Episode 137: Greener plastics, electrifying everything and (yes) another blockchain app
Week in Review
Tune in around 6:09 for a roundup of news.
Not your average tech incubator (16:50)
Accelerator Plug and Play, one of the rare Silicon Valley technology incubation initiatives with an explicit focus on clean power and sustainability, this week hosted a demonstration event featuring close to 30 startups. We chat about several that captured our attention.
Southern California Edison's decarbonization strategy (23:30)
The utility's master plan includes electrifying infrastructure (such as ports), supporting the transition to zero emissions transportation alternatives and finding ways to handle heating and other thermal applications with renewable energy. We catch up with Jill Anderson, vice president of customer programs and services for SCE, at a conference hosted this week by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Can blockchain encourage regenerative agriculture? (29:30)
Regen Network, one of 19 startups that will be featured in the VERGE Accelerate fast-pitch program in October at VERGE 18, is developing a platform that uses blockchain technology to help verify that farmers or agribusinesses are engaging in certain practices that could help improve soil health or even aid with carbon sequestration. CEO Gregory Landua talks about several potential applications.
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