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Jul 1, 2013

Column: Are consumers ready to be empowered by smart power meters?

LONDON (Reuters) – Used right, the new generation of smart power meters could cut peak electricity consumption by up to 20 percent, avoiding the need to construct 2,000 new power plants across the United States.

Installing them, however, is the easy part. The industry faces years of battling to convince consumers to use them to change the way they use electricity. And that comes down to a question of behavior, choice and politics – not technology.

Jul 1, 2013

Are consumers ready to be empowered by smart power meters? John Kemp

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Used right, the new generation of
smart power meters could cut peak electricity consumption by up
to 20 percent, avoiding the need to construct 2,000 new power
plants across the United States.

Installing them, however, is the easy part. The industry
faces years of battling to convince consumers to use them to
change the way they use electricity. And that comes down to a
question fo behaviour, choice and politics – not technology.

Jun 28, 2013

British power supply faces close-run thing in 2015: Kemp

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – For a few hours in the dark,
cold winter evenings between October 2015 and March 2016,
Britain’s National Grid may come uncomfortably close to being
forced to disconnect some electricity customers as demand
exceeds supply.

Before resorting to disconnections, the grid operator and
the power utilities will do everything possible to keep the
lights on – reducing customer voltages, ordering generators to
run flat out and introducing emergency restrictions on
electricity exports to France and Ireland.

Jun 28, 2013

British power supply faces close-run thing in 2015: Kemp

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – For a few hours in the dark,
cold winter evenings between October 2015 and March 2016,
Britain’s National Grid may come uncomfortably close to being
forced to disconnect some electricity customers as demand
exceeds supply.

Before resorting to disconnections, the grid operator and
the power utilities will do everything possible to keep the
lights on – reducing customer voltages, ordering generators to
run flat out and introducing emergency restrictions on
electricity exports to France and Ireland.

Jun 27, 2013

Shale boom will not stop with the US: Kemp

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – The success of the shale
revolution will be slow to replicate outside the United States
because of limited access to drilling equipment and skilled
personnel, according to influential oil analyst Leonardo
Maugeri.

Maugeri has produced a thoughtful assessment of the U.S. oil
industry. But he is too pessimistic about the potential for
shale production in the rest of the world and its role in
restraining medium-term and long-term oil prices.

Jun 26, 2013

Shale, the unfinished revolution: John Kemp

GENEVA, June 26 (Reuters) – Shale has revolutionised oil and
gas supply and the global political balance in less than five
years, transforming the narrative from one about “peak energy”
into a story about managing abundance.

The revolution stems from the application of two mature
technologies (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) in a
new context to unlock oil and gas from well known rock
formations that were previously impossible to tap because of
their low permeability.

Jun 24, 2013

Breathing new life into climate policy: Kemp

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Shale has killed climate policy.
Now the International Energy Agency is trying to bring it back
to life.

Following the shale revolution, policymakers can no longer
count on peaking oil and gas supplies and soaring fuel prices to
save the world from potentially catastrophic climate change.

Jun 20, 2013

Overcoming objections to smart electricity tariffs: Kemp

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) – By the end of 2015, more than 70
million smart electricity meters will have been installed across
the United States.

Britain, Australia and other countries have also embraced
the concept of a smart grid, with smart metering at its core,
though the rollout of the actual meters is further behind.

Jun 18, 2013

Shale hampers diesel maximisation: John Kemp

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. refiners’ efforts to boost
output of diesel and other middle distillates, now the most
profitable products from oil refining, are being complicated by
soaring production of shale crudes.

In 2012 distillate fuel oil accounted for a record 29
percent of output from U.S. refineries, up from less than 22
percent in 1993.

Jun 17, 2013

U.S. shale forces adjustment in Saudi oil prices: Kemp

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – Even without a relaxation of the
ban on U.S. crude oil exports, the ripples of the shale
revolution have already reached Asia.

Nowhere is that more obvious than in changes it has forced
in the official selling prices Saudi Arabia charges to its
customers.

    • About John

      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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