Category: socially responsible

Transforming Energy Expenses into Sustainability Engines

Ron presented “Transforming Energy Expenses into Sustainability Engines” for the Friends FIRST program in November.

The presentation focuses on how businesses and institutions can leverage their existing energy expenses for electricity, heat, and transportation to create a vehicle for lower costs and clean, sustainable power.

https://zoom.us/recording/play/sS-1SksoDAAouGz5iyfyYEji5biGDXG6cPx8s4l812oAwB907w_iVxnvhBKe3tfx?continueMode=true

GM & Tesla Electric Vehicle Tax Credits being phased out in 2019

Both GM and Tesla have sold a total of more than 200,000 Electric Vehicles – triggering the tax-credit phaseout.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/02/gm-hit-200000-us-electric-vehicles-sold-in-2018.html

General Motors reached 200,000 cumulative U.S. electric vehicles sold late last year, triggering a phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit over the next 15 months, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

The largest U.S. automaker hit the figure in the fourth quarter of 2018, which means the credit will fall to $3,750 in April, and then drop to $1,875 in October for six months.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is introduced as the Car of the Year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 9, 2017.

The tax credit is aimed at defraying the cost of electric vehicles that are more expensive than similarly sized internal combustion engine vehicles. In 2009, Congress set the phase-out threshold at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer.

GM, which said previously it expected to reach the 200,000 sales figure before the end of 2018, declined to comment ahead of the release of its quarterly sales results on Thursday.

GM and Tesla, which hit the 200,000 figure in July 2018, have both lobbied Congress to lift the cap or extend the existing tax credit. Tesla’s EV tax credit fell to $3,750 on Tuesday and Tesla said it was cutting prices on its EVs by $2,000 to partially offset the lower tax credit.

In March, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra called on Congress to expand the consumer tax credit for electric vehicles as the company boosted production of the EV Bolt in response to consumer demand. She repeated the request last month during a visit to Capitol Hill.

GM said in November it was doubling resources allocated to developing electric and self-driving vehicles as part of a significant restructuring that includes ending production at five North American plants. GM also announced it would halt production of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt by March.

In November, a congressional report said 57,066 taxpayers claimed $375 million in EV tax credits in 2016. Congress estimates the cost of the EV tax credit at $7.5 billion between the 2018 and 2022 fiscal years. now the $7,500 federal tax credit will be phased out on of their future sales.

Best Time To Be Alive

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There were two incredibly inspiring articles on the web this week:

The first, a gift from our neighbors to the north, speaks for itself:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/10/17/leave-it-to-canada-to-remind-america-that-its-still-a-great-country/

The other article (below) made me think about how the evolution of clean
energy policy, technology, financing, and economies of scale are making
clean energy affordable for everyone.

Take the Oakwood Friend’s School. The non-profit boarding school always wanted solar, but had 11 different electric meters for their 18
mostly-shaded buildings – and couldn’t afford it.

Today, solar is producing 100% of their annual 700,000 kilowatt hours of
electricity. The system is sited in a fallow field at the edge of their property, and is “remote metered”. EarthKind Energy identified and maneuvered through the new energy policies and grant incentives, put together leading cost-effective technologies, secured a pass-along ofincentives from a tax equity investor, and coordinated the myriad details
of the installation and utility interconnection — with ZERO ($-0-) dollars out-of-pocket from Oakwood.

Now, the school will save more than $1.5 Million over the next 25 years -and they are using the solar system as an integral part of their  curriculum.

The article also reminded me of my wife – who is alive today thanks to incredible medical advances over the last decade that provided her with a  Live Liver Transplant – where she received 1/2 of a live liver, and both  her portion, and the original, grew back to full size. “Two for one”.

Now…. “imagine a student who grows an artificial pancreas right in front  of the president-an idea that eventually eliminates waiting lists for lifesaving organs… imagine the girls who discover a new fuel based on only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide… the teenager who makes voting and civic activism as addictive as scrolling through your Twitter feed… the boy from Idaho who grows potatoes from a plot of soil brought back from our colony on Mars…”

It is, indeed, “the best time to be alive”.

Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive


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Earth Day 2016. What’s Your Carbon Footprint?

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Happy Earth Day!   This is a significant day every year but today in 2016 – 160 world leaders will join together at  the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement.   What is your carbon footprint?  Take one of these quizes  and find out!     Carbon Fund  or  Carbon Footprint.  You may be surprised to see what it actually is.  Then after you get finished gagging on what you found get out there and change it today!  Make sure you are doing the three “Rs”  – Reuse, Recycle, Renew  every where in your life!   Join a community solar group,  get solar for your home and/or business,  divest (retirement funds, stocks…) from fossil fuel companies, talk to your town boards about doing the same….

Coal Tax?????

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This is certainly one of the dirtiest and generally nasty things talked about in the energy field today. The coal industry in the US is on it’s way out. This is a fact. And it is a fact that there are communities of people suffering because of that. A coal tax could be a answer to get the coal industry on the move. A move toward development of renewable energy and if instituted the socially responsible way could help this communities back on their feet. Read an article about this in USN.