SOUTHERN COMPANY - USA
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FREE AS A BIRD - It is happening. Wind energy is providing bucket loads of power that will be more useful with the kind of load leveling that battery and green hydrogen storage can provide, to make better use of all that captured natural muscle. Windmills and sails had been working for mankind for hundreds of years before the discovery of electricity. These graceful machines can be located in isolated areas where winds are strong and reliable. Making allowance for storms, doldrums, and power blackouts, by design.
ABOUT SOUTHERN COMPANY
The Southern Company (SO) is an electricity producer and distributor based in Atlanta that constructs, acquires, owns and manages assets and sells electricity in the wholesale market. It operates through subsidiaries including Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power.
It serves approximately nine million customers and has a 44,000 MW generating capacity. The company has 31,000 employees, $23.40 billion in operating revenue for the year 2018 and a $65.9 billion market capitalization as of February 2020.
But in 2022, they still have no solution to power cuts and blackouts, causing major disruption in the modern age of electricity - putting the lives of young, vulnerable and infirm at risk. Also raising the question of this company failing to meet Paris climate objectives aimed at Net Zero - where reliability is a key factor in reaching United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals. Especially SDG7 clean, affordable energy for all, and SDG17, partnerships, such as with automotive OEMs, where the supply of energy for transport is their responsibility, as much as motor manufacturers have a duty to provide zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) - meaning electrics, as a solution that has finally come of age. But where is the infrastructure to make this happen?
Power companies and automotive OEMs need to work together urgently, if they are going to stand any chance of catering for EVs by 2050. They have no chance at all at present levels of cooperation and forward planning - of meeting the targets set for 2030 by policy makers. They are far too comfortable, knowing they can give politicians the run around with manifold excuses from spin doctors - who are employed by climate deniers - to keep burning carcinogenic coal, diesel and petrol.
In the process, they are making their countries vulnerable to suppliers of energy who have grown wealthy enough from fossil fuel exports, to wage war in 2022.
According to Power-Technology.com, they list power companies (reference 2018 Forbes calculation of net market capitalization, assets, sales and profit) as some of the biggest utilities in the world:
National Energy Board (Canada)
National Grid plc (formerly Central Electricity Generating Board UK)
FROM SPACE EXPLORATION TO ZERO EMISSIONS - Developed to power satellites and spacecraft, the silicon solar panel is now a cost effective way of generating clean electricity. Ideal sites for the location of solar farms is land that cannot be used for farming, such as the deserts we have created.
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