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Commentary from Industry Pros
The West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH) comprises 57 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Oregon and Washington. It is one of the largest contiguous networks of direct current (DC) fast chargers in North America. These stations enable EVs to charge approximately 80 percent of their battery capacity in 30 minutes or less, which provides EV drivers the peace of mind to travel from city to city in the Pacific Northwest, untethered from their residential chargers.
The Importance of Forecasting and Demand Planning in Managing a Lean Supply Chain
The primary goals of any national electrical Smart Grid program are to add monitoring, analysis, control and communication capabilities to a nation's power delivery system to maximize the system's efficiency, streamline operations, and upgrade security protections-all while also reducing energy consumption.
Back in the 1980s, I interned at the EPA. An older employee told a story of a public hearing to illustrate how Americans are confused in their thinking about risk.
Actions are taking place in several states to repeal or significantly alter what are called the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and/or net metering. The former mandates certain amounts of renewable energy be part of the electric mix. It was never the intent to provide incentives for mature technologies, like large hydroelectric projects, in order to make the overall portfolio appear less expensive but this is being pursued as one reason for it.
At the recent San Francisco, CA Intersolar conference and trade show, companies offering battery storage and microgrid solutions had a large presence, signaling to many the continuing emergence of a major energy storage market here in the United States.
Disruptive technologies, or disruptive innovations, are those technological advances that fundamentally change a market or industry, often by displacing an existing technology.
Utilities face unique security challenges in that they cannot possibly track every possible “leak” in their distribution grids using smart meters alone. With yearly losses estimated to exceed US$200 billion worldwide and growing, utilities are under pressure to reduce risk and improve safety, increase efficiency and improve financial performance.
Owning a business can be an expensive venture and when you're just starting out as a small business bills for electricity, water, the Internet, phone lines etc. can rack up pretty quickly so it's always a smart idea to try and cut costs wherever you can. After all every little bit helps.
I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic designer, and now I work for a demand response company. It's best not to question these changes, but embrace them.