EnergyBiz Magazine Winter 2016
In This Issue
  • Digital Nexus’ Rob Strickland
     ROB STRICKLAND, a co-founder of Digital Nexus, a Las Vegas-based management consulting firm, hopes to help utilities in their transformation to today's digital realities. He's a veteran tech executive with stints as chief technical officer of Leap Wireless International Inc. and CIO of T-Mobile US Inc. and EchoStar Corp.This past fall, Strickland delivered a presentation at the Utility...
  • Utilities Tiptoeing into Live Chats
     AS A STAY-AT-HOME-MOM with five kids and her own cosmetics business, 33-year-old Hardin Valley, Tennessee, resident Emily Fowler is all about efficiency.When she needs to deal with customer service at companies like online retailer Amazon or telecom giant AT&T, she prefers to use the companies' live chat features rather than calling them up.But, like many utilities across the country,...
  • Equinix Pursues 100% Renewable Energy Goal
    EQUINIX, ONE OF THE world's largest data center operators, has joined the growing number of large corporations hoping to power their businesses with renewables alone while influencing others to do the same.The company signed a deal with solar panel maker SunEdison that will allow all of its 11 facilities in California to run exclusively on solar power. The power purchase agreement covers the...
  • Paranoia: It’ll Keep You Alive
    THE PRESIDENT OF SAP'S Platform Solutions Group, Steve Lucas, is nothing like the stereotype of a utility executive.He's engaging, entertaining and enthusiastic. It's worked out nicely for him, because, as I said, he's the president of this big, global business unit and, well, most of the rest of us are not.None of this is to suggest everything (or anything) Lucas says is gospel. But there's no...
  • Hawaii’s Renewable Plan: Is It Just a Pipe Dream?
     FEW PEOPLE DOUBT, at least publicly, that Hawaii will be able to fulfill Gov. David Ige's vision to rely entirely on renewable power generation sources by 2045.At the same time, few people know exactly how the utilities that serve the islands will accomplish that tall order, or how many millions of dollars it might cost them and their ratepayers."I think, yeah, it can be doable, but how is...
  • Scorching-hot Battle Over Solar in Florida
    BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, a battle over an effort to open Florida up to rooftop solar development could be essentially over or getting ready to really heat up.The Sunshine State is third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but only 13th in installed capacity, according to a study prepared by Navigant Research. A big reason for that is because Florida is one of just four states in which...
  • SDG&E Device Lowers Cost of Going Solar
    SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC CO. has invented a device that makes installing rooftop solar-power generation systems quicker and cheaper for many of its residential customers, especially those with older electrical systems.The subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy began making the device, which is called a renewable meter adapter, last summer."We're really, really excited about it. It's been...
  • The Uber of Solar Power?
    THE PEER-TO-PEER SHARING economy is finding its way into every industry. From Uber to Airbnb, companies are doing all they can to take advantage of crowdsourcing to create a large-scale, paying consumer base. Now, solar startup Yeloha thinks it has found a way to apply this new, social way of doing business to clean energy.Solar energy, of course, is becoming an increasingly viable way of...
  • IRS Ruling Paves Way for Expanded Communityowned Solar
     THE IRS HAS ISSUED a ruling that could broaden the already-growing community solar market, making it available to more people without space for photovoltaic panels on their rooftops.The IRS told Vermont resident Roland Marx he could claim a 30% federal residential income tax credit on his ownership of solar panel infrastructure in the 30-member Boardman Hill Solar Farm in West Rutland --...
  • Utility-scale Solar Slides to 5 Cents per kW, Record Low
     THE AVERAGE PRICE of power generated by utilityscale solar projects hit an all-time low of 5 cents per kWh last year, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Its report, "Utility-Scale Solar 2014," said the drop put the price within the range of average wholesale electricity prices across the U.S., which was 3 to 6 cents per kWh depending on the region.The price would have...