On March 29, LG Electronics joined organizations and individuals around the world in switching off its non-essential lights for “Earth Hour” to celebrate our collective commitment to the planet and to help increase environmental awareness. For an hour on Saturday night, the company powered off its Twin Towers in Seoul, Times Square Billboard in New York City and the lights in LG-owned U.S. facilities, from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., to Lincolnshire, Ill., to San Diego, Calif. and beyond.
In 2010, I began working on financial policy at EDF. Our objective was to implement policies that would allow private sector companies to profitably deliver financing solutions to residential and commercial property owners footing the upfront cost of money-saving energy efficiency and clean distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) projects. While the residential solar market was already gaining steam at the time, most of the other markets had very limited momentum.
Can coal be cleaned up? Power plants in Mississippi and Canada will soon find out.
In Juliette, Georgia, Southern Company operates a coal-fired power plant that is the single largest source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. In Kemper County, Mississippi, the same company is pioneering a technology that many experts believe will be crucial to preventing a climate disaster: It's building the world's first new power plant designed to capture and store most of its carbon.
Disruptive technologies tend to follow a certain trajectory. First, they are outliers, often ignored, and typically on the cusp of never entering the market. But, for the successful ones, a tipping point is ultimately reached, after which the technology goes viral and changes the status quo it was designed to replace. In the new energy revolution, Tesla is one such company that has surpassed the tipping point and threatens to change the way we produce, distribute, and consume electricity.
Big data will help us develop better solutions to mitigate the risks and effects of climate change.
In our fast-paced, ever-changing, technology-driven world, big data has become the Holy Grail. Tracking and understanding customer behaviors, preferences, and purchasing decisions is now serious business.