Electric Vehicle Week

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Electric Vehicles are coming. 90% of American’s trips are shorter than 30 miles, so we could all use EV’s most of the time. If you pay 12c per kilowatt hour for electricity (from your utility, or via a reasonable Solar Power Purchase Agreement) – driving an electric vehicle is equivalent to paying $1.00 per gallon for gas. Plus there is less maintenance (no oil changes) – and zero emissions. While Tesla is leading, virtually every car manufacturer has electric vehicles. And, with plug-in hybrids, you don’t have to worry about not finding a charging station, as your engine switches over to gas when you need it for longer distances.

September 10-18th is National Drive Electric Week – “a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” https://driveelectricweek.org/

In the Hudson Valley, there are 2 events where you can find out about – and even test drive – electric vehicles this weekend:

Ulster County
DATE: Sat., Sept. 17th
TIME: 11AM – 3PM
LOCATION: Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Lot 2
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=837

Dutchess County
DATE: Sun., Sept 18th
TIME: 12 Noon – 4PM
LOCATION: Galleria Mall, Poughkeepsie, Dick’s Sporting Goods Parking Lot
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=538

Chile Has Cheapest Solar Energy Prices in the World!

 

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Chile has more sun than the US – but, the trends is clear: Solar power came in at 2.91 cents per kwh at a Chilean energy auction this month. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal in Dubai in May. It’s almost half the price of coal power sold in the same event. It’s the cheapest to date for any kind of renewable energy, and it’s one of the lowest rates ever for any kind of electricity, anywhere.

Here comes the sun! Chile’s sun power

 

USA Electric Grid Weak, Old and Unstable

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There are many complicated issues with the utility grid: technological, financial, government policy, monopolies…

It’s fascinating that one of the biggest “problems” (in Germany, California, and soon-to-be-almost-everywhere) is that – at times – there is SO much renewable energy being produced – that it’s FREE.

Do you think that there’s a way to make the number work – when that energy literally costs us NOTHING?