Half-time: Arsenal 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR reached the interval on level terms after managing to frustrate Arsenal in the London derby at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners went close to scoring when Aaron Ramsey’s looping header from Bacary Sagna’s right-wing cross hit the top of the bar.Rangers survived another scare after Jack Wilshere’s long-range shot was fumbled by keeper Julio Cesar, who later looked much more comfortable while keeping out an effort from Olivier Giroud.With captain Ji-sung Park having failed a fitness test on a knee problem, R’s boss Mark Hughes restored Shaun Wright-Phillips to the starting line-up.QPR (4-4-1-1): Cesar; Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt; Hoilett, Zamora. Subs: Ferdinand, Cisse, Mackie, Mackie, Onuoha, Ephraim, Faurlin.Click here for the Arsenal v QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0

first_imgA quickfire double from Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba put Chelsea in command at the break at Stamford Bridge.Tottenham were by far the brighter of the two sides in the first 15 minutes, with Harry Kane – starting ahead of Roberto Soldado – twice serving notice of his intent.Shortly after Jan Vertonghen had nodded just over, Kane latched on to a Vlad Chiriches cross but his header came crashing back off the crossbar.Kane then picked the pocket of Cahill on the left flank, outsprinted the Chelsea centre-back and bore down on goal, but screwed his angled shot wastefully wide of the far post.It took Chelsea 17 minutes to muster a meaningful attack. John Terry won the ball on halfway, Willian slipped the ball into Drogba and he teed up Cesc Fabregas – but the Spaniard’s clipped effort was straight at Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.Tottenham didn’t heed the warning and Chelsea went in front a couple of minutes later.Hazard, who had been the Blues’ main outlet early on, played a neat one-two with Drogba before smashing in a shot under the body of Lloris at his near post.And another error from the goalkeeper allowed Chelsea to double their money moments later.The Frenchman’s wayward kick was recovered by Hazard, he fed Oscar, and the Brazilian slipped a perfectly weighted pass into Drogba, who held off Vertonghen before drilling home.The two goals settled Chelsea down after a nervy start and killed Tottenham’s early bluster, with Ryan Mason’s shot straight at Thibaut Courtois all Spurs had to show for the rest of the half.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dutch Utility Reinvents Its Mission

first_imgLaunching other servicesEneco has several other ventures in the works. One of them, called Jedlix, is an app for charging electric vehicles that takes advantage of a surplus of low-cost wind power at night. Eneco says that the user decides the time at which he or she wants the vehicle to be fully charged, and the app “takes care of the rest.”Eneco says partnerships with Tesla and Microsoft allowed it to create a flexible app just as interest in electric vehicles is on the rise.There’s also Luminext, a monitoring system for outdoor lighting as well as solar panel repair. Its sizable investments in wind energy help attract customers who want to buy their electricity from clean sources, and it helped Eneco land a 10-year contract with Google for clean energy at a data storage center opened in the northern part of the country last year.A program called “CrowdNett” is designed for Eneco customers who already own solar panels. The utility encourages these customers to install a battery, like the Tesla Powerwall, and then dips into the stored electricity to even out loads on the grid as needed. Participating customers get €450 a year (about $530) for their trouble. While still in its infancy, the program is appealing to customers who would like to see an end to the use of fossil fuels. Vermont Utility Makes (Another) Efficiency OfferUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNew York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasVermont Utility Expands Heat Pump Program Which Utilities Sponsor the Best Energy Efficiency Programs?Energy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes Solar The start was slowEneco’s foray into new ventures was slow at first. The utility began by promising to distribute an energy monitor called the Toon (see Image #2, below) to several dozen homes. But the manufacturer didn’t supply enough of them, and some of those that were placed in customers’ homes didn’t work. Eneco went back to collect the Toons, but they found that some customers didn’t want to give them up. If the device itself had some problems, the idea that customers could monitor their own energy use was clearly a hit. RELATED ARTICLES More than 300,000 Toons have since been installed, and Quby has agreed to supply them to utilities in Belgium and Spain.Customers pay €3.50 (about $4.12) per month for the Toon. By monitoring energy use, customers should be able to reduce consumption by about 10%, according to Quby, but some customers have reported savings much greater than that.Like the Nest and similar smart thermostats sold in the U.S., the Toon allows customers to change heat settings with a smartphone app. The device has displays to show how much electricity and natural gas are being used, and it can provide weather forecasts to help customers use power efficiently. The Toon also has helped Eneco retain customers: the number of those who jump ship for a competing provider of electricity has fallen by 60%.As The Times reports, selling less electricity might seem like an odd goal for an electricity retailer, but the company says that it more than makes up for the lower sales with the growth of its service businesses. Plus, customers say they like the idea they are doing something positive for the environment by consuming less power, and the Toon helps them do that. After concluding that selling electricity as a commodity is no guarantee of business success, a Dutch utility has developed a variety of services to attract new customers and guarantee its survival in an era increasingly dependent on renewable energy.What began as a bungled attempt to introduce energy monitors to a few Dutch households has since blossomed into a suite of new programs: charging electric vehicles, repairing solar panels, and tapping into energy stored on the home batteries of its solar customers. Along the way, Eneco has turned its energy monitor into a big success story.The business approach, described in an article in The New York Times, is designed to give the company a more stable future as well as help transition its customers to a clean-energy future. Eneco executives adopted the plan after realizing that getting into price-cutting wars with its competitors for electricity and natural gas sales wasn’t going to take them very far.“We said ‘we have to create an increasing customer loyalty by doing something different,’” said Hans Valk, chief executive of Eneco subsidiary Quby and formerly the leader of Eneco’s consumer business. “What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.” Some similarities hereMany U.S. utilities are using more conventional business models, and resisting a wider use of renewable energy by consumers, particularly rooftop solar, by seeking curbs on net-metering reimbursements. But in Vermont, Green Mountain Power has shown some of the same flexibility and willingness to experiment as Eneco, and utilities elsewhere are using a mix of efficiency programs and new business approaches.In May, GMP began offering Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries and Tesla GridLogic software to customers, in part to lower demand on the grid at peak times. The utility said that it would be able to shave 10 megawatts off peak load, the same as taking 7,500 homes off the grid. By late June, the company said that it had requests for the battery from almost 1,000 customers.GMP, a Certified B Corp, also began offering a Nest thermostat and an Aquanta water heater controller for 99 cents per month. The deal, like the Powerwall program, helps consumers save money, but it also gives the utility some ability to reduce demands on the grid by rescheduling when the water heaters will run. GMP also offered no-money-down deals on ductless minisplit heat pumps, and a $10,000 price break on a Nissan Leaf Flyer electric car.In California, the Public Utilities Commission has approved pilot proposals to increase the use of electric vehicles, according to a post at Utility Dive. The $1.3 billion program to tap into the state’s investor-owned utilities would use a variety of means to boost electric vehicle use, including school and transit buses.Con Edison in New York has used efficiency programs, neighborhood solar and other innovative measures to head off threatened power shortages and avoid spending $1.2 billion on a new electrical substation. The measures together cost $200 million.New York energy chief Richard Kauffman said ConEd’s plan could be used elsewhere. “It’s not only an evolution of processes, thinking, and culture,” he said, “it’s also a gradual change in business models, evolving away from ‘programs’ to these activities being integral to the business itself.”last_img read more