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Energy costs are low[iii] and based upon a mobile push alert, the customer wishes to run appliances in excess of what their DER’s can generate. I see this use case a lot, and it makes sense-- but it makes me wonder why some utilities aren't moving faster to make a modern and useful app for their customers today. You want your customer base to already have and use this...
Matt, Thanks for your comments. I believe many organizations have resisted the app primarily due to cost and driving downloads, however, enevitibility may be tied to the NextGen utility whereby customers will view the app as a dashboard to their energy environment. Combined with notifications, the app becomes a desitnation to fulfill calls to action. -Jay
Makes sense to me, Jay. When smartphones started to blow up, I wouldn't have imagined how frequently I'd use my banking apps to track financial health or use nutrition apps to track physical health etc., so who's to say utilities can tap into that next generation and make semi-regular check ins of customer energy 'health' commonplace? Exciting to think about, and...
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EVs have an effiicency of 80%. It means that for each kWh that was charged, 80% is converted into mechanical energy. Conventional gasoline or diesel vehicules have a 20% efficiency. So EVs are a lot better, and by far from an objective prospective. Now it is "only" about reducing the upfront cost of the EV. When you compare the "fuel" price for both, you will...
"So EVs are a lot better, and by far from an objective prospective [perspective]." Rafael, a reader might question whether an objective interpretation of "better" is possible. That EVs are more energy-efficient is undeniable. Yet it doesn't necessarily follow that EVs are cheaper, or that they generate fewer emissions. On a well-to-wheels basis, EVs charged by 100% coal-fired...