Hawaii reaches for 100 percent renewable energy reliance by 2045
When it comes to the energy sector, every region in the United States has different capabilities and different needs. As a chain of islands, the state of Hawaii is different from most in this regard—whereas states in the Continental U.S. can rely on exporting neighbors for a stable energy supply, Hawaii must produce and supply its own. Now the state is making a change for the greener: at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit this week, Hawaii Governor David Ige discussed his administration’s plan to curb its reliance on petroleum for energy production, instead guiding the state toward 100 percent renewable energy production by 2045.
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As The Nation reports, Hawaii residents and businesses grapple with high in-state energy prices on a near constant basis—stemming from the unstable and often high price of oil. This situation makes the state a perfect place to try out a new approach to energy sourcing:
Residents pay the highest rates for electricity of any state in the union. Last year, before the recent oil price drop, residential electricity averaged around 36 cents per kilowatt hour (the US average is 12 cents/kwh). On the mainland, states that do not generate enough electricity themselves can import it from their neighbors. Islands in the middle of the Pacific just have what they can make themselves. Because Hawaii’s energy plants were built before it was economical to ship natural gas as LNG, they for the most part use petroleum. The high oil prices of the past decade are estimated to have cost Hawaii some $5 billion extra that was not anticipated.
But while it has become more economical to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) in recent years, Hawaii is planning to skip LNG and pursue renewable energy sources instead. Ige explained this reasoning during his address, citing several points that make renewable energy a more desirable choice for the state:
Ige said Monday that LNG (liquefied natural gas) will not save the state money over time, given the plummeting prices of renewables. Moreover, “it is a fossil fuel,” i.e., it emits dangerous greenhouse gases. He explained that local jurisdictions in Hawaii are putting up a fight against natural gas, making permitting difficult. Finally, any money put into retooling electric plants so as to run on gas, he said, is money that would better be invested in the transition to green energy.
There is fervent discussion in the United States over whether or not renewable energy is viable as a primary energy source, or merely as a supplemental source to add an extra boost to energy produced from conventional fossil fuels. But discussion can only go so far—only an attempted execution (whether successful or not) can truly prove whether renewable energy can sustain a state entirely. With the support of the U.S. military and the Hawaii Electric Company, Hawaii is moving full steam ahead toward the implementation of this endeavor. How that endeavor fares over the decades to come could have significant impact on the future of energy for the rest of the United States.
[SOURCE: The Nation]
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.