Amazon announces renewable energy center coming to Lee County

Amazon | December 03, 2019

Online retail giant Amazon is bringing a solar energy project to Lee County. The website made the announcement along with major investments into renewable energy in Virginia and Spain, making the project the first in Europe and Illinois. Amazon’s newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Lee County, Illinois and Frederick County, Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. This will be Amazon’s first large-scale renewable energy project in the state of Illinois and the Midwest, and ninth in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These projects are part of Amazon's climate pledge, which seeks to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early. 13 WREX asked to one resident living in Lee County what he thought of Amazon, a company with a net worth of nearly a trillion dollars, investing in his community. "It's really important for the world to slowly transfer to renewable energy," Praaveenyan Vangara, a Dixon resident, said.

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Mexico is one of the hottest global renewable energy markets and is currently the second largest power market in Latin America with US$110 billion of investment in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors forecast until 2030. Only five years ago, the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity were all exclusively managed by the state-owned utility (and monopoly), the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The energy sector attracted little foreign investment and had only a few operational renewable energy projects. All that changed in 2014, when, as part of a package of reforms, the government passed the Electricity Industry Law (Ley de la Industria Eléctrica) and started the process of a profound transformation of the power market - from a vertically integrated utility controlled sector - to a liberalized generation market with more opportunities for private companies.

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Mexico is one of the hottest global renewable energy markets and is currently the second largest power market in Latin America with US$110 billion of investment in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors forecast until 2030. Only five years ago, the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity were all exclusively managed by the state-owned utility (and monopoly), the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The energy sector attracted little foreign investment and had only a few operational renewable energy projects. All that changed in 2014, when, as part of a package of reforms, the government passed the Electricity Industry Law (Ley de la Industria Eléctrica) and started the process of a profound transformation of the power market - from a vertically integrated utility controlled sector - to a liberalized generation market with more opportunities for private companies.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Facebook, and Microsoft Provide Low-Carbon Innovators with Free Patent Access

Hewlett Packard Enterprise | April 23, 2021

As part of the Low-Carbon Patent Pledge, innovators designing low-carbon technologies now have exclusive rights to patents from three of the world's leading technology firms. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Facebook, and Microsoft are making key patents available to promote the introduction of low-carbon technology beginning today. Hundreds of patents that could help technologists create low-carbon solutions for generating, storing, and distributing low-carbon energy would be available royalty-free under the HPE-led initiative. The Low-Carbon Patent Pledge arrives despite global scientific warnings that breakthrough technology will be critical to reducing emissions quickly enough to prevent climate disaster. According to the International Energy Agency, about half of the reductions needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 require solutions that are not yet commercially available. The patents listed include a wide variety of preventative and adaptive innovations that can aid in the fight against climate change. Power management, the use of zero-carbon energy sources, efficient datacentre architecture, and thermal management are examples of these. “To face this critical moment in the climate crisis, the world requires radical collaboration,” said John Frey, Chief Technologist for Sustainable Transformation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “To reach net-zero emissions by 2050, we must collaborate to innovate more quickly. We hope that by making these patents available, we can continue to accelerate and promote progress by allowing others to build on our work.” In their own excellently corporate sustainability strategies, the coalition partners expect that granting public access to free patents would encourage researchers and scientists to develop the new solutions needed to build a lower-carbon economy and a more sustainable future. "History has proven that voluntary patent pledges will serve to promote new technologies and inspire their acceptance all over the world,” said intellectual property law expert Jorge L. Contreras, Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law. “This is the kind of action that is needed to address the potentially disastrous consequences of climate change." About Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service provider that enables businesses to accelerate results by deriving resources from any of their data, everywhere. HPE provides unique, accessible, and intelligent technology solutions, with a seamless interface across all clouds and edges, to help consumers build new business models, connect in new ways, and improve operating efficiency, based on decades of reimagining the world and innovating to advance the way people live and work. About Facebook Facebook's goal is to empower people to build communities and get the world closer together. We understand the importance of climate change and are committed to assisting in the resolution of this global issue. Facebook is taking steps by lowering its emissions, using clean energies and reducing its energy and water use, protecting workers and the environment in their supply chain, and collaborating with those in the community to create and discuss ideas for a more sustainable world. About Microsoft Microsoft is accelerating steps toward a more prosperous future by reducing our environmental footprint, accelerating research, assisting its customers in developing sustainable alternatives, and campaigning for environmental policies. Microsoft is committed to being carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050, it will have removed from the atmosphere all of the carbon that the company has generated directly or by electricity consumption since its inception in 1975.

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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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Chandler's Roofing First in the Nation to bring Timberline Solar from GAF Energy to Los Angeles

GAF Energy | February 22, 2022

Chandlers Roofing, one of America's leading roofing companies, is the first in Los Angeles to offer the new, award-winning Timberline Solar roof. GAF Energy, a Standard Industries company and a leading provider of solar roofing in North America, recently launched Timberline Solar to deliver the first true solar roof to market. Timberline Solar incorporates roofing materials into a clean energy-generating system, resulting in a durable, attractive roof that produces energy. The solar roof is now available to residents in the Greater Los Angeles region. "We're honored to be the first in Los Angeles to introduce the very best solar roofing technology available today," said Chandler's Roofing partner and president, Trevor Leeds. "The Timberline Solar shingle is already changing our industry and reshaping what the public imagines when they dream of installing a solar roof." I am excited to see what Los Angeles does with the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle. Chandler's Roofing is already at the top of their game in the region. We know this will be a game changer for their company and for the residents of sunny Los Angeles." Jason Barrett, Senior Vice President at GAF Energy This new system incorporates the world's first nailable solar shingle, the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle (ES), which has received three awards from CES 2022 — including its highest honor, the Best of Innovation Award, in the "Smart Cities" category. The product is assembled domestically at GAF Energy's U.S. manufacturing and research facility in California. About Chandlers Roofing Founded in 1942, Chandler's Roofing has been recognized regionally and nationally as the premier southern California roofing company. Servicing the South Bay's beach cities and the surrounding communities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Chandler's Roofing knows that building successful relationships with clients is just as important as knowing how to build a quality roof. The company's dedication to customer satisfaction has been the key to its success, and Chandler's Roofing has an extensive list of satisfied customers to prove it. About GAF Energy GAF Energy is transforming the rooftop solar industry to generate "Energy from every roof". As a Standard Industries company, GAF Energy works in partnership with North America's largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, GAF, offering homeowners elegant, roof-integrated solar options. The company also facilitates commercial tax equity financing for large-scale rooftop solar projects.

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