“Our electrical grid is a stunning example of human ingenuity and engineering. It spans hundreds of thousands of miles, is fed by thousands of production facilities, and serves hundreds of millions of customers.”
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“LF Energy launched a project to create an open source tool for managing energy demand across the electricity grid.”
“Utilities across the globe support their own version of OpenADR, and many of them cooperated on the OpenADR standard specification, said Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy. “All of them have gone off and implemented their own versions of it,” and it’s creating a considerable amount of technical debt, she explained.”
“This project creates an open source implementation of OpenADR, the open standard for exchanging demand response information among global utilities, aggregators and energy management and control systems to better manage the supply and demand of energy.”
“We are excited to use open source to create a smarter charging system for mobility of the future,”
“The departure of Shinzo Abe as Japan’s Prime Minister created political shock waves across the world. The succession by his righthand man, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga, ensures the continuation of Abe’s policies. This means that Japan’s not so ambitious plans for decarbonization won’t be shaken up as some were hoping.”
“When Japan’s environment minister Koizumi arrived in Madrid last December to attend the COP25, he was met by protestors who were calling for an overhaul of Tokyo’s energy policies.”
“Save for a few hospitals, military bases and maybe convention centers, there are very few places on the planet that are hardened for category 5 hurricanes, wildfires, and other extreme weather events.
“And utilities are no different. Unless they become more resilient, they are opening themselves up to major risks. According to a McKinsey Report, Hurricane Irene flooded 44 power plants and Hurricane Sandy damaged 69. More recently in 2017, Hurricane Harvey knocked down or damaged more than 6,200 distribution poles and 850 transmission structures, affecting millions of residents in the Houston area. Repairing these damages is extremely expensive and we have to begin thinking differently with regards to how we compose infrastructure to not lose life, limb,
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) said, in 2014, that climate change “will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.” What’s even more troubling is that the current pandemic is merely a small preview of what’s to come if we don’t act now to limit our environmental impact.
No stranger to controversy, Amazon finds itself in the midst of an intractable contest between environmental activists and its mission as a profit-driven business. The battle has raged back and forth for years and shows no sign of abating, despite a recent spate of initiatives by the retail and cloud giant in a bid to claim the mantle of environmental leadership.
Microsoft and other major companies launched the Transform to Net Zero initiative this week with the goal to accelerate progress toward a net-zero-carbon-emissions future. Coalition members — A P. Moller-Maersk, Danone, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Natura, Nike, Starbucks, Unilever, and Wipro — also pledged to achieve net zero emissions no later than 2050.
Apple said it is supporting the development of what it claims is the first-ever direct carbon-free aluminum smelting process and that the first batch of this low-carbon aluminum is being used in production of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.