Correcting Misinformation about Green Button in Ontario
Utilismart, UtilityAPI and Screaming Power are working together, along with Ontario Utilities, to establish a Green Button MYTH BUSTERS campaign to ensure Ontario’s energy data sharing strategy meets our Ministry of Energy’s timeline and is implemented effectively. We believe the best way to implement Green Button in Ontario is to be clear on what Green Button means for Ontario Electricity and Natural Gas Utilities, market software vendors, third parties, Ontario ratepayers, and end-users.
In the coming weeks, we will be providing FAQs on our websites and other venues in an engaging and hopefully entertaining way to explain the misconceptions in Ontario’s Green Button implementation to reduce energy costs. The province of Ontario is looking to find ways to use this data standardization regulation to create jobs and educate Ontario’s energy consumers.
An Easier, Less Expensive Green Button
We recognize that simplifying technical implementations, standardized/secure data management and evolving the best practices for customer experience can get monotonous, and this is why we bring you the Green Button MYTH BUSTERS campaign. As we move past COVID-19 and implement digitization through Green Button, we will help Utilities reduce implementation costs and kick-off Ontario’s energy digitization party. An implementation strategy that keeps Utility costs down and clarifies a complex process is the most important step to creating a stronger relationship between the Utility, their vendors, the ratepayer, and innovation.
Rely on Experts to Claim a Place at the Head of the Line for Green Button Certification
Our FAQs will help our Ontario energy ecosystem effectively grow. Education will allow Utilities to understand better the critical steps required to achieve their goals and create a more robust economy. The FAQs will provide valuable information on the GBA certification process and help Utilities clarify their unique role as the only party required to be Green Button certified in Ontario. As of this date, full Ontario certification at the Green Button Alliance is not ready yet. Ontario Utility vendors are not able to conduct the Green Button NEASB 3.3 certification at this time. According to the Green Button Alliance, the certification processes and services will be available to Ontario utilities soon, so Utilities should start getting in line to be certified before November 1, 2023. To mitigate the certification-related risks, Utilities should work with Subject Matter Experts that truly understand the process and have relevant experience. Our core technologies are built utilizing the highest degree of Green Button expertise. Our Green Button Toolset is a mature, robust solution that exceeds the minimum GBA 3.3 certification for Utilities in North America.
Full certification is the only option for Ontario Utilities. Our team brings certification and integration expertise to large and small utilities to enable informed decisions while saving time and money. Our core Green Button solution already has more than 1500 third parties connected to it. This provides additional data-driven value to utility customers. We bring education and tools to the third-party market to support Ontario-made solutions and assist in achieving Ontario's overall short- and long-term energy, digitization and cost reduction goals.
Utilities in Ontario will require assistance in implementing Green Button data-sharing capability, including education, planning, integration, security, testing and deployment. Our FAQs will facilitate collaboration and encourage information sharing between all interested parties. Utilities that adopted NEASB ESPI 3.2 standard or have been offering Green Button "DMD" Download my Data in their customer engagement tools are required to use NEASB ESPI 3.3 standard adoption, which requires solution changes and the implementation of new data sharing concepts. These changes imply that existing data and user interfaces will evolve and will start utilizing innovative technologies by November 1, 2023.
The new NEASB ESPI 3.3 standard brings excellent opportunities for simplified third-party data publishing and engagement, independent from legacy customer engagement portals. Our FAQs will be offering Ontario a way to demystify Ontario’s Green Button efforts to ensure a robust, transparent and competitive rollout.
We are starting our MYTH BUSTERS campaign tour by explaining the Green Button digitization game and offering Utilities a no-myth way to understand how their specific billing system plays a part in the overall solution. As part of the campaign, we are offering an accessible forum to see the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) Industry-Led Working Group (IWG) evolving actions. This Working Group meets multiple times a week to help plan the Green Button rollout requirements.
We understand that this planning is time-consuming and costly to manage for anyone working on Ontario's digitization efforts. As a result, we are offering a set of FAQs provided to the Ontario Energy Market through the OEB IWG meetings. These FAQs can be found on OEB's website, but we want you to have easy access to them as they are the building blocks that come out of our industry-led collaboration. You can see these FAQs at www.greenbuttonontario.ca. Check our sites and socials at the end of each week for FAQ updates.
To learn more or talk to us, please visit our Partners’ websites.
Independent Audit Verifies UtilityAPI’s Internal Controls and Processes
Oakland, CA – UtilityAPI, a software company that provides secure, standardized, authorized access to utility data, today announced that it has completed its SOC 2 Type II audit, performed by KirkpatrickPrice. This attestation provides evidence that UtilityAPI has a strong commitment to security and to delivering high-quality services to its clients by demonstrating that they have the necessary internal controls and processes in place to protect private data.
A SOC 2 audit provides an independent, third-party validation that an organization’s information security practices meet industry standards stipulated by the AICPA. During the audit, an organization’s non-financial reporting controls as they relate to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of a system are tested. The SOC 2 report delivered by KirkpatrickPrice verifies the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of UtilityAPI’s controls to meet the standards for these criteria.
“Every day, UtilityAPI’s customers trust us with their private data. Undergoing a SOC 2 audit is one way we can show them their trust in us is both warranted and appreciated,” said Daniel Roesler, UtilityAPI’s founder and Chief Technology Officer.
“The SOC 2 audit is based on the Trust Services Criteria,” said Joseph Kirkpatrick, President of KirkpatrickPrice. “UtilityAPI delivers trust-based services to their clients, and by communicating the results of this audit, their clients can be assured of their reliance on UtilityAPI’s controls.”
UtilityAPI provides the fast, easy, secure energy data that everyone in the new energy economy needs. Our customers — utilities, clean energy companies, and other technology providers — use us every day to exchange energy usage data. Customers rely on UtilityAPI data for building benchmarking, ESG reporting, feasibility analyses, quote generation, asset management, and measurement and verification. UtilityAPI is building the data network for a cleaner, more resilient energy sector. UtilityAPI.com.
KirkpatrickPrice is a licensed CPA firm, PCI QSA, and a HITRUST CSF Assessor, registered with the PCAOB, providing assurance services to over a thousand clients in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The firm has more than a decade of experience in information security by performing assessments, audits, and tests that strengthen information security practices and internal controls. KirkpatrickPrice most commonly performs assessments on SOC 1, SOC 2, PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITRUST CSF, GDPR, ISO 27001, FISMA, and FERPA frameworks, as well as advanced-level penetration testing. For more information, visit www.kirkpatrickprice.com.
UtilityAPI, Screaming Power and Utilismart Corporation have teamed up to offer the Ontario marketplace a proven Green Button toolset managed and operated in Canada. These three partners have decades of experience and deep expertise in the energy sector. They’re offering the Ontario energy marketplace a mature product that satisfies the demands of the Ontario Government’s mandate.
The team is looking to streamline utility adoption. They have made it as easy as possible for utilities to seamlessly fold this toolset into their existing offerings through whatever channel the utility prefers. The Ontario Green Button toolset can be an add-on to Screaming Power’s Scream Utility and Utilismart Corporation’s Settlement Manager, C&I Energy Manager and Consumer Engagement Platform products and other existing portals. Or, it can stand alone as a Green Button toolset, to be used in conjunction with existing utility customer engagement systems.
Gianni knew three things. First, he knew his friend, Trevor. Second, he knew their history of playing jokes on each other. So when UtilityAPI offered him a job and he knew we would be making the same offer to Trevor, the third thing became apparent: he knew he could really mess with his friend.
After we spoke to Gianni, Trevor was the first person he texted to share the news. The fake, bad news.
“We didn’t get the jobs,” Trevor remembers Gianni telling him. They commiserated. And then it was time for Trevor to talk to UtilityAPI, prepared to hear that we weren’t hiring him.
So you can imagine Trevor’s happy shock when, to the contrary, we instead offered to hire him (as well as Gianni). Good one! Gianni has no regrets. “I think it was worth it. He has played jokes on me before. He’ll get me back. I’m not sure how, but he will.”
“Me and Trevor have an ongoing joke that we’re actually the same person. We’ve worked so many jobs together and have such similar interests, shared Gianni (or was it...Trevor?)” Both men love fashion — streetwear in particular. Both are passionate about music. And now they’ll both get to continue together doing the thing that they are also both very good at: helping to get utility data.
When Gianni was little, he had two career dreams: to be a doctor, or to work at Papa John’s with his aunt, Rachel, his favorite person. Later, he thought he might be an electrical engineer. In fact, he wanted to build solar panels. However, once he got through basic math and electro physics, building circuits allowed him to realize it wasn’t the right career path for him. But he did like his programming classes a lot because they gave him an opportunity to solve problems.
Trevor took a more meandering path through his early schooling, showing up late or cutting class entirely. It was only when he found his school’s work program — part online school, part work — that things changed. Through an internship program, he found his way to web development. He also loves science fiction. “I love the premise: alien worlds with advanced technology! World building!”
For Gianni, the best part of working for UtilityAPI so far is the work culture. “Everyone is super nice. I never feel overwhelmed. I used to, at my last job, Me and Trevor had to do everything. It’s nice to not be in charge of everything. I’ve never had a bad interaction with anyone. Everyone unique and different in their own way. And they all live all over the place. I really like the mission statement. The reason I went to school was that I really care about sustainability and being environmentally friendly. I’m able to make an impact through software development.”
For Trevor, the best part is the learning environment at UtilityAPI. “On pretty much all projects I have worked on in the past it’s been like the wild west, where there's no coding standards or practices or organization. Here, there is a very clear and defined path of how to program and organize everything. It's definitely helped me improve so much as a programmer. And the help everybody provides with learning how to solve the issues at hand is invaluable. I've learned more in these past eight weeks than I think I ever have.”
We’re glad to have both of these developers working together with us (and can’t wait to see the next installment of the joke).
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At electronic dance music shows (pre-pandemic), Adam Straub, UtilityAPI’s newest senior developer, was a glover. Often, the kilted glover.
Why gloving? Why kilt? (Why has no one named their band “The Kilted Glovers”?) “Because it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great feeling to watch someone become hypnotized by a light show, and know you’re making their night just a bit better. [At shows] no one really questions why you’re wearing a kilt, plus they’re fun to dance in.”
Gloving is a kind of dance in which the dancer wears gloves with fingertip light-emitting diodes. The gloves accentuate the movements. It’s mesmerizing. People gather around when a glover performs because it’s just so joyful.
And that joy is passed from performer to spectator, which is how Adam got started. “When I first started going to live EDM shows, I got a light show from somebody. It made my night. It was so cool. Watching him just be able to flow with the music. I wanted to share that same happiness with other people. It absolutely thrills me to do it,” he explains.
What else rounds out his free time? Mostly anime, movies, and gaming (quite a bit of gaming, alongside his fiancee). Adam claims his mantle of nerdiness with pride. I can almost hear him smile as he relates that in high school, “I was just as nerdy!” But that nerdiness did not initially take him in the direction of computer science.
Originally, he gravitated toward a legal career. He even went to a special academy in Virginia Beach dedicated to legal studies. That school put the young students through their paces, expecting them to use law school-level texts to learn basic legal concepts in addition to learning all the usual high school stuff.
The summer between his junior and senior years, he completed one of the program’s capstones — a forty-hour internship at a local law firm That’s where he realized — and there is no gentle way of saying this — how boring being a lawyer was. “Out of the forty hours, we were in a courtroom for a total of maybe two hours, which was split between two partners. I realized that you only end up spending less than 5% of your time in the courtroom when you’re a partner. But for your first five plus years, you might not even see the inside of a courtroom.”
The young Adam who returned to high school for his senior year needed to find a new focus. He didn’t know what to do next. But in a daring ploy to avoid taking Calculus BC with a teacher he didn’t like, he took AP Computer Science, which is where he fell in love with programming.
The rest fell into place like it does for many in tech. After a few stints in various colleges, the siren song of earning good money at a real job proved irresistible. “At this point, I‘ve been working in the industry for almost a decade.”
Adams first project was building out features for our Green Button product for CCAs, munis and IOUs to share data with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. This project lets municipal utilities and their customers more easily meet their energy efficiency benchmarking initiatives. Now he’s working on expanding that project into two new products to be added to UtilityAPIs offerings: CityStar and UtilityStar. New product info to follow soon - use the button below to sign up for our monthly-ish newsletter.
Internal tools are a great way for a software company like ours to track performance metrics. We look to those metrics to give us important information about how satisfied you, our customers, are with us and our products. But it can be hard for a scrappy startup like UtilityAPI to allocate precious engineering resources to get an internal data tool built.
Enter our new intern, Esteban Sanchez. Thanks to his work this summer, UtilityAPI’s about to get a new dashboard that will track our performance data and report the results. He has only just started, but for now, he says, “This is a very big learning experience for me. I'm learning a lot about web technologies and the technological infrastructure required to run a company.”
We hope he’s also seeing a potential viable career path for himself. Our industry needs to start including historically underestimated and excluded people. “We know that diversity is good for business. Right now, we’re not doing a good enough job building the diverse teams that we need, so we’re coming together to amplify the demand for diverse voices in this industry,” said our CEO, Devin Hampton.
Last summer, Devin launched Edict along with Jason Michaels of Leap. Devin was tired of being the only black person in the room at conferences. On LinkedIn, he wrote, “I also hope to see the “financing the next phase” panel being led by black and brown people. And if your company doesn’t have a black or brown person who can lead that panel, I suggest you think about why that is and take some action.” Edict came to life as a part of that action — not just a statement of values, but an action plan for our entire industry to get more people of color on paths to leadership roles.
This spring, Elemental Excelerator took over Edict stewardship, as part of their Equity is Dynamic community of practice. They partnered with CELI to launch a summer internship program. And now, we have Edict to thank for bringing Esteban to us. “The Edict Summer Internship Program is designed to provide Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and underrepresented students with paid, full-time 10-week internship opportunities in the clean energy and climate tech sector with companies and organizations that are actively building a diverse team and an inclusive working environment.” That’s (still) us!
Welcome, Esteban, in particular, and welcome to the entire CELI Edict Internship 2021 cohort. We're glad to see you. We need you in this industry.
By guest contributor Ravi Mikkelsen, co-founder of Atmos Financial — financing the rapid transition to a clean economy for all.
The Biden administration is shaping up to be the strongest climate change-fighting administration this country has ever had. They’re proposing The American Jobs Plan (AJP), a $2T proposal to invest in our country’s infrastructure. Some in the climate community say the proposal doesn’t go far enough. But let us also remember that the best time to fight climate change is right now. A good plan executed now with urgency is better than a perfect plan that Congress likely will dither over and fail to pass.
So let’s have a look at a few things in the infrastructure bill for you climate entrepreneurs to get excited about:
The simple truth is that most of us work on or with infrastructure. At Atmos Financial, we are working to finance a shift in the infrastructure of our energy, housing, transportation and food. UtilityAPI needs the infrastructure of both the energy and telecom industries to provide the rest of us with the data we need to better serve our customers and accelerate their transition away from fossil fuels. Software to speed data sharing IS infrastructure.
Electric Vehicles (which are also… infrastructure!)
We’ve almost passed the inflection point in the transition from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electric. Over the past decade, battery packs have dramatically come down in price, falling 88% since 2010. Cheaper batteries have brought down the price of EVs. And more and more people are interested in developing and driving electric vehicles.
Turns out, not only do EVs, e-bikes, cars, buses, trucks and other service vehicles move us and our goods around, they can serve as valuable energy backups for our homes and buildings. They also preserve grid resources though load shifting. The American Jobs Plan (AJP) will provide $174B to electrify the Federal fleet, electrify 20% of school buses and 50k diesel transit vehicles, as well as provide 500k public charging stations.
This is a fraction of what we need. However, if corporations and individual actors follow suit, it may be enough to drop an EV’s sticker price below ICE vehicles. The rolling computer-controlled battery packs we think of as EVs will produce exabytes of data. It’s true that they’ll need sophisticated software to make them as efficient as possible while controlling charging and discharging. But they’ll also not only leave our air cleaner as we move about in them, they could also help us avoid both blackouts and needing to build additional methods of generating energy.
Modernizing the electric grid through equity (yep, infrastructure!)
The electric grid is fundamental to our modern lives, giving us light, heat, transportation, and entertainment. But the process of deciding where to locate electric generating plants has been deeply racist. And the subsequent process of actually generating electricity has caused considerable harm, primarily to Black, low-income, and marginalized communities.
Widening our scope to the world at large: in the US, we’ve reaped the benefits of the combustion of fossil fuels, at the expense of the global South. Fossil fuel combustion is the primary driver of global warming, which is adversely affecting those countries more than ours as well.
In order to halt climate change, we need to take two main actions: 1) switch from fossil fuel electricity generation to zero carbon options and 2) electrify all of our machines.
The AJP includes $100B for modernizing our electrical grid including adding more high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission lines. These lines will allow regions to better transfer electricity from where it's generated to where it's needed (eg CA solar to TX during the recent winter storm or TX wind & WA hydro to CA during the last wildfire season). In order to retire more fossil fuel plants more quickly and create the most renewable energy generation on the grid, we’ll again need powerful software to control the flow of electrons around the country.
Closing the digital divide: high-speed broadband is infrastructure (!)
While our energy runs increasingly over electrical lines (replacing fuel tanks and gas pipes), the data for these devices lags behind. It still runs through phone, cable, and fiber lines before being broadcast through a wireless router. Our entertainment, our work, and lately, even our schooling is also conducted over the internet.
The pandemic-influenced rapid switch to online everything has laid bare another stark contrast and inequality in this country. In order to participate fully in our modern economy, you need access to high-speed internet. Yet as many as 30M Americans still lack access, including 30% of rural areas, both tribal and non-tribal lands. In urban areas, Black and Latinx communities are less likely to be connected than those in majority white areas.
The AJP provides $100B to close this digital divide. It asks for 100% coverage for high-speed internet access, promotes transparency and competition and lowers the cost of internet service. The climate community should care about this for several reasons:
The time to care about infrastructure is now
Overall, the AJP is perhaps the single biggest plan for climate action put forward by the Federal government. But that’s not how the Biden administration is selling it. They’re resolutely talking about how infrastructure = jobs. Infrastructure and jobs are two of the most bipartisan topics we have. They help every community, which means each Senator and Congressional Representative can take credit for the benefits.
The AJP will help put people back to work, will drive down the costs for renewable energy and electrification, and will bring more people into the modern economy and education system. Let’s support it, and do our part to further accelerate the equitable transition to a planet that can support us all.
This post was collaboratively written with guest contributor Ravi Mikkelsen, co-founder of the just-launched climate positive banking startup Atmos.
“We cannot achieve 100% clean energy unless 100% of the people have clean energy.”
— Danny Kennedy, Chief Energy Officer, New Energy Nexus
Upper income homeowners in just a handful of states reap the benefits of residential clean electrification in the United States. We’re shocked, shocked.
Even if tomorrow, the Residential Solar Fairy were to wave a magic wand and drop the price of resi solar by 30-50%, over half of Americans would still not be able to put solar on their roofs.
Sobering. But also, what a massive business opportunity for energy justice-minded clean tech companies.
To make solar available to renters and middle/lower wealth homeowners, we’re going to need more creative financing solutions. Here’s our review of several ideas about how to pay for the equitable distribution of residential solar in a future we’d want to live in.
Members of a community — loosely defined — can choose to pay for and and use a community solar installation. The group can be apartment complex renters, a collection of neighborhood houses, or even people spread across a city. Owners of a community solar garden “plot” don’t need to own their own home. That opens up the possibility of solar power to a lot more people.
However, that community still has to pay for the installation, which usually requires them to get a loan. Loan underwriters use FICO scores, which reflect and reinforce existing systemic racism, to underwrite the costs. But they don't have to.
EnergyScore — an alternative to FICO score
Consider “EnergyScore” by Solstice, a hybrid clean tech startup with both not-for-profit and for-profit arms. EnergyScore considers multiple variables, including utility bill repayment to determine who is most likely not to default on their loan. Solstice claims positive early results: “Customer data suggest that it represents a 40% accuracy improvement over FICO in predicting utility bill payment behaviors and is 10% more inclusive of LMI [Low to Moderate Income] households.”
A new pair of financing solutions could be coming down the pipe from the just launched banking startup ATMOS Financial.
Blended capital refers to a combination of for-profit and not-for-profit capital in order to make lending to subprime and LMI households less risky. By using not-for-profit capital as a hedge against loan default in a loan loss reserve fund, the for-profit lender can keep the rates on these loans affordable. The not-for-profit arm essentially assumes the risk, to promote the greater societal good. As soon as blended capital loans gain traction, the data they produce about default rates can help other financiers price their loans more fairly and accurately, thus accelerating an inclusive clean energy transition.
Property owners are the ones required to sign contracts for PV system installation and financing. That simple fact has prevented most renter-occupants from transitioning to clean energy, because reaching an agreement between the owner, the renter and the financing institution was so difficult. Enter ATMOS Financial, to broker these tri-party agreements.
The financial institution makes the loan to a homeowner on behalf of a tenant. The tenant agrees to pay the monthly loan costs, which will be less than their monthly utility bill. The new electricity bill, with solar (which the tenant pays) will be significantly less than the old electricity bill; the tenant and the property owner split the savings. That savings will ease both parties’ cash flows and give property owners a cushion to cover the bills between tenants.
Utility on-bill financing could work for homeowners, renters, and high- middle- or low-income borrowers. This solution is new to residential solar, though other energy efficiency programs have long used it. Utilities manage the financing and construction of the energy upgrade project. They bill the consumer via a monthly charge directly on the utility bill.
Since the utility has access to low-cost, longer-term capital, the monthly payments will be less than what the resident was previously paying. Regardless of FICO scores, residents who were already paying their bills are unlikely to stop paying them post-installation. Homeowner-landlords are still responsible for payments if there is no tenant. But they now own a more valuable property, without spending a dime upfront. Everyone wins.
Want to know more about on-bill financing? Check out the Building Decarbonization Coalition’s recently released white paper.
100% of the people will never have clean energy until we solve the issues of accessibility and affordability. These solutions will push us toward that goal, but not all the way. There are no cutoff dates in stopping climate change. No point at which we can say, “We’re all good!” It’s more like a continuum — every 0.1 degree of temperature rise that we avoid removes energy from the climate system that will otherwise cause future harm.
We don’t need one perfect answer — we can use all of these solutions. We need people to apply the full force of our collective brain power to finding more solutions like these. And we need to keep going.
Everyone in the energy ecosystem needs easy access to secure data from a system that actually works.That's UtilityAPI
UtilityAPI is growing, but we’re still a compact organization. Every new person we hire has a noticeable effect on who we are as a company. Strong hires are key to our success, and thus, to yours. Meet our latest great hire, Kaleb Smart. Want to talk to someone about getting high quality data for your clean energy projects? Contact us!
It’s tempting to make a little joke about names and destiny. But while true in this case, that’s simply not the most noticeable thing about Kaleb Smart, UtilityAPI’s new Senior Software Engineer. It’s his unique blend of leadership laced with kindness. There’s so much power there. Kaleb isn’t afraid to step in and claim it.
Kaleb went to the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH), hoping to study computer science. UAH is known as Alabama’s aerospace engineering program, a feeder school to NASA. But to high school-aged Kaleb, it seemed like they also had a strong computer science program. It turns out they really only taught software engineering, so that’s what he studied, in addition to math and Russian.
No one Kaleb knew was going to UAH. So when he got to campus he did the thing he is known for — he stepped up as a leader to organize social activities that introduced like-minded students to each other. “From basically anywhere I’ve been, I’ve tried to organize after seeing a void of a particular thing,” Kaleb affirmed.
Like many who find their way to software development, one of the things that most interested him at the time was PC gaming. Once a semester, his group organized a gaming night. They rented the event center and invited all interested students to come. The biannual events were always a high success, so, with Kaleb’s help, they set their sights a notch higher — why not meet more often?
His group ended up creating a series of individual gaming clubs that brought people together on Tuesday nights for gaming nights. Students brought their laptops. Only it turned out that some couldn’t participate, because they didn’t own a personal computer. That wouldn’t do.
Kaleb’s group requested and got money from the University to buy computers, download games and have them ready for people to use. From there, they wrangled their own space, dedicated to PC and console gaming. The space teemed with people from different social groups, intermingling, having a great time.
Besides the fun and friends, it’s the power of community that Kaleb remembers. “UAH’s administration saw that there were a lot of students interested. They were like, yeah, let’s give them more money. That you can get something as stingy as a university to spend money on you, that shows there’s power there.”
These days, when he’s not organizing the real world into someplace kinder and more friendly, he can often be found organizing rounds of Dungeons and Dragons, which also gives him an outlet for his interest in improvisational acting and art. “As a dungeon master, I was very into miniature painting. I’d spend a lot of time painting 3d models I had printed. Because of COVID, we don’t get to play in person anymore. My art supplies are in storage. But we still play online.”
In addition to spending his time fighting climate change through the exchange of data at UtilityAPI, Kaleb does a lot of tutoring and mentoring. “That eureka moment when someone actually gets something. That look on their face. That awe of curiosity and inspiration… it’s the best.”
Congratulations for making it through 2020, everyone. I’m claiming it!
And thank you, everyone, for your continued commitment to Edict's mission to bring measurable progress in diversity and inclusion to clean tech. Many of you have responded with ideas for connections and resources. Thank you for being an enthusiastic part of this effort!
We envision this to be a community of practice
Your response to our launch this past summer has fueled our dedication this past fall to finding a home for this movement that can catalyze Edict into a community of practice where we will take action together, support each other on implementation, and track progress along the way.
Our vision is for this to be a fully functioning community of practice for our companies to share information and build on each others’ knowledge as we operationalize what it takes to build a diverse workforce at our startups.
Edict’s new home: Elemental Excelerator
While we’re still looking for funding partners so that we can staff this effort, we have news to share with more info to come in the new year! In partnership with Elemental Excelerator, through their Equity & Access track, we will move forward with Edict as a new community of practice for any 'climate-tech company' working across energy, food/ag, mobility, water, and circular economy. The mission of Elemental's Equity & Access track is to leverage climate startups for social equity and we're excited to operationalize this through this new initiative.
One small ask: Can you host an intern next year?
As with all things, Edict will continue to evolve. Pending funding for staff, our first initiative will be in partnership with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) internship placement in 2021. Through this program,CELI will recruit and provide cohort support, mentorship, and clean energy training to prospective interns throughout their placement. More on this soon.
In the meantime, we’re assembling a list of companies to help us in our funding conversations. Our goals:
Hope this winter holiday allows time to rest & re-energize,
Devin & the Elemental team
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