Should California strengthen its clean energy partnership with Mexico?
The Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently made history with the announcement of a sweeping and ambitious Clean Power Plan. A major part of this plan is the submission and implementation of individual carbon emission-cutting goals for every state in the union. As states move forward with devising their own clean energy plans, should California start looking to Mexico for help?
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As Oil Price reports, the new Clean Power Plan could make life difficult for a state like California that relies heavily on importing energy from all sources—including renewable energy—from other states like solar power from the Southwest and wind power from the Pacific Northwest. The potential for trouble for California could arise from these exporting states finding an incentive to stop exporting their renewable energy and holding onto the power they generate for use in their own state instead. While this would help those states meet federal requirements, it would put California even further away from their green energy goals.
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As the report continues, the problem that this situation poses could be solved by California strengthening its renewable energy partnership with Mexico in Baja and beyond. What was once a saturated market could become a golden opportunity if California’s current neighboring energy partners decide to reduce their exporting (or stop altogether):
California gets 25 percent of its power from renewable sources and is on track to meet its 33 percent renewable power target by 2020. Most of which is already accounted for. But with the Clean Power Plan coming hot on the heels of the emboldened Governor Jerry Brown’s new goal of 50 percent renewable power by 2030, California may need to diversify its suppliers, including cross-border sources.
With plenty of land and resources to ramp up production of solar and wind farms, Baja California could find itself in a unique position to supply energy to a California in need—and be rewarded with strong profits for the effort.
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According to Oil Price, Mexican power companies have already begun supplying limited renewable energy to San Diego, but the right partnerships could see that energy exchange expanding throughout the state and even beyond to neighboring states:
“A failure to capitalize on opportunities for cross-border clean energy trade would be a loss for both the U.S. and Mexico. The United States and Canada have the largest integrated energy market in the world, increasing efficiency and renewable energy deployment on both sides of the border. The U.S. and Mexico have a long way to go but increasing renewable power exchanges would be a good place to start.”
With the Clean Power Plan taking effect in 2022, California has plenty of time to make plans for the future. It seems likely that those plans will involve trade and commerce with its neighbor to the south.
[SOURCE: Oil Price]
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.