Utilizing Smart Energy Management in Schools to Free Up Capital

K-12 schools spend countless resources on education and facilities, and energy costs in K-12 schools are second only to staffing costs. Typical staffing costs include custodial workers, administrative staff and facility management team members. Even supplies fall further down on the list of K-12 expenses than energy costs, and with districts facing scrutiny for energy use, following the Better Building’s Initiative, notes the U.S.

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Indigenous lands can be ground zero for a wind energy boom

Article | July 29, 2022

It all started about four years ago, when SUVs and pickup trucks drove uninvited onto their lands, remembers Olimpia Palmar, a member of the Indigenous Wayúu peoples, who historically have occupied the La Guajira desert in northern Colombia and Venezuela. "We started seeing these arijunas [Wayuúunaiki for non-native peoples] wearing construction helmets and boots and vests, getting out of the cars, checking the desert, and then leaving," she recalls. Word soon began circulating across the Guajira Peninsula, from the rancherías — the community’s rural settlements — to the few urban centers: The arijunas were offering money to those who would let them plant tall, slim towers on their lands to measure the wind. On La Guajira’s dusty earth, where few things grow, towers began to sprout. By 2019, at least 30 wind-measuring towers had risen on Wayúu land, according to a report by Indepaz, a nonprofit research center.

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Sustainability

Renewables find success in ‘black start’ experiment

Article | July 7, 2023

Have you ever thought about what would happen if a power station failed? Without electricity to bring itself back online, it would be near impossible for a station to begin operating again, like trying to set fire to paper without a flame. This scenario would quickly lead to widespread chaos, with hospitals and schools plunged into darkness, refrigeration, and sanitation seriously hampered and transport systems brought to a standstill. For these reasons (and many, many more), governments and electricity networks often have complex and rigorous plans in place to bring dead power stations back online at the earliest.

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Strategy and Best Practices, Energy

Why Picking an Established and Credible Solar Installer Matters

Article | July 27, 2022

With the popularity of solar increasing across the country, the number of solar installers has been multiplying. Unfortunately, many fly-by-night companies with minimal installation experience or larger national firms with little market history are trying to capitalize on the industry’s growth. In addition, the sheer volume of installation partners that consumers have to choose from can result in a great deal of buyer confusion. More choices, more issues As the number of solar installers has gone up, so have complaints and issues related to providers and their service. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry reached terms with Empire Solar Group LLC’s trustees, a national solar installer that went bankrupt earlier this year, leaving 45 homeowners in Minnesota with projects in various levels of incompletion. Unfortunately, they’re not alone, as many other consumers have also fallen into precarious situations after companies using high-pressure sales tactics have been unable to deliver on the work. Michael Allen, CEO of All Energy Solar, says, “He’s angered that companies go out of business and face no fines.” Allen and other established industry leaders have done their best to help out customers caught in the middle of an installer’s bankruptcy issues, but there is only so much they can do. What protections do consumers have? In some cases, states have put into place protections for consumers; for example, in Minnesota, consumers stranded with uncompleted projects can get access to the state’s Contractor Recovery Fund, which receives money from licensing fees to help offset these costs. But that is of little comfort for those trying to determine what partner to choose for their project. The best bet When picking a solar installation partner, your best bet is to avoid those with high-pressure sales tactics, “too-good-to-be-true” pricing, or ones with little to no installation experience. Don’t simply trust the sales rep, do a little of your own research to see what other customers are saying. Looking for a record of successfully completed projects and businesses with state and national certifications can be another way to confirm credibility.

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Solar+Storage

5 New Solar Power Technologies in 2021

Article | April 5, 2021

In the last forty years, there has been a dynamic increase in the use of solar energy in the United States. As recently as 2018, an additional 10.6 GW of solar power was harnessed, bringing the country's total use up to 64.2 GW. Yet this apparently successful addition still only contributes 1.6% of the total electricity used across the States. However, with many new solar power technologies on the horizon, the increase could soon be much greater.

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Vivint Smart Home Brings Smart Energy Production Data to Vivint App

Vivint Smart Home, Inc | November 30, 2022

Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE: VVNT), a leading smart home company, announced a new feature for Vivint Smart Energy customers that allows them to view solar production data from their solar panels directly in the Vivint app. This feature is the next step in further integrating solar energy into the Vivint Smart Home experience and helping customers achieve a smarter, greener, and safer home that saves them moneyMonitored directly through the Vivint app, Vivint customers will have the ability to view the production of clean energy produced by their solar systems, including data on how much energy their panels generate, insights into how well their energy production is working, their potential savings over using energy from the grid, and what kind of environmental impact their system is having. “Smart Energy has been a major focus for us over the past couple of years as we look to expand our industry-leading smart home experience for our customers,This new integration is another step towards making the home smarter as well as empowering our customers with the data they need to be smarter with their energy use. We’re excited to bring this new feature to customers and look forward to adding more features in the future.” -Evan Pack, senior vice president of energy at Vivint. The new feature integrates solar panel data directly into the Vivint app, so customers are able to view all of the information about their systems in one place, creating a seamless experience and highlighting the value of their solar systems. The feature will be available to existing Vivint customers with an Enphase inverter and to customers with SolarEdge inverters that are installed by Freedom Forever, with plans to expand to additional customers in the near future. Customers will begin seeing their solar data populate in the Vivint app over the coming days. About Vivint Smart Home Vivint is a leading smart home company in the United States. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24/7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than 1.9 million customers throughout the United States. For more information, visit https://www.vivint.com.

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Veritone Joins SEPA and Utility Analytics Institute to Advance Collective Mission to Make Energy Delivery Cleaner, Cheaper & More Reliable

Veritone | December 07, 2021

Veritone, Inc., creator of aiWARE, a hyper-expansive enterprise AI platform, announced that it has joined the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Utility Analytics Institute (UAI), leading industry organizations focused on the transformation of utilities. As a member, Veritone will add its strong AI leadership and deep machine learning expertise to help utility decision-makers solve complex challenges resulting from the rise of renewable energy sources, new legislation, climate change, and the global push towards decarbonization. Like many other industries, utilities’ decision-makers and organizations like SEPA and UAI recognize the game-changing capabilities of AI, machine learning, automation, and analytics. Particularly with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 2222 fostering competition in the wholesale energy market taking effect February 2022, there is no better time than now for Veritone to join these forward-thinking organizations. With our AI-driven energy solutions, together, we can fast-track our collective mission to make power delivery greener, cheaper, and more reliable as the nation transitions to a decarbonized future. Sean McEvoy, SVP, Energy Solutions, Veritone. Globally, we are going through an energy transition, shifting from fossil-based energy production and consumption systems to renewable energy sources. Unreliable green energy sources, new forms of energy storage and energy supply, and demand imbalances, however, may impact customer satisfaction and company profitability. And with such exponential growth in power system complexity, utilities will find it increasingly challenging to maintain day-to-day reliability, as well as resilience to many types of grid disruptions. Veritone’s AI-powered energy solutions—built on its proven, open and future-proof aiWARE platform— help utilities and independent power producers increase reliability, decrease operational costs, and reduce carbon footprint by accurately predicting, synchronizing, optimizing, and controlling integrated distributed energy resources. Using a reinforcement learning approach, Veritone's modules continuously adapt and auto-retrain to make optimal decisions, even with a high number of possible constraints. System and hardware agnostic, Veritone offers its energy solutions on-premise, in a hosted environment, or as a service to give its customers the ultimate flexibility without sacrificing performance. About Veritone Veritone is a leader in enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Serving organizations in both commercial and regulated sectors, Veritone’s software, services, and industry applications simplify data management, empowering the largest and most recognizable brands in the world to run more efficiently, accelerate decision making and increase profitability. Veritone’s hyper-expansive Enterprise AI platform, aiWARE™, orchestrates an ever-growing ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video and other data sources into actionable intelligence. Through its robust partner ecosystem and professional and managed services, Veritone develops and builds AI solutions that solve the problems of today and tomorrow. About SEPA The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is dedicated to helping electric power stakeholders address the most pressing issues they encounter as they pursue the transition to a clean and modern electric future and a carbon-free energy system by 2050. We are a trusted partner providing education, research, standards, and collaboration to help utilities, electric customers, and other industry players across three pathways: Electrification, Grid Integration, Regulatory and Business Innovation. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer engagements and advisory services, SEPA convenes interested parties to facilitate information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest value for our members and partner organizations. About Utility Analytics Institute Utility Analytics Institute (UAI) enables utility transformation through analytics. Transforming into a data decision-based company is one of the most difficult transitions a utility will have to make to thrive in the new energy economy. It’s more than just managing massive amounts of data, implementing the right tools and technology, and people and process management. It’s ensuring you have proper change management processes in place to address cultural challenges, as well as data management and governance plans, and best practice and compliant security strategies in place. It’s implementing the best organizational structure for your utility, and hiring and retaining talented staff, plus so much more! UAI brings together the leading utilities who are serious about tackling these challenges and together we concentrate on utility analytics.

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Los Angeles hosts world’s largest blockchain-enabled advanced energy community

Smart energy | May 27, 2020

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded a $9 million grant to the Energy Coalition, Community Electricity, and a consortium of energy partners to support disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles through the implementation of innovative technologies. The CEC is providing the grant through its Electric Programme Investment Charge (EPIC) Programme, which supports clean energy research in California. The Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) project is expected to give rise to the perfect formula to design a feasible community-scale decarbonisation strategy.

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Vivint Smart Home Brings Smart Energy Production Data to Vivint App

Vivint Smart Home, Inc | November 30, 2022

Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE: VVNT), a leading smart home company, announced a new feature for Vivint Smart Energy customers that allows them to view solar production data from their solar panels directly in the Vivint app. This feature is the next step in further integrating solar energy into the Vivint Smart Home experience and helping customers achieve a smarter, greener, and safer home that saves them moneyMonitored directly through the Vivint app, Vivint customers will have the ability to view the production of clean energy produced by their solar systems, including data on how much energy their panels generate, insights into how well their energy production is working, their potential savings over using energy from the grid, and what kind of environmental impact their system is having. “Smart Energy has been a major focus for us over the past couple of years as we look to expand our industry-leading smart home experience for our customers,This new integration is another step towards making the home smarter as well as empowering our customers with the data they need to be smarter with their energy use. We’re excited to bring this new feature to customers and look forward to adding more features in the future.” -Evan Pack, senior vice president of energy at Vivint. The new feature integrates solar panel data directly into the Vivint app, so customers are able to view all of the information about their systems in one place, creating a seamless experience and highlighting the value of their solar systems. The feature will be available to existing Vivint customers with an Enphase inverter and to customers with SolarEdge inverters that are installed by Freedom Forever, with plans to expand to additional customers in the near future. Customers will begin seeing their solar data populate in the Vivint app over the coming days. About Vivint Smart Home Vivint is a leading smart home company in the United States. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24/7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than 1.9 million customers throughout the United States. For more information, visit https://www.vivint.com.

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Energy

Veritone Joins SEPA and Utility Analytics Institute to Advance Collective Mission to Make Energy Delivery Cleaner, Cheaper & More Reliable

Veritone | December 07, 2021

Veritone, Inc., creator of aiWARE, a hyper-expansive enterprise AI platform, announced that it has joined the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Utility Analytics Institute (UAI), leading industry organizations focused on the transformation of utilities. As a member, Veritone will add its strong AI leadership and deep machine learning expertise to help utility decision-makers solve complex challenges resulting from the rise of renewable energy sources, new legislation, climate change, and the global push towards decarbonization. Like many other industries, utilities’ decision-makers and organizations like SEPA and UAI recognize the game-changing capabilities of AI, machine learning, automation, and analytics. Particularly with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 2222 fostering competition in the wholesale energy market taking effect February 2022, there is no better time than now for Veritone to join these forward-thinking organizations. With our AI-driven energy solutions, together, we can fast-track our collective mission to make power delivery greener, cheaper, and more reliable as the nation transitions to a decarbonized future. Sean McEvoy, SVP, Energy Solutions, Veritone. Globally, we are going through an energy transition, shifting from fossil-based energy production and consumption systems to renewable energy sources. Unreliable green energy sources, new forms of energy storage and energy supply, and demand imbalances, however, may impact customer satisfaction and company profitability. And with such exponential growth in power system complexity, utilities will find it increasingly challenging to maintain day-to-day reliability, as well as resilience to many types of grid disruptions. Veritone’s AI-powered energy solutions—built on its proven, open and future-proof aiWARE platform— help utilities and independent power producers increase reliability, decrease operational costs, and reduce carbon footprint by accurately predicting, synchronizing, optimizing, and controlling integrated distributed energy resources. Using a reinforcement learning approach, Veritone's modules continuously adapt and auto-retrain to make optimal decisions, even with a high number of possible constraints. System and hardware agnostic, Veritone offers its energy solutions on-premise, in a hosted environment, or as a service to give its customers the ultimate flexibility without sacrificing performance. About Veritone Veritone is a leader in enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Serving organizations in both commercial and regulated sectors, Veritone’s software, services, and industry applications simplify data management, empowering the largest and most recognizable brands in the world to run more efficiently, accelerate decision making and increase profitability. Veritone’s hyper-expansive Enterprise AI platform, aiWARE™, orchestrates an ever-growing ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video and other data sources into actionable intelligence. Through its robust partner ecosystem and professional and managed services, Veritone develops and builds AI solutions that solve the problems of today and tomorrow. About SEPA The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is dedicated to helping electric power stakeholders address the most pressing issues they encounter as they pursue the transition to a clean and modern electric future and a carbon-free energy system by 2050. We are a trusted partner providing education, research, standards, and collaboration to help utilities, electric customers, and other industry players across three pathways: Electrification, Grid Integration, Regulatory and Business Innovation. Through educational activities, working groups, peer-to-peer engagements and advisory services, SEPA convenes interested parties to facilitate information exchange and knowledge transfer to offer the highest value for our members and partner organizations. About Utility Analytics Institute Utility Analytics Institute (UAI) enables utility transformation through analytics. Transforming into a data decision-based company is one of the most difficult transitions a utility will have to make to thrive in the new energy economy. It’s more than just managing massive amounts of data, implementing the right tools and technology, and people and process management. It’s ensuring you have proper change management processes in place to address cultural challenges, as well as data management and governance plans, and best practice and compliant security strategies in place. It’s implementing the best organizational structure for your utility, and hiring and retaining talented staff, plus so much more! UAI brings together the leading utilities who are serious about tackling these challenges and together we concentrate on utility analytics.

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Los Angeles hosts world’s largest blockchain-enabled advanced energy community

Smart energy | May 27, 2020

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded a $9 million grant to the Energy Coalition, Community Electricity, and a consortium of energy partners to support disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles through the implementation of innovative technologies. The CEC is providing the grant through its Electric Programme Investment Charge (EPIC) Programme, which supports clean energy research in California. The Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) project is expected to give rise to the perfect formula to design a feasible community-scale decarbonisation strategy.

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