Advancing technology is driving the increased use of wind energy

Earth | August 13, 2019

Wind energy continues to displace more expensive and polluting sources of energy by claiming larger shares of the electricity market. In a new study published by the American Institute of Physics, German researchers have investigated the potential for this renewable energy source to maintain its increasing popularity. The use of wind turbines for electricity has grown substantially over the last four decades. By 2018, the use of wind energy in the United States alone had expanded enough to power more than 28 million homes. According to the current study, wind energy growth has been primarily driven by dramatic improvements in the technology behind it. Experts have not only adapted the technology for cold climates and offshore use, but have also developed more accurate methods to forecast wind speed and power. Additionally, the wind turbines used today can generate at least 100 times more power compared to turbines produced in the 1970s. Large turbines now have the capacity to generate roughly 5 megawatts, while the market expectations for future turbine capacity are as high as 15 megawatts.

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As the offshore wind industry takes off in the U.S., wind developers can look to the ocean science community for ways to reduce financial risks and mitigate impacts to animals and the environment.

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As the offshore wind industry takes off in the U.S., wind developers can look to the ocean science community for ways to reduce financial risks and mitigate impacts to animals and the environment.

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Enel X Way | October 14, 2022

Enel X Way, the Enel Group's global e-mobility business, announced a partnership with Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the nation's leading home solar, battery storage and clean energy service provider, to supply smart Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for the company's recently launched EV charger offering. The new co-branded home EV chargers expand Sunrun's suite of energy management solutions and support the growing demand for electric cars and trucks nationwide. The Edison Electric Institute projects 26.4 million EVs will be on U.S. roads by 2030 and according to BloombergNEF's 2022 EV Charging Infrastructure Outlook report, the U.S. needs 21.7 million private chargers by 2030 to support growing demand. "With one-third of Enel X Way EV charger owners using solar to power their homes, there's no denying the strong correlation between solar adopters and EV owners Not only does this partnership mark a pivotal convergence between two adjacent industries, the ability to combine efforts and use solar energy to power charging also furthers our progress toward national decarbonization targets. We're honored to partner with Sunrun to offer an affordable, smart EV charging solution for climate-conscious customers." -Chris Baker, Head of Enel X Way North America. Enel X Way's Level 2 EV chargers work seamlessly with Sunrun's home solar solutions, enabling customers to charge their vehicles at home using abundant and affordable solar energy. The integrated offering delivers potential cost savings to customers while also providing a means to manage home energy consumption. Recognized by CNET, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, and Road & Track as "the best overall EV charger," the Enel X Way Level 2 EV charger is grid-connected, meaning it uses off-peak and automated charging to help balance the grid, delivering energy cost savings that allow EV owners to maximize their investments. The award-winning chargers are also compact, weather-proof and can recharge EVs up to nine times faster than other charging equipment, providing owners with a best-in-class experience. "Home solar and EVs are the perfect match," said Mary Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Sunrun. "EV owners want to charge their vehicles with a more cost effective, clean, and reliable energy source —saving money and time with home charging convenience. By combining Enel X Way's EV charging expertise and Sunrun's ability to right-size home solar systems, we're helping prepare customers for a carbon-free energy future." The co-branded EV charging stations are available today in select markets, including California, New Jersey and Vermont, and are expected to be available nationwide by the beginning of 2023. The smart home EV chargers will be sold as an optional add-on for bundling with a Sunrun home solar-plus-battery system. About Enel X Way Enel X Way is a subsidiary company of Fortune 200 renewable energy leader, the Enel Group, and is dedicated to electric mobility. Enel X Way operates in 16 countries and manages over 380,000 charging ports worldwide and around 150,000 in North America, both directly and through roaming agreements. As a global platform for e-Mobility, the company is focused on developing flexible charging technologies and solutions to improve the customer experience and to enable the electrification of transport for consumers, businesses, cities and public administrations. Enel X Way's flagship home charging station, the JuiceBox, has been named the "best EV charger overall" by CNET, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, and Road & Track. For more information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. About Sunrun Sunrun Inc. (Nasdaq: RUN) is the nation's leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company. Founded in 2007, Sunrun pioneered home solar service plans to make local clean energy more accessible to everyone for little to no upfront cost. Sunrun's innovative home battery solutions bring families affordable, resilient, and reliable energy. The company can also manage and share stored solar energy from the batteries to provide benefits to households, utilities, and the electric grid while reducing our reliance on polluting energy sources. For more information, please visit www.sunrun.com.

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Brookdale ShopRite and EVgo Unveil New Fast Charging Station

EVgo | November 15, 2022

The newly renovated Brookdale ShopRite today hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to debut an EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO) (EVgo) electric vehicle (EV) fast charging station at its 1409 Broad Street parking lot in Bloomfield, NJ.This EVgo charging station features charging from 100kW up to 350kW and can serve four vehicles simultaneously. The station was supported with funding through the PSE&G Electric Vehicle Charging Program, which is designed to support the deployment of EV chargers for a range of customers. This latest launch is part of a push to install and offer charging stations in communities where ShopRite stores operate. EVgo is one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks for EVs and is powered by 100% renewable energy. We are excited to work with EVgo to unveil this new charging station for our ShopRite customers and the people of Bloomfield, said Neil Greenstein, a third-generation grocer and owner and operator of Brookdale ShopRite. “We recently completed an extensive renovation of the Brookdale store, and the next step was providing a fast electric vehicle charging station in our parking lot. At ShopRite, we are always looking for ways to provide the best possible shopping experience for our customers, and making it easier for people to charge their electric vehicles is part of that commitment. A family-owned business that has served the local community for more than 50 years, Brookdale ShopRite completed an extensive remodel earlier this year that included storewide upgrades, new departments and fresh food offerings, and the installation of new energy efficient LED lighting and refrigerated cases. The new EVgo charging station outside the store complements all the great work inside the store and is available to both customers shopping in-store and people in the community. Greenstein was joined at the ribbon cutting by community leaders and guests, including Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia, Essex County Commissioner VP Carlos Pomares and Councilman Nicholas Joanow. “EVgo builds charging stations in convenient locations where drivers can charge their EV while completing their everyday activities, like going to the grocery store, As more drivers transition to electric vehicles, EVgo is excited to expand partnerships with site hosts like Brookdale ShopRite to increase access to EV charging and build more infrastructure in communities in New Jersey and beyond.” -Stacy Huston, Director of Portfolio Accounts at EVgo ShopRite has supported sustainability efforts – both in stores and communities – for more than four decades and plans to add more electric vehicle charging stations to its stores, enabling additional drivers to go electric with convenient access to public charging. 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Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $62 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated more than $35 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com. About EVgo EVgo (Nasdaq: EVGO) is a leader in charging solutions, building and operating the infrastructure and tools needed to expedite the mass adoption of electric vehicles for individual drivers, rideshare and commercial fleets, and businesses. Since its founding in 2010, EVgo has led the way to a cleaner transportation future and its network has been powered by 100% renewable energy since 2019 through renewable energy certificates. As one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network features over 850 fast charging locations – currently serving over 60 metropolitan areas across more than 30 states – and continues to add more DC fast charging locations through EVgo eXtend™, its white label service offering. EVgo is accelerating transportation electrification through partnerships with automakers, fleet and rideshare operators, retail hosts such as grocery stores, shopping centers, and gas stations, policy leaders, and other organizations. With a rapidly growing network, robust software products and unique service offerings for drivers and partners including EVgo Optima™, EVgo Inside™, EVgo Rewards™, and Autocharge+, EVgo enables world-class charging experience where drivers live, work, travel and play.

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Itron and SmartThings Join Forces to Unlock Utility Energy Analytics for Carbon Reduction

Itron and SmartThings | September 27, 2022

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, and SmartThings, Inc. are working together to provide an integrated energy experience by connecting Itron’s industrial IoT (IIoT) network solution and SmartThings’ services and solution. The companies plan to combine their industry leading IoT platforms to allow utilities to unlock the user experience and rapidly enhance value to both the consumer and the utility through improved distributed energy management, accelerated carbon reduction and enhanced consumer engagement.The collaboration will combine Itron’s proven distributed intelligence (DI) ecosystem, which features millions of connected endpoints, with SmartThings Energy service1 to provide real-time energy readings and consumption patterns to improve energy management and conservation. The combined solution, which will support multiple connectivity options, will bring together participating consumers’ real-time consumption data from their meter, behind the meter assets and appliances all within the SmartThings Energy, giving the consumer a complete picture of their energy consumption. Consumers that opt into their utility’s program will gain greater visibility into their energy use and reduce their usage while enabling utilities to improve overall grid management and visibility as well as advance carbon reduction goals. For example, utilities will be able to enhance their demand response (DR) programs with AI Energy Saving mode combined with high-fidelity real-time data from Itron’s IIoT solution to initiate DR events for participating consumers, reducing the energy load of their appliances. Benefits of the collaboration include: Enhancing value to consumers – A complete view of consumers' energy consumption can be obtained through the application, which displays both the whole house real-time consumption information provided by Itron as well as the preexisting app features that show real-time data use of smart appliances. Enhancing value to utility – Utilities will be able to engage the rapidly growing base of SmartThings app users to enroll in energy efficiency, demand response and EV charging programs. A total of 230 million people have downloaded the SmartThings app, and Samsung expects to grow to 500 million users within five years. This combined with Itron’s millions of connect DI devices will allow utilities to enhance their distributed energy management programs. Enhancing the enrollment experience – SmartThings’ enhanced enrollment experience can be applied into utility programs for energy efficiency, demand response, and EV charging – directly from the SmartThings application. Using this comprehensive view of energy consumption over time, utilities may identify likely customers to enroll EV and solar customers into the application. Enhancing innovation with improved high-fidelity data – Itron, its utility partners, and SmartThings can leverage the cloud-to-cloud integration to provide consumers with an easy, secure way to authorize data access to DI application data, whole building consumption data and more. Consumers can also securely share data from their millions of connected devices with the utility or authorized third parties to enable seamless collaboration. More details and information about Itron and Samsung SmartThings’ collaboration will be available soon. “We are excited to join forces with Samsung SmartThings to drive the future of IoT, combining Itron’s unequaled track record of success in delivering utility outcomes with SmartThings’ expertise in consumer engagement, Combining two industry leading platforms is a game changer for energy management. This collaboration will significantly accelerate consumers’ understanding of their energy use, combining information from smart energy devices such as Samsung appliances, electric vehicles, solar panels, heat pumps, thermostats and more. Our goal is to enable consumers to optimize their use of green, renewable energy and reduce their carbon footprint.” -Don Reeves, senior vice president of Outcomes at Itron. With this collaboration, we are enabling consumers to make smarter decisions about their energy use. Integrating Itron’s IIoT solution with the SmartThings Energy application will not only make it easier for utilities to inform their customers on their energy consumption, it will also make it easier for consumers to take advantage of energy savings opportunities in their smart appliances,” said Chanwoo Park, EVP & Head of IoT Biz Group, Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Itron as this not only conserves energy but also aligns with our customers’ goals of achieving net-zero carbon households. About Itron Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.Itron® is a registered trademark of Itron, Inc. All third-party trademarks are property of their respective owners and any usage herein does not suggest or imply any relationship between Itron and the third party unless expressly stated. About SmartThings SmartThings is the premier technology enabling connected living and driving the future of IoT. Its open platform already supports thousands of devices across hundreds of brands and offers endless possibilities to innovators and developers seeking seamless connectivity in a vast IoT ecosystem. The company is committed to bringing simple, smart functionality to provide unifying experiences that inspire people to make a difference in their everyday lives. There are currently millions of people in more than 200 countries accessing SmartThings technology daily to create automations and control facets of their smart homes via the SmartThings App and through a range of Samsung products such as phones, TVs, and digital appliances. SmartThings offers the most flexible amount of protocols, including the new IoT standard, Matter. Launched in 2012, SmartThings is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and is a founding board member of Connectivity Standards Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining, and delivering open, global standards for the IoT. For more information, please visit www.smartthings.com.

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