2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2016-10-19T23:23:57Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png craigshields <![CDATA[Prediction: The Migration To Renewable Energy Will Be Anything But Smooth]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62687 2016-10-19T22:46:41Z 2016-10-19T19:34:50Z ]]> Prediction: The Migration To Renewable Energy Will Be Anything But SmoothDoesn’t everyone love the promise of abundant, inexpensive, and totally clean energy?  Actually, no.  Those whose profit streams come from dirty, 20th Century energy most certainly don’t.  These people are working diligently to delay the onset of renewables as long as possible, and often through overtly dishonest means.

Here’s a story about the voter referendum re: solar PV and net-metering in Florida, advertised as a pro-solar initiative.  It reveals how Florida’s largest electric utilities are attempting to deceive voters into supporting restrictions on the expansion of solar by shrouding the bill as an amendment that would promote the use of rooftop solar.

From the Miami Herald:

Sal Nuzzo, a vice president at the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, detailed the strategy used by the state’s largest utilities to create and finance Amendment 1 at the State Energy/Environment Leadership Summit in Nashville on Oct. 2. Nuzzo called the amendment, which has received more than $21 million in utility industry financing, “an incredibly savvy maneuver” that “would completely negate anything they (pro-solar interests) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road.”

It’s fair to predict that the road to clean energy won’t be a short or easy one, but that we’ll eventually get there.  The only open question is: How much environmental devastation will we have caused in the meanwhile?  Answer: nobody knows.



craigshields <![CDATA[Lots of People Are Bullish on Renewable Energy]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62677 2016-10-19T23:23:57Z 2016-10-18T21:38:07Z ]]> Lots of People Are Bullish on Renewable EnergyI may not have friends in high places, but I sure have them in distant places.  A long time ago, Greg Horrall left the U.S. to work on an engineering project in Indonesia, and decided to set down roots there.  He’s in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, about 300 miles east of Jakarta.

Greg wrote to inform me of his interest in renewable energy and suggest a phone call, during which he expressed a deep understanding of the subject, as well as a considerable optimism re: the outcome for humankind. 

He sent a few pics, including the one above, to which I responded, “What a beautiful family you have.”  His reply: “Thanks!  I always remember how lucky I am to have a great family and five wonderful children…that’s what life is all about, and why we’ve all gotta keep fightin’ to make a better future.”

Hard to disagree with that.

He continues: On a further positive note, please see the attached (which I have reproduced here):

Let’s try to look at things as positively as possible within the bounds of what’s already here technologically, or very near and its economics:

  1. PV is now at $0.03 per kWh lifetime for good siting and with Perovskite may get even better than this. 24M battery tech (now Li and later Mg) enables us to have a grid that’s 90% renewable and we can get 24/7/365 for now by burning fossil diesel as our long-term storage system, transitioning gradually to all-RFTS (Renewable Fischer Tropsch Synthesis, as developed by Doty Energy)  diesel starting first by blending it at small percentages.  This gets us down to an electricity cost of 10-12 cents per kWh and a price of 15 cents per kWh, on par with current all-fossil.
  2. EVs using 24M battery tech and designed with the right amount of power and range to keep battery costs acceptable can already be totally cost-competitive with ICEs, and along with the amount of enviro-consciousness, sustainability awareness, and other nice things about EVs (quiet, low maintenance), this means the market for them will grow and they will replace virtually all fossil-burners in the next few decades.
  3. Other good things are happening on efficiency: LED lights now at low-enough cost to attract far more buyers, also more energy-efficient appliances and electronic devices

These realities may be able to get enough market  momentum rolling so that we will transition to sustainable energy soon enough.

So, I’m going to try to be more optimistic!  We just may make it without any tax strategy, even though it sure would be nice to get rid of the income tax and to drive things faster.

People like to hear a positive song better than a negative one! Accentuate the positive!  De-emphasize the negative!

How things might play out:

  1. The revolutionary lower-cost 24M battery tech will enable EVs that, if designed for max eta in mind (unlike Tesla) will be both more energy-efficient and more total lifetime cost/mi efficient than gasoline engine-powered vehicles.
  2. This will bring about a substantial drop in oil consumption, and that will force Big Oil and OPEC to raise their prices (since they need to maintain revenues). This in turn will force them into a corner where they can’t escape as it will make RFTS diesel/jet A competitive for those vehicles (High-Power/Long-Range) not EV-able. It will also drive those vehicles to become more efficient.

We will be able to transition to higher eta and totally renewable fuels before the pumps run dry!

The world will no longer be controlled by Big Oil and OPEC!

Go EVs!

craigshields <![CDATA[Your Tax Dollars At Work:  John McCain Vows To Block Any Supreme Court Nominee from Hillary Clinton]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62672 2016-10-19T22:49:55Z 2016-10-18T19:33:21Z ]]> John McCain Vows To Block Any Supreme Court Nominee from Hillary Clinton(Pictured: retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens)

From John McCain (R-AZ), one of America’s most revered leaders:  I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up, I promise you.

This “promise” seems to be equivalent to the statements:

• “In willful disregard of the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court will have to function with eight members, as opposed to nine, for the foreseeable future.”

• “If we can’t get things our way, we will clog up government until our demands are met.”

• “As childish and ignorant as this may seem, we don’t care about the person or his/her qualifications for the position. If the nomination, regardless of who it is, comes from Hillary Clinton, the answer is no.”

Isn’t this patently unpatriotic?  Since when do real Americans openly defy the Constitution and hold the government hostage?

John: We’re still trying to be proud to be Americans, but you’re making it very, very difficult.


craigshields <![CDATA[Renewable Energy Is Happening.  Just Look.]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62668 2016-10-19T22:53:17Z 2016-10-18T18:57:16Z ]]> Renewable Energy Is Happening.  Just Look.It amuses the heck out of me that we have people all around us who love to expound on how renewable energy can’t scale—in an environment where renewables are visibly and aggressively replacing fossil fuels as we speak.  My advice to these people: Don’t think, look.  What you’ll see is evidence that clean energy is becoming the defining industry in the 21st Century. 

As my colleague Jon Lesage (pictured) published in his Green Auto Digest:  Renewable energy increasing: Carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation during the first six months of 2016 were the lowest since 1991, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with most of that coming from the displacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. Coal saw the more dramatic decline, with consumption decreasing by 18 percent, compared to 1 percent for natural gas. Use of renewable-energy sources increased 9 percent during the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.


craigshields <![CDATA[You Make a Difference]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62662 2016-10-19T22:56:19Z 2016-10-18T18:22:09Z ]]> You Make a Difference

At 2GreenEnergy, we frequently take on the subject of the enormous, albeit often unacknowledged, power to change the world around us. One of the quotes that seems to sum this up best came from former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: “If it weren’t for the protest of the common American to the war in Vietnam, we’d still be there.”  Powerful stuff, IMO.

After you’ve checked out this trailer for the film “Making a Killing,” perhaps you’ll want to take the same action that I’ve chosen: throw a party at your home and provide a screening of the full documentary for your family, friends and neighbors.

FWIW, I really get off on such parties. We had one here about a year ago in which we watched one of Bernie Sanders’ debates, and then discussed the upshot, over white wine and a salmon puree appetizer that I threw together. Good times!

More to the point, whether or not you opt to host a party, never underestimate the huge force you represent in making the world a better place.

Lillian Connors <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Lillian Conners: What Makes Organic Gardening Truly Effective]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62598 2016-10-15T17:53:52Z 2016-10-18T17:49:58Z ]]> What Makes Organic Gardening Truly EffectiveAsk any experienced organic gardener and they’ll tell you – there’s a natural control for every kind of pest. The specific approach to pests is one of the main principles of organic agriculture – it’s all about taking a long view. You should be ready to allow for an acceptable level of pest damage and learn how to control beneficial microorganisms, insects, etc. Listed below are several ideas for natural pest control that will make your organic gardening truly effective.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Organic or not, in gardening – prevention is the best cure. Instead of trying to combat harmful insects, you should make sure they don’t come to your garden or field in the first place. Your garden should be healthy above all so get rid of any weak plants. They’re probably weak because they are already infected so you don’t really want them to be among other plants.

Healthy, organic soil is a must for a healthy garden so use natural compost, mulch and fertilize naturally. Regularly clean weeds and debris – that way you’ll minimize the insects’ habitat. Water your crops early in the day so the foliage will be dry during the rest of the day. Nothing attracts insects or fungi as wet foliage.

On the other hand, drip irrigation system gets the water directly into the soil where the plants need it the most, without wetting the surface, so you might want to consider that as an option for your organic garden. Also, planting companion crops to divert or discourage pests is a good solution, as well as using row covers to protect the crops during the migration period of pests.

Trust in the natural remedies

We all know how harmful standard chemical pesticides are for our food, health and the environment. Luckily, there are various homemade substitutes to help you get rid of the unwanted guests in your garden. For instance, diatomaceous earth sprinkled over plants is deadly for snails and other soft-bodied creatures. Since it’s a mechanical killer, not chemical – the snails can’t get immune to it.

Baking soda mixed with water can do wonders in battle against fungal diseases – just put it in an efficient boom sprayer and spread it across the infected areas. Use Himalayan salt to fight spider mites, cayenne pepper for ants, eucalyptus oil for bees, wasps, and flies, and so on.

Get by with a little help from our friends

When we say friends, we mean insects. Not all insects are a threat for your garden so you better learn to cooperate. Organic pest control is all about understanding the pest life cycle and encouraging predators among insects to be your ally in this battle. Ladybugs may look harmless, but in fact, they feed on mites, whiteflies, and scale so you want them in your garden. Plant some daisies to attract them and let them do their job.

The same goes for praying mantises. They look fierce and they act accordingly since they eat most of the garden pests. Nematodes or roundworms are effective against cutworms but harmless for people or pets. Simply put their eggs into the soil and they’ll do the rest of the work. If they get to the surface of the soil, wash them away. You can attract various beneficial insects by planting specific plants, so consider making your own garden insectary.

If you want a truly organic garden, then your pest control must be all natural and organic as well. Luckily for you, there are many different ways to protect your garden without having to use harmful chemicals or expensive devices. All it takes is a little planning ahead and using the nature’s resources cleverly.

craigshields <![CDATA[Excellent Public Speaking Meets Environmental Activism]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62657 2016-10-19T22:58:53Z 2016-10-17T19:01:43Z ]]> Excellence Public Speaking Meets Environmental ActivismI’m preparing for the 50-minute talk I need to deliver on the energy industry at the International Trade Fair. It’s on occasions like these that I wish I were a bit more bombastic as a speaker; I do a decent job of getting the audience into my presentation, but I’m certainly no Van Jones (pictured). I hope you’ll check out this masterpiece from this amazing environmental activist, inspiring a crowd re: the Dakota Access Pipeline.  

craigshields <![CDATA[We Need To Give Our Kind and Profuse Thanks To the Oil Industry—and Then Ask It To Leave]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62655 2016-10-19T23:02:53Z 2016-10-17T18:39:27Z ]]>  

We Need To Give Our Kind and Profuse Thanks To the Oil Industry—and Then Ask It To LeaveFrequent commenter MarcoPolo offers this observation about my post on “Prayer and Oil,” in which I wonder how it’s possible that the staunchest supporters of oil are also the most ardent Christians, given the Lord’s pacifism and compassion for others.

Why shouldn’t the Governor of Arizona give thanks for the prosperity the oil industry has brought to her State? The oil industry’s 350,000 products have dragged hundreds of millions out of abject poverty and created the modern world…. Without the revenue and prosperity created by the oil industry, America would descend into chaos and millions would perish.  So yeah, given … scale of blessings the oil industry has bestowed over the last century or so,… a little prayer may not be out of place!

No one denies that oil has been a huge boon to humankind, both as fuel and as feedstock for the uncountable number of products that continue to have fantastically beneficial effects.   But similarly, no one (almost no one) denies that our civilization’s ongoing reliance on fossil fuels is ruining our planet.  Clearly, it is time to both thank the oil companies for what they’ve done for us, and, at the same time, move them out of the way, as required to facilitate the migration to clean energy.




craigshields <![CDATA[Oilfield Prayer Day]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62646 2016-10-17T02:54:33Z 2016-10-17T00:38:58Z ]]> Oilfield Prayer DayIt’s always eluded me how religion and politics got to the position we find them in the U.S. today. In particular, how did it come to be that the most extreme right-wingers on energy, i.e., the fossil fuel zealots, turn out to be the most devout Christians? Wouldn’t you have expected the precise opposite, given the character of Christ?  Even atheists revere the great stories of His non-aggressive demeanor, His love, charity, mercy, respect for the poor, forgiveness, caring for the sick and disdain for riches. Isn’t it fairly clear that, if He were on earth today, that He would favor the most gentle and kind ways of living?  How did this subject of Christianity and politics get so thoroughly bollixed up?

Here’s an article that doesn’t answer that question directly, but sheds a great deal of light on the subject of prayer and oil, two subjects that apparently come together nicely in the minds of the leaders, both in business and government, in the great state of Oklahoma. As it turns out, last Thursday was “Oilfield Prayer Day,” as declared by the state’s governor, Mary Fallin.  If that sounds so far-fetched that it couldn’t possibly be true, you’ll want to check out the article.

lanajhawkins <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Lana Hawkins: Choosing Energy Efficient Windows for Your Home]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=62594 2016-10-15T18:29:04Z 2016-10-16T18:23:31Z ]]> Choosing Energy Efficient Windows for Your HomeWhether you have just moved into a new house or are simply planning to do a slight makeover of your old one, the first thing you should do is make a plan of everything you wish to accomplish with your future remodel. Like fashion, interior design trends tend to change over time and they’re mostly characterized by whatever’s in the spotlight in that period of time. Given the fact that in the last couple of years, the attention has been highly focused on sustainability and eco-friendly practices, it’s not surprising to see different innovative additions in our homes. Like that, installing energy-efficient windows has been noted as one of the priority steps when creating a green household, as a way of both conserving energy and money as well. If you’re not quite sure what to actually look for when choosing your windows, these simple guidelines will help you grasp the idea.


Choosing an energy-efficient window is not only about choosing the right type of glass and coating, but also about choosing the most appropriate window frame. There are various options from which you can choose, with wood, fiberglass, vinyl and metal being the most popular ones. Every option has its advantages and disadvantages and as such wood frames are known to be the eco-friendliest solution as they offer the best insulation, but they’re also known to require a lot of maintenance. On the other hand, wood-clad window frames offer minimum maintenance and are quite energy-efficient, but are not suitable for wet climates. One of the most popular options lately is fiberglass, which is quite durable, but not easily recycled. Lastly, vinyl and metal frames are the least expensive options and while they can be recycled quite easily, they aren’t the best insulation choice and are also known to invite condensation.


When it comes to choosing glass for the windows, there’s really not much to think about. Glass doesn’t have a huge impact on the environment and as such doesn’t give you different options to choose from. The only choice you can make regarding the glass is whether you want single, double or triple pane windows. While the most usual choice are double-paned windows, if you wish to increase the level of insulation, then adding another layer is the way to go.


Once you have decided on the number of layers, it’s time to choose your glaze. This is the step that’s going to determine just how green you want to go. There are two steps of this process and they include inserting gas or air between the panes to increase insulation and applying protective coating whose goal is to regulate the temperature and radiation levels. The best solution is to rely on Energy Star labelled products, meaning they conform to the standards of U-value (resistance to heat loss) and SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.)

energy efficient windows


Lastly, it’s not just the choice of windows that is going to determine how eco-friendly your home is, but what you put on them as well. Gone are the days when we used curtains and shades solely for decorative purposes; nowadays, you can find insulating blinds online, as well as cellular shades, drapes and shutters, which can greatly reduce the amount of energy you’re consuming, but also save you on your electric bills.

Investing your money in sustainable practices is one of the few things that’ll actually benefit you in the future. Not only will implementing these eco-friendly methods in your household save you money and energy, but it’ll also reduce a negative impact on the environment and help you lead a greener lifestyle altogether.