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The Future of Energy: The Shift Towards Sustainability

Panelists and moderator on stage at a GREYT CULTURE event

Conversations on the Future of Energy with Innovation Experts

In a rapidly changing world, discussions about the future of energy have never been more critical. On June 23, 2023, atop the Electric Gardens rooftop in Cleveland, Ohio, a thought-provoking dialogue unfolded during the “Golden Hour Tech Talk.” This captivating conversation, moderated by BRITE’s Expert-in-Residence, Randy Cole, featured two prominent voices in the energy sector: Tony Frizone, CEO of CZAR Power, and Mike Foley, Sustainability Director at Cuyahoga County. The event delved into the transition from traditional energy sources to renewables, spotlighting the pivotal role of microgrids and distributed energy resources.

The talk kicked off with a poignant observation: our world is amid a profound energy transition. Tony Frizone, with his expertise from CZAR Power, emphasized that this transition isn’t just a trend; it’s a necessity. Fossil fuels are finite, and the environmental impact of traditional energy sources demands a shift towards sustainability. Renewable energy, powered by wind, solar, and other green sources, is at the forefront of this transformation.

Mike Foley echoed these sentiments, highlighting the importance of local solutions. Microgrids and distributed energy resources emerged as key players in the energy revolution. Microgrids are self-contained energy systems that can operate independently or in conjunction with the main grid. They offer resilience during outages and allow communities to harness renewable energy efficiently. Distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar panels, are making it possible for individuals and businesses to generate their own clean power and contribute to the grid.

The discussion wasn’t just about environmental benefits; it also addressed economic opportunities. As the energy landscape evolves, it opens doors for innovation and job creation. Communities that embrace clean energy can position themselves as leaders in sustainability and attract investment.

In conclusion, the “Golden Hour Tech Talk” in June 2023 offered a glimpse into an exciting and necessary future. Our transition to renewable energy sources is not just a shift in technology; it’s a shift in mindset and priorities. Microgrids and distributed energy resources will be pivotal in making this transition smoother, more sustainable, and economically beneficial for all. As we move forward, let us be inspired by these discussions to create a cleaner and more sustainable energy future collectively.

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