AT&T joins utility co-op to promote renewable energy

AT&T joins utility co-op to promote renewable energy

June 4, 2013 Off By Stephen Vagus

Renewable energy continues gaining ground in telecommunications

The telecommunications industry has been seeing a growing need to adopt renewable energy in recent years. Wireless networks are beginning to expand around the world in order to accommodate the demands of consumers that are getting their hands on new smartphones and tablets. This expansion requires a reliable source of energy, especially as network towers are being erected in remote locations that are not connected to any existing energy grid. This is why renewable energy systems are becoming more important to companies like AT&T, which has announced ambitious plans when it comes to the matter of renewable energy.

AT&T joins Duck River Electric Membership Corporation

AT&T has announced its intention to launch a new project with the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, a energy utility co-operative based in Tennessee that is comprised of more than 71,000 consumers. Through this project, AT&T will work to integrate smart meter technologies and other such tools into the co-op utility. This will enable the utility to begin establishing its own smart grid, an endeavor that is becoming increasingly important as renewable energy itself begins seeing more adoption.

Renewable Energy - AT&TSmart grids growing more important to renewable energy adoption

Smart grids are modernized energy infrastructures that are designed to be accommodating to renewable energy. Most of the world’s conventional energy grids are not designed to synergize well with renewable energy systems, thus much of the electrical power that these systems funnel to an existing infrastructure is lost. Smart grids introduce more efficiency to the matter of energy infrastructure and AT&T is one among several companies that are working to help support grid modernization.

Telecommunications industry becoming more reliant on clean energy systems

Renewable energy has, in the past, been attractive to the telecommunications industry because of the reliability it represents. Telecommunications companies have been showing favor for hydrogen fuel cells due to their acclaimed reliability. This reliability is vitally important to the expansion of new telecommunications networks, as a simple power outage could mean loss of service to thousands of consumers in any given part of the world.