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Dispatches from the new frontiers of climate technology. The Latitude features coverage of the business and tech trends that are reshaping energy and decarbonization, straight from the Latitude Media newsroom.

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Dispatches from the new frontiers of climate technology. The Latitude features coverage of the business and tech trends that are reshaping energy and decarbonization, straight from the Latitude Media newsroom.

    Data center experts on AI energy demand

    Data center experts on AI energy demand

    Data center energy use is spiking around the world. The International Energy Agency says that demand could double in the next two years, as artificial intelligence workloads soar.
    This increase in demand is alarming environmentalists and clean power advocates, who say AI is making decarbonization harder. 
    But many experts in the data center industry see it differently. They say data centers are actually an energy efficiency success story – and that the benefits of AI in the power sector will far outweigh the increase in data center demand.
    In this edition: Editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from the pages of Latitude Media on the reactions from data center experts about the surge of energy demand from AI. 
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    • 9 min
    A US city tries a novel approach to microgrids

    A US city tries a novel approach to microgrids

    As cities around the U.S. ramp up their renewable energy goals, they’re sometimes at odds with the utilities that serve them. Some have tried to break away and form their own utilities. Others are creating community choice aggregators to negotiate clean power supply for residents.
    The city of Ann Arbor is trying something different – building microgrid projects to serve local load without the help of the utility. 
    The effort could be costly, contentious, and complicated. But if it works, it could create a whole new model for local clean energy supply.
    In this edition: Editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from the pages of Latitude Media on a microgrid project in Michigan that aims to bypass the local utility.
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    • 8 min
    Under the hood of a novel virtual power plant

    Under the hood of a novel virtual power plant

    We have 60 gigawatts of virtual power plant capacity in the US. But that needs to triple in the next decade to support a zero-carbon grid – while also meeting a surge in peak demand.
    There are lots of different models for building VPPs that link together solar, batteries, EV chargers, and smart thermostats. Sunrun and PG&E tested a model this summer that uses solar and batteries to create a “permanent load shift” to offset the evening peak in California.
    It provided tens of megawatts of capacity to the utility. But there were also some issues with batteries not delivering the expected output. What do the results tell us what it will take to make VPPs a core piece of utility operations?
    In this edition: Editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from the pages of Latitude Media on some surprising results from PG&E and Sunrun’s virtual power plant pilot. 
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    • 9 min
    Bigger, faster, cheaper: tech innovations in renewables

    Bigger, faster, cheaper: tech innovations in renewables

    Wind and solar projects are relatively simple to build compared with thermal power plants. But there’s a lot of technological innovation going into how those renewable plants are designed, constructed and optimized – driven by robots, artificial intelligence, and data science.
    Can these technologies help offset higher labor costs, rising financing costs, and supply chain constraints?
    In this edition: Editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from the pages of Latitude Media called on how the renewables industry is harnessing new technologies to drive efficiency and cost declines.
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    • 9 min
    Will the geologist shortage impact US critical minerals?

    Will the geologist shortage impact US critical minerals?

    The world needs a lot of critical minerals. By the middle of the century, we could be looking at a six-fold increase in demand for lithium, copper, cobalt, nickel, and magnesium to make enough batteries and renewables to decarbonize the global economy.
    That means a lot of mining. And it also means we need a lot of geologists to help find new resources. But will a looming shortage of geologists in the US put supply security at risk?
    In this edition: Editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from the pages of Latitude Media on the looming geologist shortage.
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    • 10 min
    Can AI alleviate the critical minerals crunch?

    Can AI alleviate the critical minerals crunch?

    Elon Musk has called lithium “the new oil.” Demand for critical minerals is booming alongside the surge in global battery production. And countries are racing to control as much mining and processing of lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and graphite quickly as possible.
    There’s also a race among companies that are exploring artificial intelligence to discover new deposits of critical minerals. It’s yet another area where AI could speed up the energy transition.
    Can it help meet tight deadlines for scaling up needed production?
    Today: Editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from the pages of Latitude Media on how AI could alleviate the critical minerals supply crunch.
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