Dec 16, 2020

AEGIS selects expert.ai to boost its data strategy

AI
Insurance
AEGIS
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Leading mutual insurance company for the energy industry opts for expert.ai platform to augment risk engineering capabilities
Leading mutual insurance company for the energy industry opts for expert.ai platform to augment risk engineering capabilities...

AEGIS has chosen the expert.ai natural language platform to implement a risk engineering solution that will extract and analyse critical information from risk engineering reports during the property underwriting process. 

By applying the power of AI to this information-intensive process, AEGIS engineering teams will collect data more efficiently and comprehensively, enabling them to provide deeper insights to both underwriters and policyholders regarding key risk exposures and mitigation strategies.

“Artificial intelligence will continue to play a crucial role within AEGIS’s digital transformation program which aims to maximize our efficiency and increase our data analytics capabilities,” said Scott Schenker, SVP and Chief Information Officer at AEGIS. 

“We’ve selected expert.ai for its ability toread, organise and extract relevant data so our team can be more efficient both in terms of managing repetitive tasks as well as better serving our policyholders.”

Tim Heinze, SVP and Chief Loss Control Officer at AEGIS, said in the course of evaluating and selecting an AI platform, expert.ai outperformed all of its evaluation criteria in terms of ensuring speed and efficiency.

It also delivered high-quality information needed to properly assess the risks of its policyholders and provide domain expertise based on the data collected.

By automating the reading and extraction of relevant data from natural language texts, expert.ai offers a range of AI services to reduce risk, improve risk selection and pricing, and augment capacity for insurance carriers and brokers.

"We help insurers understand and extract the data they need from loss control and property reports, policies, renewals and submissions, at scale and more than four times faster than their standard," said Michael Watt, Vice President of Insurance at expert.ai. 

"All of this is performed with maximum accuracy, ensured by expert.ai’s unique approach to mixing language understanding, a robust knowledge graph and machine learning."

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May 5, 2021

AES Corp seals 10-year carbon-free energy deal with Google

AESCorp
Google
datacenters
Dominic Ellis
3 min
AES Corporation will ensure energy powering Google's Virginia data centers will be '90% carbon free'

The AES Corporation has struck a 10-year supply contract with Google to provide near-carbon-free energy to power its Virginia-based data centers which will start later this year.

Claiming the first clean energy procurement deal in the world of its kind, AES will help ensure that the energy powering those data centers will be 90% carbon-free when measured on an hourly basis.

AES will become the sole supplier of the data centers' carbon-free energy needs on an annual basis, sourcing energy from a portfolio of wind, solar, hydro and battery storage resources to be developed or contracted by AES.

The agreement marks an important step in meeting Google's previously announced goal to run its business on 100% carbon-free energy on an hourly basis by 2030.

"Last year, Google set an ambitious sustainability goal of committing to 100% 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030. Today, we are proud that through our collaboration with Google, we are making 24/7 carbon-free energy a reality for their data centers in Virginia," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO. "This first-of-its-kind solution, which we co-created with Google, will set a new sustainability standard for companies and organizations seeking to eliminate carbon from their energy supply."

"Not only is this partnership with AES an important step towards achieving Google's 24/7 carbon-free energy goal, it also lays a blueprint for other companies looking to decarbonize their own operations," says Michael Terrell, Director of Energy at Google. "Our hope is that this model can be replicated to accelerate the clean energy transition, both for companies and, eventually, for power grids." 

AES assembled the 500MW portfolio from a combination of AES' own renewable energy projects and those of third-party developers, which were selected, sized and contracted to meet Google's energy needs across a number of considerations, including cost efficiency, additionality and carbon-free energy profile.

The portfolio assembled by AES is expected to require approximately $600 million of investment and generate 1,200 jobs, both permanent and construction, in the host communities. These efforts will greatly simplify Google's energy procurement and management at a competitive price while decarbonizing Google's load and the broader PJM grid.

This supply agreement follows on the strategic alliance AES and Google formed in November 2019 to leverage Google Cloud technology to accelerate innovation in energy distribution and management and advance the adoption of clean energy. AES is pioneering greener, smarter energy innovations, with the goal of expanding the services available to large-scale corporate customers.

The Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate commits €10M to fund bold ideas that aim to use technology to accelerate Europe’s progress toward a greener, more resilient future. Selected organisations may receive up to €2M in funding and possible customised post-grant support from the Google for Startups Accelerator to help bring their ideas to life.

Last year it issued $5.75 billion in sustainability bonds to fund ongoing and new environmentally or socially responsible projects. To read its 2020 Environment report, click here.

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