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Paving the Way to Battle Climate Change

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Executive Director, Linux Foundation Energy

I have been a management consultant for over 20 years, leading multi-disciplinary teams tasked with solving complex, interdependent problems.  With 18 years of experience in the startup and...

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To arrest climate change is no longer an option, but a must to save the planet for future generations. Key to doing so is to transition off fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and to do so without tanking economies and destroying our very way of life.

The energy industry sits at the epicenter of change because energy makes everything else run. It is the geo-political axis around which the modern world turns. And inside the energy industry is electrification and our vast power grids. Electricity generation leads the list of sectors that matter most in terms of decarbonization, states the Yale School of the Environment. Like it or not, utilities face vast and fundamental decisions on how to transform themselves while delivering ever more power to ever more people without making energy unaffordable or unavailable

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David Trahan on Jul 20, 2023

Hi Shuli,
As I understand it, electrification is only a part of the transition. There are uses of liquid fuels on machinery that will not, for any foreseeable future, be able to transition to electricity, regardless of the electricity source. Ironically, the large (really large) earth-moving and hauling equipment needed to mine for minerals needed for a transition will never go electric. They are just too large and require too much power for too long ever to be electric. If these and many other mechanical tools of society can't, then why try in an unachievable time frame? You may have missed a recent post by Robert Bryce on his Substack channel. Here is a link to it. He does a good job with facts to explain how the transition is not happening for excellent, logical reasons.



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