Everybody is busy sorting out the paradigm shifts that COVID-19 has forced upon western civilization, and one of those impacts is already clear. In the US and elsewhere, patterns of electricity use have shifted dramatically. The new paradigm is actually good news for fans of renewable energy, because it has flattened the dreaded duck curve into more of a turtles-on-a-log curve.
Shuli Goodman dropped by Callaway Climate Insights headquarters Tuesday — via Zoom into my study in Marin, Calif. from neighboring Sonoma — to talk about how her non-profit, LF Energy, is working to help decarbonize the electricity industry.
Standing before a photo of a beach in Costa Rica, (as if Sonoma isn’t beautiful enough) Goodman explained how her climate journey took her from Deloitte Consulting, where she led enterprise management systems, to focus on using Linux and other open systems to help utilities upgrade their often ancient grid hardware.
Growing and supporting renewable energy through a truly collaborative open-source initiative is the objective of LF Energy. LF Energy is a nonprofit, vendor-neutral initiative from The Linux Foundation with an action plan to modernize electrical systems worldwide through open frameworks, reference architectures, and a support ecosystem of complementary projects.
Australia, along with other places, including the US (California), Canada, Russia and the Amazon, continue to experience unprecedented destruction from massive fires. New technologies and consortiums building those technologies are being developed to address the prevention and fighting of fires, many which are caused by climate change.