2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2017-10-22T17:56:20Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png craigshields <![CDATA[U.S. Ranks First in Some Amazing, If Disturbing, Categories]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=69039 2017-10-22T17:56:20Z 2017-10-22T17:53:44Z ]]> 0c53436ef7d27fbdde7bd3847322000aAs far as I can discern, Americans are unique in the world for their capacity to vote against their own interests. This is not some weird speculation; it’s a subject that has been thoroughly explored by people a heck of a lot smarter than I’ll ever be.  In fact, here are 33.9 million webpages on the topic.

Of course, the entire Trump phenomenon is a classic example. Trump supporters are far more likely than his detractors to suffer from his policies on taxation, healthcare, fiscal stimuli, public education, environmental pollution, labor, commerce, and war-making. Of course, this is all more than counterbalanced by his policy on not permitting the protest of police violence against blacks during the nation anthem, his penchant for belittling madmen with nuclear weapons, e.g., Little Rocket Man, and keeping people with dark skin out of our country.

Here’s something to consider along these lines: The U.S. is the only developed country in the Top 10 of deaths per capita from air and water pollution.  Incredibly, lots of American voters a) want to remove themselves and 22 million others from the healthcare roles by repealing the ACA, and then b) run a high risk of contracting a dread disease from the air they breathe and the water they drink.

If this lunacy exists in other parts of the world, I’m unaware of it.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Examining the Paradigm Shift To Renewable Energy]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=69032 2017-10-22T16:52:07Z 2017-10-22T16:44:53Z ]]> 1 (1)When I look at photos of U.S. cities taken in the early 20th Century, I like to guess the year before I look at the caption–and I’m almost always correct within a few years.  How?  The ratio of cars to horses, which changed dramatically in such very short period of time that it’s a piece of cake to tell the difference between, say, 1910 and 1915.

As we sit here 110 years later, we need to ask ourselves what we can expect in the coming decade or two vis-a-vis the transitions in energy and transportation–especially given the greatly accelerated pace at which technology is developing and cultural norms are changing compared to the old days.
Here’s a paper by global consulting organization Wood McKenzie, suggesting that renewable energy will replace fossil fuels far sooner than most people have predicted; its authors refer to renewables as the “Netflix of the energy sector.”
IMO, these people have nailed it.  There are no prevalent conditions that suggest a slow phase-in over half a century.  Efficiency solutions have lowered demand, the costs of solar and wind energy are plummeting, and, in most parts of the world, people actually care about the quality of the environment.  This is a paradigm shift that I predict will happen very quickly.
Btw, how did telephones landlines fare when cell phones got small and cheap?  Like ice cream on a hot day.
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craigshields <![CDATA[Rabid Devotee of Fossil Fuels To Lead the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=69023 2017-10-21T17:21:57Z 2017-10-21T17:19:42Z ]]> downloadIf you think Trump’s picks to develop and implement environmental policy couldn’t get worse, looks like you were wrong.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kathleen Hartnett White will lead the Council on Environmental Quality, which helps create and implement national policy.

Hartnett White says that the conditions supporting life on Earth have improved as a result of human-caused CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. That this notion is roundly rejected by science doesn’t put her off in the least.  Why should it?

My personal fave is her belief that solar and wind energy “disfigure the country.”

It’s easy to be sickened by this, but it’s really hard to be surprised.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Love the Outdoors, But Need To Charge Your Phone?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=69015 2017-10-21T16:58:50Z 2017-10-21T16:50:51Z ]]> Wind-And-Water-Charging-Device-2Going camping or canoeing and want to make sure you can get the 0.005 kWhs required to charge your cell phone?  Well, you have a few choices:

a) Pack in this device I just came across, the Waterlily, a two-pound turbine, available from AmazingStuff.com for $119, that can be driven by either wind or water, and mount it where the wind is blowing or the stream is running.  Maybe drag it from the back of your canoe (as shown).

b) Buy a solar charger for $19.99 and leave your phone in the sun for a bit.

c) Get a hand-crank phone charger for $39.99, and get the job done in a few seconds, day or night.

Anyone who chooses a) is in the target market for InfoWars.

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craigshields <![CDATA[When It Comes To the Environment, China Is BIG]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=69010 2017-10-21T17:41:47Z 2017-10-21T01:15:24Z ]]> images (2)China sits atop the world in most important environmental categories.  They’re simultaneously the planet’s biggest polluter, its largest investor in renewable energy, and, by far, the most ardent consumer of electric vehicles; in fact, they’re on track to sell 700,000 EVs (in China) this year, a feat that is made even more impressive when one considers that they’ve cut their subsidies in this market dramatically.

I don’t pretend to understand these people and their motivations, but they certainly do things on a grand scale.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Lots of Good Stuff Happening in Nuclear]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=69006 2017-10-20T19:47:32Z 2017-10-20T19:47:32Z ]]> 1263203377_1447122086Nuclear energy enthusiasts should be happy to see so much research and development going into this space.  There are several different directions nuclear seems to be headed, one of which is smaller, modular reactors that can be deployed to provide power to small regions, virtually eliminating line loss, which is typically 5 – 7%.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E (Advanced Research Project Administration – Energy) has ponied up $20 for development of a solution in this space that will deploy a supercritical working fluid, e.g., CO2, meaning that it doesn’t change phase and thus doesn’t require boilers and condensers.

As I noted dozens of times, it’s sad that so many environmentalists don’t really “get” nuclear.  The simple facts are that nuclear is the safest form of energy per kWh known to man, it’s almost zero-carbon, and it’s a one-for-one trade-off with coal (another form of baseload power).  One this this civilization doesn’t have is time to waste in bringing down its carbon footprint.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Gutting the Environmental Protection Agency]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=68996 2017-10-20T17:54:07Z 2017-10-20T17:35:56Z ]]> download (2)In response to my post yesterday on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s purge of scientists who refuse to toe the line of the fossil fuel industry, frequent commenter MarcoPolo writes: (EPA Administrator) Scott Pruitt, like everyone else in the U.S. Federal Public Service is being required to downsize and streamline those agencies which have grown excessively bloated, or bureaucratic.  (His) policy is very clear. The EPA will no longer provide sinecures for politically activist employees or advisory panels.

You are correct that the “drain the swamp” mantra is the guise under which this is happening.  And remarkably, even after Trump packed his cabinet with Goldman Sachs execs and other wealthy donors to his campaign, there are a few people who still believe in the basic integrity of the “swamp draining” metaphor.  But most people see what’s happening in the EPA for what it is: an aggressive purging of the administration’s climate scientists in an attempt to remove the regulations that currently limit the fossil fuel industry’s ability to profit at the expense of the environment.

To say you’re “protecting the environment” while you’re gutting the EPA of its capacity to mitigate climate change is like saying you’re using flamethrowers to extinguish fires. It’s nonsense, and, fortunately, most people see that.

Scott Pruitt has spent his entire career using litigation to block the EPA from doing its job on behalf of all Americans and the other 7.1 billion people on the planet; as I’m sure you’re aware, he’s sued the EPA no fewer than 14 times before he was appointed to “lead” the agency.  Here’s a 1432-page summary of these lawsuits.

I note that you echo the fossil fuels boys’ fallacy equating climate change mitigation with political activism. But who’s gullible enough to believe that? Believing in science doesn’t mean a person is a radical, it means he’s rational, and that he has the personal strength to reject obvious lies.

If you’re sincerely interested in getting at the truth here, I urge you to check out the video below, in which an EPA scientist discusses why he was fired. And here’s another article on the subject.  If you Google “EPA scientist demoted” (like I just did),  you’ll find a ton of other information on the subject.

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lizzieweakley <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Lizzie Weakly: Preparing for Winter–Make Sure Your Home HVAC System is Energy Efficient]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=68968 2017-10-16T22:48:49Z 2017-10-19T22:46:01Z ]]> 2e8df609-2ff3-472c-9637-644a2d061e05As you prepare for winter, it is important to check whether your HVAC system is working properly. In addition, you should also consider effective ways of saving energy and protecting the environment during those cold months. While insulating your home and investing in energy efficient units are sure ways of lowering your utility bills, here is what you can do to make your current system energy efficient.
Ensure Proper Installation of the Equipment

If you have just bought a new HVAC system in preparation for winter, you should make sure that it is properly installed. Professional installation of the equipment will not only ensure that it is efficient but will also go a long way in promising you optimal performance. This will lower your utility bills while delivering the comfort you desire while in your home.

Change Air Filters

Air filters are meant to trap dust before it enters the system and causes damage to the components inside. If these air filters become clogged, there is a good chance that your system will run for longer and use more power than it does when in good condition. This is why you should change air filters before winter arrives.

Be Vigilant about Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your system will make it energy efficient and keep it running properly. Apart from the seasonal maintenance, you should also request regular inspection of your HVAC system. In case of a malfunction, you should call in a reliable company to diagnose and correct the problem. Contacting a company such as A & E Heating and AC Inc. will help you get an idea of how you can benefit from working with experts.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

You should consider installing a programmable thermostat to help you lower your utility bills. Rather than having the system set at a constant temperature, a programmable thermostat allows you to adjust your home’s temperature when everyone is sleeping or is away from home. Such a move will go a long way in helping you save on energy costs.

Tune-up the Equipment Yearly

While a tune-up will help improve your car’s gas mileage, such a move for your HVAC system will improve efficiency. Tuning-up the equipment yearly will also ensure that it works well, a factor that will enhance your comfort.

 

Going green will require commitment and education on how to make energy efficiency a priority. Every single member of your family should be aware of this so that they can understand their part.

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craigshields <![CDATA[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Undergoes Purge]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=68993 2017-10-19T22:28:45Z 2017-10-19T22:28:45Z ]]> moral-decayThe concept of a “purge” implies the removal all elements that may act to impede the progress of a ruling authority. The most famous examples in recent history have been the USSR’s Joseph Stalin, who imprisoned and executed citizens accused of plotting against Communism, Mao Zedong’s purge as part of the Cultural Revolution, Fidel Castro’s removal of those who had previously been involved with the Batista regime, and what’s still happening in Turkey after the failed 2016 Turkish coup d’état.  In addition to Turkey, China, Egypt, Iran, Bahrain, Eritrea, and Syria regularly imprison journalists in an effort to stifle dissenting views.

Not all purges are this violent; some of them are far more subtle, and don’t involve firing squads.  Take what’s happening in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an example, with its purge of scientists who don’t toe the fossil fuel industry line.  According to this article, EPA chief Scott Pruitt told the conservative Heritage Foundation on Tuesday that he is planning to rid his agency’s advisory boards of scientists who have received federal grants (to work on climate change research/mitigation), arguing that such funding compromises the “independence” of their work.

The purge is on.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[EVs and the Grid Conference]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=68991 2017-10-19T15:51:19Z 2017-10-19T15:51:19Z ]]> Young woman charging electric car --- Image by © Nancy Honey/cultura/Corbis

Young woman charging electric car — Image by © Nancy Honey/cultura/Corbis

Whenever I attend an energy conference, I introduce myself to dozens of strangers, never knowing what experience I’m about to encounter.  Though very few of these handshakes turn into relationships that last longer than a short one-time conversation, virtually every one leads to a discussion in which I learn something interesting. 

Yesterday, I met a guy from the part of the California state government that deals with the labeling of EV charging stations.  “All transactions in which energy is sold to a consumer needs to be clearly, fairly and accurately labeled,” he explained.

“I don’t challenge that,” I replied, “but I would think this is totally cut and dried.  Gasoline has a price and an octane rating.  Here, you’re selling electricity that’s dispensed at X volts for $Y per kWh.  Isn’t it just that simple?”

His answer (“no”) opened my eyes to an interesting challenge; EV charging stations are normally places the cars’ owners want to park.  Unlike gas stations, there is an incentive to stay there after the charging is completed; no one need to tell you to get back on the road when your gas tank is full, but that’s not the case here.  From a labeling perspective, that means that the transaction needs to spell out exactly what portion of the price is electricity, and what portion is for parking.

I’ll never see that guy again, but, as usual, I was grateful to have had the encounter.

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