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Emerging iDER Platforms Remain Key To Our Energy Future

By: Peter Asmus

Due to climate change, organizations and governments are navigating the energy transformation that is already underway. Technology advances and evolving market rules such as the recent US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order No. 2222 require new approaches to integrating distributed energy resources (DER) with the grid. The key to value creation lies in the ways these DER assets are integrated into onsite energy networks to bolster resiliency and foster sustainability. It also requires innovative business models that recognize previously hidden value for end users and stakeholders across the broader energy system.

A fundamental rethink of strategy and planning as well as organization and system operations that embrace DER networks will be needed for a

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Australia’s telco and energy sectors agree to boost infrastructure resiliency

Communications Alliance and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the way the two sectors collaborate and share knowledge when responding to emergency situations.

Under the MoU, the pair have agreed to improve the safety of communities by mitigating risks caused by telecommunications or power outages during emergencies, as well as the sustainability of telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery.

The MoU also sets out that the two sectors will collaborate and coordinate on preparing telecommunications and electricity networks and infrastructure for responding to emergencies at local, regional, and state level.

A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in May found that during the peak period of the Black Summer bushfires, most telecommunication outages were due to power failures rather than direct fire damage to communication assets.

The report found that during

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EcoGrid Technologies makes energy efficiency projects pay for themselves with innovative technology

TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Every day, Canadian companies struggle to reduce their carbon footprint without increasing their bottom line.

That might sound like a lofty goal, but EcoGrid Technologies, an energy equipment and solutions company based out of Toronto, ON, has a proven track record of helping industrial operators launch energy efficiency projects that pay for themselves and increase cash flow at the same time.

Recently, EcoGrid Technologies worked with LHM Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, ON to replace facility lighting in its 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing space, where they produce high quality precision components for the aerospace, military, automotive, oil and gas and nuclear energy sectors.

“We are proud to have helped LHM fit its production facility with our state-of-the-art wireless solution,” says George Filtsos, President of EcoGrid Technologies. “Using our exclusive cutting-edge Bluetooth controls to automate illumination levels base on usage has resulted in more than

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The West Intends Energy Suicide: Will It Succeed?

Suicide is viewed as a crime in many countries. In a court of law, it is a serious charge and the evidence needs to be conclusive for such an accusation to stand (e.g., did you actually see him attempt to jump off the bridge?). But when societies (or at least their leaders) attempt it, one can say that it safely falls under the rubric of the sovereign right to misrule. In the hallowed tradition of Western liberal democracy, so long as its political leaders are elected in free and fair elections, misrule leading to societal death by suicide is merely an unfortunate outcome of either gross negligence or culpable intention led by, say, a death-cult ideology. Nevertheless, let us proceed with the case for the prosecution.

The Circumstantial Evidence Of Societal Suicide

The first piece of evidence is an astonishing article published last week in the Boston Review by a

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Why AI Is Our Best Bet To Save Green Energy In The US

KEY POINTS

  • Global energy investment topped $2 trillion last year and the International Energy Agency estimates that China needs to add the equivalent of today’s U.S. power system to its electricity infrastructure by 2040, while India needs the equivalent of the European Union’s.
  • Average American household power interruptions totaled six hours in 2018, according to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics, up threefold from 2013 when reliability data was first collected.
  • Policymakers and business leaders will need to ensure their responses to the dawning AI revolution are smart, practical and, most importantly, ethical. 

The devastation wrought by wildfires along the U.S. west coast in recent days has exposed a fundamental flaw in the adoption of green energy: without digital innovation to create smart grids, clean energy is a green illusion.

Across the globe, hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent each year on wind and solar power projects

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McDermott’s Mark Lowman on the transformative potential of digital technology || Energy Digital

NORWICH, England, Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has awakened the energy sector to the transformative potential of digital technology. Inefficient, costly and ineffective manual processes are being overhauled, electrified and integrated into a vastly more connected way of living and working.

In our cover story this month we spoke with Mark Lowman, Vice President of Operations at McDermott, to find out how one of Oil and Gas’ most successful companies is navigating the change.

“When I started, digitalisation was in its infancy in the industry,” he explains. “McDermott was still working in the same way it always had with adequate systems and processes while not fully understanding the benefits of digitalisation. We have created our Digital and Project Innovation Group who are supported by resources across the organisation. This allows us to educate our employees and the leadership as we prepare to evolve to a

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Reasons to Target This Renewable Energy Stock

The shares of SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) are down 3.5% to trade at $16.68 at last check, despite earlier hitting a four-year high of $18.25. And while the renewable energy company already enjoys a jaw-dropping 231.8% lead year-to-date — with support from the 30-day moving average over the last few weeks — a historic bullish signal now flashing could indicate even more upside for SPWR in the near future.

Specifically, the stock’s recent peak comes amid historically low implied volatility (IV), which has been a bullish combination for the equity in the past. According to data from Schaeffer’s Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White, there have only been two other times in the past five years when the stock was trading within 2% of a 52-week high, while its Schaeffer’s Volatility Index (SVI) sat in the 20th percentile of its annual range or lower — as is the case with the

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Applied Technology Associates (ATA) Awarded Contract for Counter-UAS Directed Energy Weapon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A-Tech Corporation, doing business as Applied Technology Associates (ATA), has been awarded a $17,663,490 other transaction prototype project agreement.  The purpose of the agreement is to obtain a ground-based Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) prototype for the purpose of fixed-site Air Force Air Base Air Defense against Group 1 and Group 2 unmanned aerospace system (UAS) threats.  The Directed Energy Counter-UAS prototype project involves the development, assembly, and ultimately test of a prototype DEW in an operationally relevant environment.  This prototype effort will be divided into two phases, with Phase 2 being an option.  Phase 1 consists of prototype design, assembly, and contractor test.  Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by September 10, 2021.  This award is the result of a competition under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Consortium Initiative umbrella

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UT gets Energy Department grant to advance predictive science using plasma torches



map: Predictive science, which will be studied at a new University of Texas institute, can be used to model and forecast extreme weather, such as this visualization of a storm surge on the Louisiana coast caused by Hurricane Laura. [Courtesy of Computational Hydraulics Group, Oden Institute.]


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Predictive science, which will be studied at a new University of Texas institute, can be used to model and forecast extreme weather, such as this visualization of a storm surge on the Louisiana coast caused by Hurricane Laura. [Courtesy of Computational Hydraulics Group, Oden Institute.]

The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen the University of Texas to house a new center focused on developing tools and techniques for predictive science.

The agency’s National Nuclear Security Administration is providing $16.5 million to the new multidisciplinary institute — named the Predictive Science Research Center — to fund research and technology advancement for computational predictions of complex systems.

Predictive science can be used to forecast weather, conditions impacting rocket science, future climate change and other events.

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The center will bring together dozens of researchers and students from six UT departments to develop science-based modeling, simulations and

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Microsoft: The Surprise Energy Wildcatter

Microsoft is the operating system for the desk worker at most energy and industrial firms. Mac computers are rare and ruggedized PCs bridge the office and the field.

Based on a flurry of recent press, it is evident that Microsoft is interested in expanding their default status in the white-collar cubicle to dominance out in the operating environment. Microsoft’s approach to taking over the energy vertical is much like the technique of the earliest oil renegades: the wildcatter.

Why is Microsoft refocusing here NOW?

A decade ago the cost to digitize and connect remote operations was prohibitively expensive. A decline in sensor costs, networking costs and edge compute costs now allows edge production environments to be big generators of data and consumers of compute. Just as wildcatters speculatively prospect for hidden or previously unloved assets, Microsoft is revisiting the O&G space to see if they can expand technology sales

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