The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative honors company with customer engagement award
WALTHAM, Mass., January 28, 2020 /3BL Media/ – National Grid has been recognized for its innovative online marketplace that simplifies the process of installing solar energy for its customers by the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC). In 2016, National Grid collaborated with EnergySage, a company that matches solar customers with qualified installers, to create a utility-sponsored, first-of-its-kind online solar marketplace for customers in Rhode Island.
A Letter From Our CEO: Accelerating Sustainability
The beginning of a new year is always a great time for reflection, even more so when it’s the beginning of a new decade. At Black & Veatch, we design and build projects to operate for decades, so the long view comes naturally. It was with this spirit that in 2019 we undertook a series of initiatives to embrace the world we see today and prepare for the world we want in the years ahead.
A new year, in a new decade, calls for a new approach to climate leadership. The year 2020 is an inflection point for climate action. It’s a year in which many companies seek to achieve interim carbon reduction goals in line with the Paris Agreement, and are looking to chart a course for even more ambitious goals over the coming decade.
New Green Power Pledge Builds Upon Action in Europe and Mexico
PURCHASE, N.Y., January 15, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Some of America’s favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay’s and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company’s largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.
Utilities need to be forward-thinking while also offering shareholders value
When it comes to grid modernization, where utilities want to spend money — and where they have approval to spend money — are not the same thing. Under today’s regulatory models, utilities typically do not have a way to recapture all the fixed costs required for critical upgrades. This can mean the choice between keeping the lights on today and preparing the grid for the challenges of the future.
These factors and many more are driving risk for utilities
With great power comes great responsibility, meaning it falls to utilities to ensure that their transmission and distribution (T&D) assets can — and will — perform at the appropriate reliability and safety levels while continuing to meet regulatory and environmental standards.
Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based renewable energy developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages resulted.