The United States will detonate the smart electric energy revolution.
Cargill, an American food producer, is vigorously reducing the cost of electricity. The electricity cost of a factory of the company that processes about 50000 turkeys a day is more than $2million a year, but Cargill believes that it can save $680000 a year by generating electricity by itself during peak power consumption
the secret weapon behind this cost saving plan is the so-called "smart electricity". Government entities and power suppliers are in the initial stage of a costly upgrading project, which will transform the existing electricity into a two-way network, so that power and information can realize two-way flow between suppliers and users. The transformed smart electricity will save electricity charges, reduce power consumption, improve users' choice of the types of energy used, and even enable users to produce electricity by themselves and sell it back to power suppliers
the electricpowerresearchinstitute, a non-profit research and design organization, predicts that the creation of smart electricity will cost $165billion and take 20 years. In addition to Cisco ciscosystems, other technology companies that are developing smart electronics software and hardware include IBM, Oracle, Google and Siemens
this electrical upgrade is quite similar to the calculator revolution in which personal computers replaced mainframes in the 1980s. The existing electricity in the United States can distribute electricity, but its ability to collect information from end users is limited. Therefore, it is necessary to check the user's electricity meter information on a monthly basis. Now power suppliers are replacing old-fashioned meters with so-called smart meters, which can promote two-way flow between utility companies and users. To a large extent, in the same way that personal computers open their doors to third-party software and services and Internet use, smart meters clear the way for devices and services that enhance the sensitivity of electricity to changes in energy demand
Cargill is relying on smart electricity technology to reduce electricity costs. Many power suppliers set tariffs for industrial users based on peak consumption patterns. Therefore, Cargill generates electricity by itself to maintain the above plant operation for peak shaving during the hottest summer weather, rather than using the power of power supplier powersecure. Sidneyhinton, CEO of powersecure, said that in the future, Cargill can choose to produce its own electricity more frequently and resell it to power suppliers when the electricity price is high. Although Cargill's power providers currently do not purchase energy produced by users, other power suppliers, including California PG e, have begun to purchase solar energy produced by users in factory areas and residential roofs
matthewtrevithick, a partner of venture capital firm Venrock, said that another advantage of smart electricity is that users can quickly get more choices in determining the nature of the electricity they buy, and can more easily choose renewable energy such as solar and wind energy. For example, Coca Cola and other companies that are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint can specify the proportion of renewable energy they buy
but who will pay for the smart electricity upgrade is a problem. Americanrecovery reinvestmentact has allocated $4.5 billion in loan grants through the U.S. Department of energy to improve the safety and reliability of smart electricity to meet the growing demand
then, where does the cost come from to understand the functional characteristics of these machines? Usually, the cost of public facilities improvement will be passed on to users. But before that, utility companies need approval from state regulators. Davidleeds, an analyst at greentechmedia who focuses on smart electricity, said, "some states will veto it first because of different electricity costs.". He said, for example, the cost of electricity per kilowatt hour in California is 15 cents, while in Georgia it is only about 5 cents
power suppliers in California are at the forefront of installing smart meters. According to a report by greentechmedia, PG E in Northern California is in the leading position, spending US $2.2 billion to install and draw corresponding animation curves and simulate 540 smart meters in kind. Southerncaliforniaedison ranked third, spending $1.63 billion to install 4.8 million smart meters
power suppliers will also benefit from smart electricity technology, especially during peak demand periods. When the power demand exceeds its supply, the power supplier must find additional power or may face power cut-off. Some power suppliers are also forced to buy expensive electricity from natural gas power plants. In addition, power suppliers can purchase electricity from the spot market on demand. But the problem is that no matter how rapidly the cost of electricity supply rises, the rate of electricity is fixed. Therefore, in these cases, power suppliers may record losses in hot weather, even if consumers' electricity consumption increases
many power suppliers encourage consumers to voluntarily join the energy-saving army. For example, southerncaliforniaedison has been encouraging users to reduce the load of electricity during peak power consumption from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for decades. Although the energy-saving plan helps to reduce electricity consumption, the company's revenue will be greater as smart meters are installed in succession
as the power consumption information is further provided to residents or enterprises, users will be able to see the power consumption of bulbs, air conditioners and electrical appliances they use. Jeffreytaft, chief architect of Accenture global smart power, said, "this idea is that the cost of electricity is high during peak demand, so if you convey these pricing signals to people, they will choose to use electricity during non peak hours.". Smart electricity also enables power suppliers to switch off and limit electricity during peak periods. When power suppliers cut power at important times of the day, users may receive some form of discount
facts have proved that "apple" not only did not fall from the tree, but grew bigger and redder as it grew. After Apple announced its fourth quarter results today (Monday), the major media and analysts praised it, and investors took practical actions to push Apple's share price to a record high in after hours trading. In fact, Apple's latest financial results and stock price performance also surprised us. In the "wise man billboard" column, we predicted that Apple's fourth fiscal quarter (July to September this year) would continue its fine tradition of earnings per share beating the company's own expectations and Wall Street expectations, but we didn't expect the proportion to exceed expectations to be so high. In addition, the "practical classroom" column also pointed out on October 6 that if Apple's share price wants to set a new record of $202.96 set in December 2007, it needs to cross the threshold of $190 first. In today's regular trading session, Apple also closed at $189.86, shaking around the $190 range for the tenth consecutive trading day. However, buying finally broke out in the delayed trading, pushing Apple's share price to as high as $204.85, which paved the way for tomorrow's market
Apple said in the draft that its revenue was $9.87 billion, compared with $7.9 billion in the same period last year; Earnings per share were $1.82, up from $1.26 in the same period last year. The company sold more than 3million Macintosh computers and 7.4 million iPhones in the last quarter, higher than any previous quarter. Against the background that the global economy has not yet completely shaken off the shadow of recession, it is really incredible that apple can achieve such a result. Interestingly, Apple's management's forecast for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 is relatively conservative, with revenue ranging from $11.3 billion to $11.6 billion, which is basically consistent with analysts' average expectation of $11.45 billion; Earnings per share will range from $1.70 to $1.78, significantly lower than analysts' average expectation of $1.91 per share. However, considering Apple's long-standing habit of cautiously predicting performance, this is not surprising
BusinessWeek wrote that Apple continued the strong earnings performance of the technology industry giants. In the past week 3 Whether the electronic extensometer is calibrated correctly, Intel and Google have also released encouraging financial data. Intel CEO ellini even said that the technology industry is leading the overall economic recovery. In addition, IBM's financial report also tentatively said, "the Chongqing project is not the ultimate goal, which sends a signal that enterprises gradually resume technology spending."