DER Task Force April Newsletter
April 2023 Edition
We’ve got 2 meetups on the books for today, one in Toronto and one in Brooklyn!
From the community
So. Many. Epic. Threads. Perusing the Slack this month felt like falling into a gold mind. There were so many awesome, thought-proving convos that I couldn’t choose just one to highlight. A few favorites below:
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The curious case of $ / min instead of $ / kwh at EV chargers in states across the US, and of course franchise rights pops up
The Pandora’s Box of individual responsibility to the grid, outside of any financial compensation mechanism (aka, is grid altruism real?)
True or false: Is it illegal to have a generating asset not connected to the grid? The Task Force weighs in, on everything from utility overreach to building codes and more
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What we’re reading + listening to
ICYMI, The New York Times published a profile on the emergence of the Decarb Bro, both on Twitter and in the physical world. The piece highlights the broader strokes of the clean energy abundance movement and platforms the perspectives of non-doomer climate-caring people for what feels like the first time in the mainstream media. Check out the article if you haven’t yet.
However, the NYTimes piece was not without it’s shortcomings. Among several gaps and confusing conflations, the monthly New York meetup was referenced with no clear link back to the DER Task Force. Want to get the full story? Listen to Colleen, Duncan and James dish on the latest episode of the pod.
Peruse the full job board, or check out some highlights below!
Fermata Energy is hiring an embedded firmware engineer to help scale up it’s V2G product. The team needs help developing firmware for its V2G chargers and integrating with 3rd party chargers. Reach out to Jack Pfeiffer to learn more!
Voltus is hiring a Senior Manager focused on Product Partnerships to build and own partnerships with DERs companies, including electric vehicles, energy storage, and controllable loads. Interested? Reach out to Dana Guernsey for the details.
Scale Microgrid Solutions is hiring a Project Analyst to support its business development team turn opportunities into innovative, high-performing, and bankable projects ready for construction. If you want to learn more, reach out to Duncan Campbell!
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DER of the Month
The wearable microgrid from UCSD! According to the team of researchers, the wearable “harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics […] All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing.”
Not sure how controllable this load is…thoughts?
— DER Task Force Leadership Team
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