The State of Energy 2018 — A Poem

NX Drive

Major disruptions in the world,

LEDs growing like rice,

If you pause for just a moment,

You will see solar twinkling your eyes,

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But the panel wasn’t meant to be alone,

It’s intermittency a burden all its own,

Not even counting O&M,

Which is now becoming digitized,

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No we had to craft a perfect companion,

Something worthy of a medallion,

Able to power a whole wide city,

In an Aliso Canyon notice of time,

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So we made energy storage in its image,

Perfectly suited to its varying load lineage,

Flattening peak capacity in the twilight evening,

Making the duck no longer upright or justified,

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So moments are passing and utilities are gasping,

Wondering what might actually stay and be lasting,

In this breakneck change of infrastructure,

Not even their meters can pause for a rhyme,

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Meanwhile the roads are filling with Teslas,

Other auto companies with EV agendas,

Using fast DC-charging and autonomous systems,

Something grandma could even ride,

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Yes we have ushered in a deeptech era,

Innovations coming both east/west of the Sierras,

Universities pumping entrepreneurs and students,

Starting investment vehicles on the side,

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VC dollars are bowing to corporate ballers,

Angel callers becoming Crowdfunding hollers,

Tax equity investors befriending merchant developers,

And ARPA-E just barely staying alive,

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But who can predict what will finally stick,

Everything seems to be changing on a click,

Actually on a tweet to be more specific,

These times are interesting no lie.