Tag: Sustainability

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.

EarthKind Developing Electric Vehicle Program in Westchester County, NY

Ron presented on the Sustainable Westchester Clean Transportation Project, Electric Vehicles (EV), and EV Charging Stations to the Town of Ossining Board meeting on March 21st.

The Board voted to approve the Town’s $48,000 grant application for 3 new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, plus another $5,000 grant that will cover the entire first year’s cost for a new leased EV. The Municipal Lease that EarthKind arranged for will result in spreading the dramatically discounted price of $22,000 for a new Nissan Leaf over 5 years – at zero interest!


Ron starts at 1.46.41, and his presentation is here.

Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg’s blog on Ron’s work is here.

The Battery Revolution just reached the next level

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Three massive battery storage plants—built by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.—are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. Combined, they amount to 15 percent of the battery storage installed planet-wide last year.

The time is almost here when intermittent renewable energy – from the sun or wind- will be stored in batteries and used to power Everything – all day & night long.

Read about it in Bloomberg:

 

Solar grows by 95% in 2016!

Solar energy installation capacity grew by 95% in 2016, with utility scale, residential and commercial solar all achieving record growth. Solar installations were 39% of all new 2016 electric capacity in the US, and wind energy 26%. Renewables were the majority of new capacity – blowing away new natural gas plants (29%).

While we have a long way to go, the exponential growth is creating a new paradigm of clean energy jobs – good for the economy, and great for the environment.  Read Here!

Saving the World = 100 Gigafactories

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Forbes recently did an article on the movie “Before the Flood”, where the UN “Messenger of Peace” – actor Leonardo DiCaprio – documents the realities of Climate Change, and provides insights into the solutions.

One of most fascinating quotes: To transition the world to 100% renewable energy will take 100 Gigafactories like the one that Tesla is building in Nevada.

While it’s no small feat to build a ~15 million square foot Gigafactory, and building 100 is beyond the reach of any one company – it is tremendously hopeful that there IS an achievable path to get humanity through the ever-deepening depths of climate disruption.

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….

United Airlines To Use Biofuels!

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United Airlines has announced that it plans on using biofuel for it’s planes!  This is one of the first major airlines to begin to use biofuel.  We hope this is the beginning of a new trend!

Read here!

California continue to lead the country in renewable energy!

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“In a 3-2 vote on Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited final decision on the state’s successor net-metering program, often referred to as NEM 2.0” Click here for full story.