http://www.envisolarenergy.com/
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YTEngineer

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These engines have a higher solar conversion efficiency than photovoltaic cells and would be ideal for geothermal power.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czVQVCIi7CU
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Holger Alexi

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Light-Recycler.
The glow you see is from stored daylight.
Core competence: orientation in home at night, in every room, without cable and without electricity.
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nano power

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Remember this product is Non Hazardous, Non Poisonous, Non Environmental effect, Non Cancer causing, Non Flammability, Non Fish-toxicity and reveres the carbon footprint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR-qMmKI9aM
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You still have not given any information about how this product is supposed to work or a publication that would describe the mechanisms of how it could work.  Did the findings of Dr Mcirvin get published anywhere? I am not an indoor air specialist, but I do not need to be when asking for scientific verifyability of the claims you make.  It is not me who makes rather extraordinary claims, so the burden to provide evidence is on you, if you would actually want to provide evidence for your claims. Note that I am not saying that your product does not work either - I am just saying that you have not provided any information about how it could possibly work so far.
Alternately you can just go on and call anyone who wants a bit more information about your claims a "FOOL" or "know it all". It is up to you really.
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Deep Cycle Batteries for Small-Scale Solar & Wind
I started out with used car batteries. Now there is two deep cycle (marine) batteries and 6 car batteries. After I get the taxes back the car batteries will get taken out of the equation. I have just hooked up the batteries for a 48 volt system. The grid tie inverter said 20-50 volts. After …
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The folks with the most knowledge about 'deep cycle' are sub-mariners, and the US Navy. 
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