Advocating New Frontiers in Energy Management
Progressing into 2013, the ever-increasing pace of technology is immediately apparent. We live in a digital world. We are moving past the Information Age, where data was suddenly at our fingertips, to a Connected Age. We are more connected than ever to our devices, our homes, and (arguably) each other. In this new paradigm, we hold the world in our pockets—everything from our friends to our music to our light switches are now sleekly encased in magical black boxes that we still, colloquially, call our “phones.”
We have seen the massive evolution of data delivery infrastructures making this possible—the explosion of broadband data and wireless communications—but quietly there have been significant changes in another essential ingredient: our energy delivery infrastructure. Renewable sources of energy have seen rapid growth.
In the UK in 1948, coal provided 90 percent of the UK’s energy. In 2009, that percentage was only 14.8 percent, according to a policy paper published on www.gov.uk.
Still, in a wireless world, it feels a bit stone-age to plug all of our wonderful devices into wall outlets, and unfortunately, Nikola Tesla’s vision of wireless power is still many years away from becoming a reality. This growth of technology, devices and electronics that run on electrons is quickly becoming a burden on the quiet infrastructure. Add to this population growth, and worldwide we have nothing short of a crisis: How will we continue to produce enough energy to make this all possible?
While the various directives and mandates that governments have put in place may appear to be out of ecological awareness, there is another primary driver:
Projections indicate that many countries’ energy infrastructures will be unable to support the demand in the coming years. We simply cannot build enough power plants. If supply cannot be expanded, then demand must be lowered, hence the need for energy management.
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