Wesley Dunn, Co-op Student
Tomorrow is my last day of a work term at Energy Revolution Services and I would like to provide my perspective as a newcomer to the clean energy sector.
I started my career as a Petroleum Engineering Technologist and worked in that field for four years as a supervisor for an oil and gas services company. I gained a lot of valuable experience, along with many useful skills, but ultimately my passion was not in the oil and gas industry.
My passion was elsewhere, but how would I find it?
Our most successful clients are those that keep an open mind. They frequently receive pleasant surprises. But we also pride ourselves on steering clients away from projects that won't work. If a project simply isn't going to meet a client's goals, there is no benefit in sugar-coating the news.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen disruption on a scale few of us have seen in our lifetime. This may prompt many to think about how to be more self-sufficient during future upheavals.
Using my own household, this article illustrates the challenges involved in energy self-sufficiency. But this could easily apply to businesses, buildings, or industrial sites.
It can be daunting to think how big a task sits ahead of us in making our energy system truly sustainable.
It’s only in the rear-view mirror that we see how far we’ve truly come, and the last decade has seen huge progress.
What do I see as some of the biggest breakthroughs of the last ten years?
An energy revolution is underway. Small businesses are now taking control of their energy costs by producing energy on their own. There’s no need to play second fiddle to big energy companies and be completely tied to a growing monthly bill.
This energy revolution isn’t just about solar – businesses are also taking advantage of geothermal, biomass, hydro, wind, or waste to energy.