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Winter 2022

ENERGIES Cartoon (Winter 2022)

ENERGIES Cartoon (Winter 2022)

Eucharia Idoko on her motorbike with SSE Judith Ogbonna at a Sisterhood meeting in Enugu Ikpamodo village, Enugu State, Nigeria. Photos courtesy of Solar Sister.

Let’s Solve For That

Off-grid living may sound like an attractive, natural experience to those who don’t have to experience it every day. The reality of life without access to a power grid means health clinics use diesel generators with their attendant fumes for operating room lighting. Mechanical equipment stops working when fuel runs...

Engineering students getting hands-on training at a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) facility in Takoradi, Ghana. Photos courtesy of Ileana I. Ferber.

Local Content in the Energy Transition

To determine whether Local Content (LC) strategies traditionally implemented in the oil and gas industry are transferable to renewable energy, we need to ask the following questions: Does LC play a role in the energy transition? Why is it important to continue the efforts on LC in the renewable space?...

In the Hot (Money) Seat with Wes Clark, Jr.

In the Hot (Money) Seat with Wes Clark, Jr.

Growing up in a military family with a father who rose to become a four star general and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Wes Clark, Jr. spent his early life traversing the U.S. and Europe. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he served four years of active...

Port of Corpus Christi Sees Carbon Storage Future from Multiple Vantage Points

Port of Corpus Christi Sees Carbon Storage Future from Multiple Vantage Points

As energy companies concentrate on diversifying to increase profits and meet governmental regulations, the Port of Corpus Christi works to support them by embracing the future with a warm welcome to an energy transition revolution. With a prime geographical location and infrastructure capabilities, the Port has found a position to...

Mobile Charging Innovation: Solving Challenges for Commercial EV Fleets

Mobile Charging Innovation: Solving Challenges for Commercial EV Fleets

As the consumer market increasingly adopts electric vehicles (EVs), charging demand increases as well. Commercial use EVs are a market segment with their own set of charging challenges. The global commercial electric vehicle market is forecast to grow to over $800 billion by 2030, with good reason, as fleet-driven companies...

Sailing Into the Sunset

Sailing Into the Sunset

Travel specialist Tammy Doucette and her husband James steer others toward their “vacation of a lifetime,” through her agency Sundowner Travel by Dream Vacations, located in Troy, New York, while simultaneously working toward their ultimate getaway – an untethered life. Their goal is to eventually sell their property to live...

Smoke and Mirrors: Why the World’s Rush to Electric Vehicles Hides a Dirty Secret

Smoke and Mirrors: Why the World’s Rush to Electric Vehicles Hides a Dirty Secret

Are we swapping one environmental crisis for another? If we really want to tackle the climate and fuel emergencies, Roy Henderson, CEO of Green Cell Technologies, believes biofuels beat lithium-ion batteries right now. In August 1893, with hope and trepidation, Rudolf Diesel fired up the new engine he’d invented. The...

Photo courtesy of Utah FORGE, Eric Larson.

On the Cusp

It was my honor to attend the European Geothermal Congress (#EGC2022) in Berlin, Germany, in October. I had the opportunity to connect with geothermal experts and industry professionals who have been leading the charge for years and those who are part of the energy transition. What I encountered was a...

Southshore Bay community in Tampa running on a solar microgrid. Source: Emera Technologies

Utilities Can Drive a Clean, Reliable Path Forward with Distributed Energy Resources

It’s no secret – the world of energy is changing rapidly. The trend of relying more extensively on distributed generation, energy storage, EVs and forms of customer load management, such as demand response, to keep power flowing and in balance has only increased in an age of peak demand challenges...

Jeff Bridges with his Signature Oregon Concerto Bourbon CE guitar created in collaboration with Breedlove. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bridges. Photography by Audrey Hall. www.audreyhall.com

Jeff Bridges: We’re All In This Together

Reaching the young boy, who had been swept into the churning water from his perch on the rocky ledge of the cave he had been exploring, the man grabs him around the waist and pulls the boy from beneath the water swirling forcefully around them as high tide comes in....

Top Four Workplace Hazards in Renewable Energy – And How to Prevent Them

Top Four Workplace Hazards in Renewable Energy – And How to Prevent Them

As our energy spectrum evolves from traditional sources to renewables, the energy workforce will evolve along with it. It may surprise you to know that wind turbine service technician is the second fastest growing occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In 2018, three million people were...

Photo courtesy of Nordic Unmanned.

Drones Streamline Logistics for Offshore Wind Maintenance

Drone technologies continue to proliferate the renewable energy sector. From autonomous drones conducting inspections of turbine blades, to cargo drones making ship-to-ship, and shore-to-ship payload drop-offs, energy sector operators have been robust adopters of innovative uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). With the rapid advancement of commercial delivery drone platforms,...

Filmmaker Susan Kucera: A Realistic Environmentalist

Filmmaker Susan Kucera: A Realistic Environmentalist

“If oil went away tomorrow, millions of people would die – not just because of not being able to turn on the light switch – but our whole system. We need to start changing that, obviously, but it can’t be done overnight.” Not exactly what you would expect to hear...

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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (Winter 2022)

As you may have noticed from the cover, this issue of ENERGIES Magazine is slightly different from the rest. Since the first issue premiered in Spring of this year, we have been privileged to talk to and feature insights from leaders at the forefront of the energy transition, starting with...

The IRA’s Energy Provision Success Hinges on Transmission Infrastructure

The IRA’s Energy Provision Success Hinges on Transmission Infrastructure

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law one of the most significant reconciliation bills for climate and clean energy investments in the United States. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) aims to support different technologies for clean energy production, transportation, carbon emission reduction, domestic manufacturing, and expanding a workforce...

This picture is of the BPS filtration body with the magnetic separator after a two-hour run time. Photo courtesy of Black Powder Solutions.

Black Powder Solutions Unfolds Cutting Edge Emission Reduction Technology

While mounting scrutiny has plagued the oil and gas industry, companies continue to seek ways to earn a profit while reducing their carbon footprint. Although some have invested in alternative energy ventures, the complete removal from oil and gas remains unlikely as it provides more than just fuel sources. With...

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