Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

MEI recommends reading this report from Berkeley labs. The abstract reads: This work provides insights for the two main sources of bill savings for residential and commercial customers – demand charge reductions and arbitrage of energy charges – considering a range of customer profiles and retail rate designs. Storage can reduce monthly demand charges, which are dependent on the customer’s billing demand in kW rather than the amount of energy they consume in kWh, by charging during times of low energy consumption and discharging during peak consumption hours, thereby reducing peak power consumption from the grid. Storage can also reduce electricity bills by charging the storage during low-priced hours and discharging during high-priced hours, taking advantage of price-differentials of time-varying rates. This study considers a variety of demand charge designs and rates that allow for energy arbitrage.


GTM Interchange Podcast: Inside the Koch Industrial Empire and Political Machine

Last month, industrial tycoon David Koch passed away. And it suddenly got everyone talking about the Koch brothers again. 

It got us thinking about them too — not just their role in politics, but about the company they built. Koch Industries is one of the most influential energy and industrial firms in the world, but very few people know anything about the company. The way the Kochs have stealthily built their industrial empire tells us a lot about their approach to conservative politics. 

This week, we have an interview with Christopher Leonard, author of a new book, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America.

With David and Charles Koch back in the public spotlight, we’re talking with Christopher about their business practices, libertarian philosophies, and influence on politics.

Sustainable Energy in America Factbook from BloombergNEF and BCSE

The 2019 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by BloombergNEF, provides up-to-date, accurate market information on the U.S. energy landscape. It includes an in-depth look at the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy sectors, and covers emerging technology areas such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage; sustainable transportation; and energy storage.

Solar Lendscape from kWh Analytics

The Solar Lendscape catalogs the solar industry’s most active lenders, including their check sizes, target market segments, and product type. This list will be updated regularly. If you have a solar project in need of financing, we are happy to make an introduction to any of these lenders, free of charge. Just send us an email with a detailed description of your project. Contact lendscape@kwhanalytics.comwith questions or comments.

Tim Ferriss Podcast with Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch

“When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.”
— Charles Koch, quoting Frédéric Bastiat

This episode will no doubt surprise people, and my guest came to me through channels I wouldn’t have expected.

Charles Koch received a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and two master’s degrees, in nuclear and chemical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

He is chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries Inc., a position he has held since 1967. He is renowned for growing Koch Industries from a company worth $21 million in the early 1960s to one with revenues estimated as high as $110 billion by Forbes. It’s one of the largest privately held companies in the world, and by revenue, it’s larger than both Boeing and Disney. He has transformed the business into a diverse group of companies that employ nearly 130,000 people—making everything from Dixie cups to components in your cell phone. 

Charles credits the success of Koch Industries to applying proven principles of social and scientific progress, which led to the development and implementation of his Market-Based Management® (MBM®) business philosophy. He describes MBM and its applications in two of his books, The Science of Success and Good Profit.

Charles is now using those principles in philanthropy, as the founder of Stand Together, to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the U.S. Stand Together is partnering with thousands of social entrepreneurs to help them improve their effectiveness and scale at tackling poverty, improving K-12 education, bringing justice to our criminal justice system, and more.

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastCastboxStitcher, or on your favorite podcast platform.