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Michigan Technological University and Ohio State University were among four teams recently chosen to receive federal funding for the second phase of NEXTCAR (Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles). The main focuses of this technology are autonomy, fuel efficiency, and connectivity. The NEXTCAR program started nearly five years ago, aims to achieve 20% fuel economy gains. With the current surrounding infrastructure, connected technologies are paving the way for artificially intelligent communicating vehicles and the self-driving cars could be closer than we think. If you’d like to read the full article – click here.
The UK's electricity grid was the greenest it has ever been on Eater Bank Holiday Monday, with 80% of energy coming from zero-carbon energy sources. National Grid ESO explained that the sunny and windy weather, coupled with the low demand for power on the day led to a surge in renewable sources of energy. On Monday, wind power made up 39% of the electricity mix, solar power 21& and nuclear 16% - meaning zero carbon sources made up 80% of the nation's power.
The US Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) published research on the ‘state of the consumer’. Consumer engagement and education is still important but also an industry responsibility. Smart energy consumers are starting to understand the connection between smart energy technologies and the slowing of climate change. The investment in renewables by governments along with more education on how technology can affect consumer energy usage must continue. Read more
Hosted by the UK, this online hybrid event will be the first major milestone to limit the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees C in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. This will take the cooperation of The US, European Nations, and other developed countries in the global climate community. This event, with much attention on it, will shine light into the latest debates and deals in international diplomatic team work to combat climate change. Read more
CleanTechnica recently published an article that highlights the decisive transition that the US power sector faces across the coming decade. 2019 capped a decade capitalised by the decline of coal, the rise of natural gas and the growth of renewables - but the coming years will see an acceleration to a carbon-free electric future. The article goes into further detail from the RMI's report, 'Cutting Carbon while keeping the lights on', which explains that 50% of the US coal fleet could be retired by 2025 without a direct capacity replacement - intensifying the requirements in solar and wind energy. You can read the full article here.
Kate Barnes, our UK Operations Director has been shortlisted for the Young Digital & Tech Professional of the Year at the Insider Media's Young Professional Awards 2021. Kate has been with ESG for over 10 years and in that time has made significant improvements to the operations department and also managed the introduction of our market leading smart meter solution. She is truly deserving of this recognition and we wish her all the best in bringing home the award.
We are now reaching a stage of energy transition that will affect our day-to-day lives and will impact on our households and smart meters and a fundamental element. EnergyUK and BEIS want to link the smart meter rollout programme to the Net Zero and Green Recovery initiatives with the hope of increasing awareness and generating support among the public so that we can encourage more customers to take up smart meters and contribute to the overall objective of reducing our carbon footprint as a county.
We’re accelerating the empowerment of energy leaders globally through the launch of our ‘ESG-connected’ affiliates initiative. ESG & its connected affiliates will integrate, collaborate and innovate together, establishing an adaptive platform eco-system that accelerates benefits creation from future energy models. Learn more about ESG-connected here or contact Mark directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of CHARGE Energy Branding Week, ESG CMO Mark Coyle was recently interviewed by the CHARGE team. Mark discusses how energy leaders can meet the needs of competition today and transition towards a digital energy future - creating a new technology platform eco-system that accelerates benefit delivery from future energy models. Click here to read the blog
We are proud to announce that we have renewed our partnership with the Womens Utilities Network (WUN) that will see us supporting and promoting this organisation into 2022. WUN was started to give women the skills and confidence they need to build lasting, fulfilling careers in the utility sector. We will be offering our support through promotion, mentoring and events and looking forward to the collaborative opportunities that the rest of 2021 brings.
Ofgem's Consumer Perceptions of the Energy Market report for Q420 was published on 4 March. Overall customer satisfaction with smart meters rose to the highest level to date (72%). This shows that there is strong and growing satisfaction with energy Suppliers and smart meters among the public.
The Energy Networks Association have created a standard contract with help from DNO's and National Grid which aims to unlock liquidity in local markets for flexibility, ultimately pushing down energy bills. The contract provides a consistent GB-wide agreement for those wishing to provide vital flexibility services to the networks.
Reaching net zero will require major changes in two main areas: transport and buildings. Shifts in these areas will create winners and losers and this will be further reviewed as to where the costs will fall in a report set to publish later this year. Along with a financial barrier there will also be an attitudinal barrier among consumers who will require educating and encouraging to help them understand the benefits of installations such as heat pumps. These changes will be costly for the country but the financial and environmental gain long term will be great.
Conservative MP John Penrose issued his independent report 'Power to the People' where he recommends measures to reform the UK's competition market for the digital era. The report addressed eight themes including 'more competition in economically-regulated industries' and 'sticking up for consumers'. The report ranges much wider than energy but clearly addresses many of the areas of dissatisfaction with regulation. It has the potential to change how the energy sector deals with pricing and consumer engagement.
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