As solar power—both giant farms and small rooftop installations—enjoys tremendous growth across the U.S., there’s been pushback from big utility companies. They’ve campaigned to end net metering, in which solar panel owners can return unneeded power they’ve generated to the grid for credit, and to add fees to their bills, calling homeowners and small businesses […]Read more "Solar Energy: Grid vs Battery Storage"
The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers’ ability to store energy harvested by home solar arrays for later use could be a threat to their business model. Given that, they’re probably not going to like this latest development in energy-storage economics. Consumers with home […]Read more "Battery Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?"
The week of Thanksgiving in the United States is traditional a time to recount the things for which we should give thanks. From the standpoint of the world economy certainly close to the top of the thanks list this year should be the price of crude oil, which closed last Wednesday at $43.04 per barrel, down from a […]Read more "Thankful?"