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Houston is uniquely ready for the energy transition, Rice University research finds

A new study declares that Houston boasts the talent pool, tax advantages, and business-friendly environment to lead in energy transitions. Photo via Getty Images

These days, the term "green energy" has quickly evolved from a potential new resource avenue to political lighting rod — especially in Houston. But now, a new report suggests that the nation's oil and gas leader could be primed to be a green leader.

Houston's "energy capital of the world" status is here to stay — no matter the type of energy — says a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study declares that Houston boasts the talent pool, tax advantages, and business-friendly environment to lead in energy transitions.

"With the Port of Houston consistently ranked the nation's largest for waterborne tonnage, foreign imports and vessel transits, Houston has earned its stripes as a global epicenter for logistics and complex supply chain operations," Rice's Ken Medlock notes.

"Managing supply chains, handling materials and deep expertise in chemistry and engineering are all skill sets that drive the oil and gas industry, and they form the basis of Houston's comparative advantage. All are transferable, and will remain important for the development and delivery of all energy services."

The Bayou City is actually "well-positioned" to pioneer the continuing evolution of the global energy system, the study continues.

Public perception aside, Texas is already prepared for the green energy transition, Medlock continues, offering up these stats:

Texas already has more wind capacity than any other state (more than 26 percent of the entire U.S.), and the Lone Star State is home to almost 10 percent of the nation's installed solar capacity and 10 percent of the nation's installed battery capacity

Texas currently accounts for 20 percent of the nation's total non-hydro renewable power capacity, despite only accounting for only 11 percent of the nation's total installed generation capacity.

"This means Texas is ranked No. 1 in wind capacity, No. 2 in battery capacity and No. 3 in solar capacity among every state in the U.S., which puts Texas at the top of all states in terms of installed green power technology capacity," says Medlock.

More on the report can be found here.

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This article originally ran on CultureMap.

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Building Houston

 
 

Houston-based HighRadius has launched a new platform. Photo via Getty Images

Houston-based HighRadius — which recently hit $1 billion valuation, reaching unicorn status — has launched a new learning platform.

Highako Academy by HighRadius, launched the platform to help credit and collections teams build certain skills faster. Highako features over 650 expert-led videos, community forums, and resources. The new on-the-job training platform, which announced its launch this week, is used by more than 2,800 companies, according to a press release.

"Our customers have asked us for an online self-service learning platform, and that led us to launch highako.com as a beta platform last year," says HighRadius COO Urvish Vashi in the release. "With 10,000+ users on the platform and a vibrant partner ecosystem consisting of credit groups, collection agencies, attorneys and industry associations, we see this echoing a larger trend of millennials and Gen Z gravitating towards microlearning platforms."

In honor of the launch of Highako Academy, the organization has announced plans for Credit SkillCon '21, a lunch-and-learn event from June 16 to July 20. The 53 live workshops, panel discussions, and on-demand sessions will focus on topics including negotiations, credit risk assessment, bankruptcy litigation, collections strategy and more. .

"We continually hear from members about wanting more and different educational options," says Jon Flora, president and CEO of NACM Business Credit Service. "The last year has changed much about how we answer this call, and now we have a solution. We are the first NACM affiliate to partner with Highako Academy."

HighRadius and its AI-powered SaaS technology, which streamlines accounts-receivable and cash-management processes, are growing fast. The company, which processes over $2.23 trillion in receivables transactions annually, per the release, raised $300 million in March. At the time of that raise, HighRadius, founded in 2006, employed more than 1,000 people around the world — and was hiring.

"Our goal has always been to build a long-lasting business that outlasts all of us," Sashi Narahari, founder and CEO of HighRadius, said in the news release. "I look forward to working with [our] high-quality, long-term investors, who share a common vision of transforming the office of the CFO using a combination of artificial intelligence built on top of connected-finance workspaces and embedded analytics."

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