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Introducing Safety Minute, a new series from One Energy

In this video, Construction Technicians Kerry and Emily walk viewers through the gear needed to stay safe while climbing or working in utility-scale wind turbines.

 

Published monthly, Our Safety Minute videos will highlight safety tips and features related to what we do at One Energy. We believe that safety and quality are always first, and practicing safety never ends when you’re building Wind for Industry® projects. To make sure you never miss a new release, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

I have a one-year-old. He is a great communicator. He screams in my face when he is hungry or tired and I promptly do whatever it takes to make him stop. Effective communication is one of the first things we learn to do as humans. Yet, as business leaders, with some of the most advanced degrees and greatest minds and innovators in our ranks, we time and time again see ineffective communication causing some of the biggest problems in our companies and are left asking, “why is communication so hard?”

So why IS communication so hard? Let’s face it. Basic communication is not difficult. My toddler has not said a single word in his life, but when he is hungry and mad about it, I know. He yells, he cries, I feed him, and once he’s happy, we move on.

But most businesses aren’t set up to let this kind of free flow of information happen. Instead, logistical and political roadblocks creep in and stop communication dead in its tracks.

First, the logistical roadblocks. These roadblocks involve the realities of business that complicate the flow of information across the enterprise. Unlike a single toddler, there is not one person to communicate with, there are dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people across many departments and geographic locations. There is also not just one message to give. Businesses, especially ones that are growing and changing rapidly, are constantly churning out new information and new or updated strategies on every level.

Then, there are the political roadblocks. The political roadblocks go something like this: “I can’t tell my boss what is happening in my department or there will be blowback.” “I can’t be critical of my boss or I won’t get a raise.” “If I question our goals and strategy, people will think I’m not a team player.” “I’ve seen this happen 1,000 times before, why even bother telling them it’s going to blow up in our face again?”

And there you have it. That’s how communication, which my one-year-old is so good at, is keeping your brilliant team from having clear direction, working strategically toward a common goal, knowing how appreciated they are, or understanding when they’ve made a big mistake. It’s what’s keeping your good company from becoming a great one.

So what do you do about it? Well, there is no silver bullet here. You have to take the time, make the effort, repeat important things, and then do it again, and again, and again. You have to have the hard conversations and insist that others do the same. You have to be able to (figuratively) scream like my toddler when something is going wrong: “look here, this is a problem!”

Communication isn’t sexy. It’s not product innovation. It’s not churning out widgets you can sell to increase revenue. In fact, you’re taking time away from all of those things to do it. But, it may just be the thing that is keeping your good company from being a great one. And, the good news is, it really isn’t that hard.

Katie Treadway is the Head of Regulatory Affairs at One Energy.

Learn more about Katie and the One Energy team.

 
November 11, 2020 – Wind Views | On-Site Wind

Today’s view illustrates what it really means to have on-site wind! At One Energy, we build Wind for Industry projects, which means the turbines are installed near the facility they’re powering. (Notice how this particular wind turbine sits on the same property as the manufacturing facility that it’s providing power to.)

Wind for Industry projects are also “behind the meter,” because the energy feeds directly into the facility, instead of the power grid like traditional wind projects.

Want to dive into the details of Wind for Industry? Click here. 

November 09, 2020 – Wind Study | Question 2

Happy Monday! Time for another Wind Study – this time with fractions and permutations! We need help dividing our teams for work in remote areas, to ensure we have certified Emergency Medical Technicians on site.

Download this week’s Wind Study Homework Question (and check back Friday for the answer!)

This question can also be found on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

November 06, 2020 – Introducing: Wind Energy Facts
 
Introducing Wind Energy Facts! Follow along to learn about the science of converting wind to power. We’ll help you understand what some find unbelievable – and equip you with cool facts and examples along the way. Take it from us, the wind energy experts!
 
First up – how much power can one of our turbines produce?
 

Wind Energy Facts can also be found on our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.

November 06, 2020 – Wind Study | Answer 1 of 2020!

Earlier this week, we announced Wind Study – where we’re sharing homework problems related to wind energy and STEM on a weekly basis. If you haven’t read this week’s question yet, click here. 

If you’ve read this week’s question, you’ll recall that our team needed help with some math problems. We wanted to determine the weight of a wind turbine foundation, as well as the length of one side of the turbine’s foundation, which, for sake of the problem, was an octagon. You can access the answer to both of these questions via the link below.

Download this week’s Wind Study Homework Answer

It’s worth noting that in reality, One Energy’s wind turbine foundations are a 16-sided shape with a tapered top. The dimensions of the foundation in this week’s Wind Study question were simplified, for calculation purposes.

Check out the photo of one of our foundations being poured below, and remember – Wind Study questions and answered will be posted here in this OE Feed on Mondays and Friday, and will be on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well!

I am the CEO of the largest installer of on-site wind energy in the U.S. I am a peer reviewer for the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy program. I am a consulting witness for technical wind issues. I am an expert in wind energy, on-site generation, and most things associated with the power grid. Yet, I have no idea who the real thought leaders are in the energy industry. I don’t know who the visionaries are. I don’t know who is really advancing the commercialized state of the art. And, I absolutely have no idea what those people are thinking. Do they even exist?
 
Most of the “thought leader” type publications I see in the energy space come from law firms and accounting firms. There is no version of the world where law firms and accountants are thought leaders. Almost by definition, they are the followers. They are, at best, historians of the recent past. Sure, lawyers and accountants are important, but they are not going to build the next iteration of the power grid, they are going to hold a conference to explain how someone else did it. 
 
Capital providers who think they are innovators and thought leaders are equally amusing. They are not innovating; they are responding to (and funding) innovation. And, while they are immensely important to making the future grid a reality, they are not the pioneers working through the late nights and early mornings to solve the problems that no one else even knows exist.
 
CEOs of utilities and energy companies are not really thought leaders. They are the personification of the status quo.
 
The few thought leaders that you hear about as “innovative” in energy, like Elon Musk and K.R. Sridhar are, in my humble opinion, complete hacks. Their sexy west coast VC version of the grid is comical and lacks an understanding of the scale or the problem, the mounds of obstacles in the way, or the technical discipline required to reliably power this country.
 
We need more thought leaders in the energy transition. We need better leaders. We need differing perspectives, and we need to hear from the people on the front line of the power grid transition. We need to hear about what they are thinking, what battles they are fighting, and how they think we are doing as an industry.
 
It occurred to me that some of the most impressive people I have ever worked with are the people on my executive team. And, it occurred to me that the energy world needs to hear from more people like them. So, I have decided to create an “Executive Thoughts” feature on One Energy’s site. I want the thought leaders I work with to communicate more with the world, because I think the world needs and wants to hear what they have to say. I want my team to rant, to share candid personal stories about overcoming challenges, I want them to tell you what is pissing them off and what they’re excited about, and I want them to do it on a regular basis.
 
I hope that this candid look at the insights our energy executives have to offer inspires others. I hope that it encourages other pioneers to make time to share their thoughts and insights. I know I would love to hear from other pioneers.
 
With that introduction, I respectfully introduce Executive Thoughts, a weekly blog created by the executives at One Energy, to share our experiences from the frontlines of solving real energy problems, and to share what we’re thinking.

Jereme Kent is the CEO and founder of One Energy.  

Learn more about Jereme and the One Energy team.

Introducing “Wind Views,” a weekly photo series dedicated showcasing the beauty of what we do at One Energy. Come for the cool views, stay for the accompanying educational tidbits!

Today’s feature was taken during the construction of a Wind for Industry project in Ohio. A One Energy employee can be seen exiting the hatch of the nacelle, as the rotor (three wind turbine blades affixed to a hub) is lifted via crane. This activity is often referred to as the “rotor fly.”

Want to learn more about the parts of a wind turbine? Visit page “4.1 Energy Terminology” of this website!

One Energy is thrilled to announce Wind Study – where we’re sharing homework problems related to wind energy and STEM every week! We’ve created these homework problems to assist teachers, parents, and kids of all ages in learning more about science, technology, engineering, and math – and to provide an inside look at some of the cool things we do at One Energy. 

Questions will be posted each Monday on this OE Feed, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts; check back on Fridays for the answer to the questions!

This week, we’re building a foundation for a wind turbine and need some help with math problems involving 2D and 3D geometry. 

Download this week’s Wind Study Homework Question (and check back Friday for the answer!)

In his second op-ed with Recharge, One Energy CEO Jereme Kent takes a page out of The Art of War, taking aim at old guard utilities and issuing a battle cry to fellow energy sector rebels. 

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