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Ten Half-Decent Free Energy Apps

We all love an app but are there any good energy apps? In truth, not many. There are some very good energy news and commodity price apps from the likes of Platts, Argus etc., but they require (expensive) subscriptions. Here, in no particular order, is a list of ten energy apps available from Apple’s App … Continue reading

Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?

Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. This article was first published in November/December issue of Intelligent Utility magazine. In Germany, where renewable energy accounts for around one-quarter of national power output, the big power generation utilities like RWE, … Continue reading

ESA: Now let’s not get carried away

Despite the enormous hype at the annual US Energy Storage Association conference in Washington, D.C., there are too many outstanding issues to be truly ready for prime time, finds the Editor. This article was first published in the Summer 2014 issue of Batteries & Energy Storage Technology.   The first commandment of dealing drugs is … Continue reading

Utility customer psychology is bad for you

This article was first published in the March/April 2014 edition of Intelligent Utility magazine You may think Europeans are more sophisticated than you Americans, meeting our beautiful partners with cheese-slicer cheekbones to sip cappuccinos in an elegant cafe before jumping on a Vespa back to our Georgian townhouses. Well, it turns out that when it … Continue reading