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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, K.R. Sridhar, and Jigar Shah 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. 

Environment+Energy Leader’s Emily Holbrook covered the release of our U.S. Market Analysis report, noting that 20% of U.S. commercial and industrial facilities could financially and operationally benefit from on-site, behind-the-meter wind energy – also known as Wind for Industry. Coverage includes findings regarding Wind for Industry’s total addressable market (TAM), serviceable market (SM), serviceable market growth opportunities, and One Energy’s Wind for Industry expansion strategy. View additional coverage in Wind Power Engineering as well.

One Energy, an industrial power company and the largest installer of on-site wind energy in North America, today released a detailed report on the potential for on-site wind energy at large U.S. commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities. The analysis reveals approximately 20 percent of these facilities would financially and operationally benefit from Wind for Industry® – on-site, behind-the-meter wind energy projects.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to the Ohio House Select Committee reviewing the controversial House Bill 6 (in light of the revelation that this particular legislative sausage-making was especially bad). I try to always be candid and honest when talking to legislators. The reality of this particular situation is that HB6 is complicated and while utilities should be punished for their actions, the good things in HB6 should not be undone just because they happened to be in the same bill. It was a great conversation with legislators who were actively involved.

It was also ironic that many renewable companies seem to want to use this HB6 mess as an opportunity to get their piece of the pie to make things equal. Until the entire industry shifts its focus to removing technical roadblocks and creating a level playing field, the industry is going to continue to lose. The wind industry is always going to lose as the “new-subsidy game”. The utilities and legacy fuels are always going to get a newer and better subsidy then renewables. The “no-subsidies for anyone” strategy that I advocate for scares the hell out of the utilities and is the best thing for the renewable industry in the long run.

I don’t know how many times the wind industry has to lose in Ohio before it realizes that it needs to completely rethink its strategy and tactics.

You can read my testimony or watch a recording (which includes my follow-up discussion with legislators) below.  -Jereme Kent, CEO

Nothing about starting or growing a company in an emerging industry is easy. One Energy knows this firsthand. Bloomberg Reporter Liam Denning wrote a story (with our support) about some of our struggles.

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