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Peak Power Developing a Second Hump Because of Computers

Michael Kanellos: October 16, 2008, 9:25 AM
Because of big screen TVs and home computers, utilities are seeing another peak power problem evolve. Traditional peak power hours -- the time during the day when power demand shoots up -- run from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, according to Andrew Tang, senior director, smart energy web, at Pacific Gas & Electric. Air conditioning begins to ramp up and people start heading for malls and home. On some unfortunate days, brownouts occur. But utilities are now seeing a second surge after the 7:00 pm drop in demand; it runs from about 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, he said. That's when people head toward the electronic entertainment devices. (See: Atomization of the American family.) "It is so much a...

SPI08, Pt. 2: BIPV Offers Reasons to be Cheerful

Eric Wesoff: October 16, 2008, 3:29 AM
Today is the last day of exhibits at Solar Power International, the United States’ largest solar show, and as mentioned previously, the place is bustling and the mood is cautiously optimistic. Here's one reason for that optimism – Suntech’s Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) business is worth more than $100 million. BIPV  was not really a category a few years ago. Today Suntech is doing big business in this emerging solar sector along with smaller firms like Lumeta and Open Energy. BIPV has been a notoriously difficult product to sell. Most people understand the value in BIPV but establishing a sales channel has proven daunting. Now Suntech and others seem to...