POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Apr. 18, 2016

Solar energy cheaper in Texas; Venezuela shifting time zones to save power


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • Customers in Texas are seeing the lowest average cost for solar energy (on a per-watt basis) according to EnergySage. While the national average is $3.69 per watt, the price in Texas is $3.21 per watt. However, there is a nine-year payback period in Texas which is higher than the national average of eight years.
  • In order to conserve electricity, Venezuela is switching time zones and shifting its time forward by 30 minutes to save power. This is in addition to government workers being given a day off  each week and the announcement of a public sector holiday being added just before the country’s Independence Declaration Day that will extend the time workers spend outside of the office. The country is facing low water levels in its 18 hydroelectric dams, the source of the country’s electricity.
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