Utilizing Smart Energy Management in Schools to Free Up Capital

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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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Organised by UBM India, the Renewable Energy India Expo is an annual event that aims to accelerate growth of the Indian renewable energy sector by offering sustainable development opportunities to businesses in this industry. Regarded as Asia’s nerve centre for the renewable energy industry,

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Renewables find success in ‘black start’ experiment

Article | June 14, 2022

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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Treasury Wine Estates To Install Thousands Of Solar Panels

Article | June 8, 2022

The company behind famous Australian wine brands including Penfolds and Wolf Blass is embracing solar energy in a big way. ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies and has an ambition to be the “world’s most admired premium wine company”. A powerful way to win consumer hearts, minds (and wallets) these days is to have a strong focus on sustainability. As part of its sustainability mission, wines in TWE’s portfolio will be produced using 100% renewable electricity by 2024. In a step towards this renewables goal in Australia, approximately 9,500 solar panels will be installed at Barossa Winery and Production Centre in South Australia, and Karadoc Winery in Victoria by the end of this year. Collectively, the solar panels will generate more than 5,500 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to supply the equivalent of 900 homes. Total capacity wasn’t mentioned, but given the annual output, I’d estimate it at around 3.75 MW.

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A vision for renewable energy

Article | February 11, 2020

Right now, renewable energy makes up a very small part of the entire energy sector of Bangladesh. But as we move into the future, and concerns about the environment become too great to ignore, exploring cleaner and greener sources of energy becomes the need of the hour. Our economy is booming, and our population is growing, so it goes without saying that our energy requirements are immense. There is plenty of scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels indiscriminately is not sustainable in the long term, so we do need to up our game in looking at alternatives.

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2020: The Year of Convergence in Corporate Renewables

Article | February 10, 2020

The rapid growth of corporate renewable procurement has been nothing short of a buyer-driven revolution in the United States’ electric sector. Almost 20 gigawatts (GWs) of corporate power purchasing agreements (PPAs) were completed in 2019 across the globe, up from 13 GWs of corporate PPAs in 2018 and triple the numbers from 2017.1,2 And the majority of this growth has come from the United States. Fortunately for those of us committed to renewable energy, we expect this trend to continue. But as should be expected in such a dynamic, buyer-driven sector, we are starting to see some noticeable shifts in the marketplace as it evolves and grows. I wanted to highlight some of the trends Constellation is watching for this year.

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Renewable Energy India Expo

Organised by UBM India, the Renewable Energy India Expo is an annual event that aims to accelerate growth of the Indian renewable energy sector by offering sustainable development opportunities to businesses in this industry. Regarded as Asia’s nerve centre for the renewable energy industry,

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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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IKEA owner acquires US solar parks to boost renewables transition

Smart Energy | April 08, 2020

The Netherlands-based holding company of multinational retailer IKEA, the Ingka Group, has acquired a 49% share in two US solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of 403MW, bolstering the company’s transition to renewable energy. In September 2019 group subsidiary Ingka Investments reached an agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to acquire 49% stake in the two projects, taking over the Utah solar PV project on 31 December 2019, and the Texas project on 31 March. With new investments set to continue and with further acquisitions planned in the US, the group is working towards its target for production to exceed consumption. IKEA plans to transition to 100% renewable energy across global operations and achieve climate positive status by 2025. With a presence in 30 countries worldwide, the company says it will focus on renewable energy generation both on-site, as well as via utility-scale renewable project acquisitions.

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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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IKEA owner acquires US solar parks to boost renewables transition

Smart Energy | April 08, 2020

The Netherlands-based holding company of multinational retailer IKEA, the Ingka Group, has acquired a 49% share in two US solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of 403MW, bolstering the company’s transition to renewable energy. In September 2019 group subsidiary Ingka Investments reached an agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to acquire 49% stake in the two projects, taking over the Utah solar PV project on 31 December 2019, and the Texas project on 31 March. With new investments set to continue and with further acquisitions planned in the US, the group is working towards its target for production to exceed consumption. IKEA plans to transition to 100% renewable energy across global operations and achieve climate positive status by 2025. With a presence in 30 countries worldwide, the company says it will focus on renewable energy generation both on-site, as well as via utility-scale renewable project acquisitions.

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