26 Aug /14

The French Among Us

Though energy is being utilized more efficiently than ever before and technology is helping us to harness energy resources at levels unthinkable 20 years ago, the fact remains that energy remains a precious community. While some parts of the world have entered post-industrial economic stages requiring less energy, others are just growing into their full economic potential and will consume more energy in the foreseeable future. All the while domestic energy consumption around the globe is up and will continue to increase as countries such as China and India are producing a quickly growing affluent middle class. In an effort to combat shortages and ensure energy independence, U.S. officials have implemented a diverse strategy that includes increasing grid efficiency, promoting domestic gas and petroleum production, as well as increasing the development and production of green energy. In the next ten years, the U.S. will invest $91 billion on power transmission upgrades and is on path to add 6-10,000 megawatts of new renewable energy every year.

While addressing U.S. energy concerns with a multi-facetted approach is certainly the right idea, some of the solutions are coming from outside the country too, notably from France. Most people are probably familiar with the highly publicized GE-Alstom merger which will see Alstom benefit from GE’s transportation technology and GE benefit from Alstom’s energy technology; however, there are more players in this market than just Alstom. The French nuclear and renewable energy provider Areva supplies networking products to 60% of all US utilities. Additionally, EDF, better known as Electricite de France, through its subsidiaries, operates 110 renewable energy projects in 17 states and has a 25-year history of doing business in the U.S.

In a market where the last several years of buzz have revolved around domestic drilling, a Canadian pipeline, and Chinese solar panels, it appears that there is a solid and perhaps growing place for French ingenuity. To make the most of this opportunity, communication is key, especially accurate French translation services.

  • Considering that energy production and transmission are among the most highly regulated industries in the United States, communicating with regulatory officials is essential. Often an English or French translation of company documentation is required to enter the U.S. market.
  • Given the highly technical nature and engineering precision required in many of these projects, access to highly specialized and industry specific French translation experts is vital.
  • Finally, especially when considering the layers of partnership created by the GE-Alstom merger, being able to express concepts, ideas, and intra-company directives across languages is indispensable. An experienced and reliable French translation provider can help to ensure that nothing is lost in translation.

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