Electrifying AI: A big deal

Earth Day offers an annual opportunity to reflect on and advance climate action, but this year’s observance brought with it some big news. Among other aims, the Biden Administration announced that the United States will target reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. Other initiatives were announced around how to help developing countries establish net-zero strategies, how to transform the transportation sector and how to harness the potential of solar, wind and energy storage — among many others. That leaves the electricity industry with plenty to talk about and plenty to do. On this episode of Electrifying AI, Dr. Joe Nyangon, a senior industry consultant for power and utilities innovation here at SAS, joins us to break down the news and examine how the energy and utilities sector can move forward.

Earth Day offers an annual opportunity to reflect on and advance climate action, but this year’s observance brought with it some big news. Among other aims, the Biden Administration announced that the United States will target reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. Other initiatives were announced around how to help developing countries establish net-zero strategies, how to transform the transportation sector and how to harness the potential of solar, wind and energy storage — among many others. That leaves the electricity industry with plenty to talk about and plenty to do. On this episode of Electrifying AI, Dr. Joe Nyangon, a senior industry consultant for power and utilities innovation here at SAS, joins us to break down the news and examine how the energy and utilities sector can move forward. Plus, Joe gives us his pick for our new Electrifying AI playlist on Spotify! Listen to his suggestion here, then make your recommendations for a song by tweeting @TheElectricSal. We just might include your pick and send you some Electrifying AI swag to say thanks. Learn more at sas.com/utilities and check out additional episodes of Electrifying AI at sas.transistor.fm or on your favorite podcast platform.
 
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About our guest:
  • With more than 15 years of experience in the energy sector, Joe Nyangon leads the design and development of advanced analytics solutions targeting decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization domains at SAS. Joe was previously a postdoctoral researcher in energy economics and engineering systems at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware. Before that, he was a consultant at the United Nations in New York and is a TED fellow. Joe earned a PhD from the University of Delaware and holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and the University of Greenwich. He’s an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, the United States Association for Energy Economics, the International Association for Energy Economics, and Project Management Institute.
 
About our host:
  • Sal Gill heads digital strategy and market innovation for SAS Energy & Utilities. He has worked for major energy companies and seen firsthand how electricity transforms lives, from bringing power to remote communities to pioneering innovations that will accelerate renewable technologies. As the global community continues to seek alternatives to satisfy its appetite for energy, Sal is constantly searching for new ideas that take advantage of both the electric grid, known as the largest machine humans have ever built, and the greatest enabler of our time, data analytics.
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