May 17, 2020

ExxonMobil Violates Clean Air Act with No Repercussions

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ExxonMobil Violates Clean Air Act with No Repercussions
In July, the Associated Press reported that two environmental companies, Environment Texas and Sierra Club, filed an intention to sue ExxonMobil for...

In July, the Associated Press reported that two environmental companies, Environment Texas and Sierra Club, filed an intention to sue ExxonMobil for their violations of the Clean Air Act. After reporting their intention 60 days ago, as indicated by law, the two environmentalists released the lawsuit yesterday. Filed in federal court in Houston, the companies report that the nation’s largest refinery has violated the act thousands of time – but will anything be done?

For companies as powerful as ExxonMobil, the chances of this lawsuit making an overall impact on their company, despite initiating the attention of environmentalists nationwide, will be remarkably slim. Similar to other companies with that kind of clout, ExxonMobil has beat components to the ground over the years. Proponents have even directed the opposition's attention to the minimal resources ExxonMobil has in overall global oil reserves, a meager five percent, indicating their lack of impact within the industry.

What is even odder is that is focuses on the Texas oil refinery in Baytown. According to the environmentalists, ExxonMobil has released more than 8 million pounds of illegal pollution over the past five years; meanwhile, Texas has been recognized nationwide for its leading provisions in greenhouse gases. Do Environment Texas and Sierra Club stand a chance at taking down this oil giant?  

Of course, Environment Texas and Sierra Club have already sunk their claws into Shell and Chevron Phillips, settling out of court settlements following similar actions. While Texas remains the largest provider of oil refineries and chemical plants in the nation, if it were up to the environmentalists, they stance would no longer hold true.


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May 4, 2021

Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace

Dominic Ellis
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The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation

Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.

The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.

Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.

“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”

Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:

  • Distributed energy resource integration and control

  • Electric vehicle charging

  • Demand response and smart-home management

  • Grid services

  • Intelligent asset management

  • Transactive energy

  • Microgrid management

  • Advanced distribution system management

The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.

Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.

“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”

There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes

Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed

Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan. 

The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.

Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid. 

Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".


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