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Commentary from Industry Pros
The West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH) comprises 57 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Oregon and Washington. It is one of the largest contiguous networks of direct current (DC) fast chargers in North America. These stations enable EVs to charge approximately 80 percent of their battery capacity in 30 minutes or less, which provides EV drivers the peace of mind to travel from city to city in the Pacific Northwest, untethered from their residential chargers.
Seven billion people will live and work in urban areas by 2050 and the demand for energy for all these people will be huge. Local production of energy will be needed with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) key to make cities at least partially self-sufficient with energy. Rapid development in thin film solar cell efficiency strengthens the business case for BIPV, with great opportunities for suppliers of roofing materials and construction companies.
Recently, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities (NU), filed for a rate increase with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). While such a rate increase will have many effects, one that has seemingly not yet been considered is its potential to result in harming energy security.
The Importance of Forecasting and Demand Planning in Managing a Lean Supply Chain
Back in the 1980s, I interned at the EPA. An older employee told a story of a public hearing to illustrate how Americans are confused in their thinking about risk.
Referencing LBNL's annual wind report, a recent article proclaimed that the "Price of US Wind Energy [is] at [an] 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour." This seemingly appears to be tremendous news - renewables not only can compete with low-cost gas-fired generation, it can handily beat it. The problem is that the article uses a few slight of hands to make wind look amazingly inexpensive.
Owning a business can be an expensive venture and when you're just starting out as a small business bills for electricity, water, the Internet, phone lines etc. can rack up pretty quickly so it's always a smart idea to try and cut costs wherever you can. After all every little bit helps.
I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic designer, and now I work for a demand response company. It's best not to question these changes, but embrace them.
Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too a substation.
For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use. Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state. These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.