According to Consumer Reports there are at least 24 plug-in vehicles on the market. For answers to your basic EV questions, checkout this comprehensive article at: http://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-101-the-answers-to-all-your-ev-questions/ (The link also provides a checklist in PDF form so you can ascertain whether going electric will suit your needs.) The car makers that have invested in selling EVs include: Fiat, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagon, BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, Porsche and Chrysler.
Here are three reasons why natural gas is more expensive than geothermal energy:
- It is consumable (consumed in the process of creating heat)
- Combustion heating creates Green House Gas emissions
- It is subject to carbon taxes
Meanwhile, geothermal heat pumps are the opposite of natural gas:
- Geothermal is renewable (the solar energy stored in the earth is continually replenished)
- Geothermal creates no Green House Gas emissions (no combustion on site)
- Geothermal isn’t charged carbon taxes, so it’s more affordable.
To learn more about geothermal vs. natural gas, check out: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/can-natural-gas-giants-switch-to-geothermal.html?cmpid=enl_rew_geothermalenergynews_2017-01-26
Don’t lose heart my dear ones, here is a snippet showing our blog stats for today! Not only do we have a great showing for this post, it’s from all over the world.
And it’s delightful!!!!!
PS. I know it looks hazy, but click on the jpg and it will show you the details in full.
Solar power is big business!
In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.
Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.
IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”
“BP Plc (British Petroleum Public Limited Company) will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which makes biofuel from garbage, in a new partnership designed to curb airplane pollution. The London-based oil-producer also signed a 10-year deal to buy 500 million gallons (1.9 billion liters) of biofuel from Fulcrum’s North American plants, according to a statement by BP on Tuesday. BP will distribute the aviation fuel to planes through its unit Air BP Ltd., which sells about 7 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually.
Airlines facing pressure to clean up their pollution last month brokered a landmark deal in Montreal. Their accord created a global system that requires them to fund environmental initiatives from 2020 that may cost as much as $24 billion annually by 2035.” By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, November 2016
Diversifying our power supply is key
Renewable Energy Analyst and Research Projects Manager of the Geothermal Energy Association, Benjamin Matek, reports that “Last fall, the California legislature passed SB 350, a bill that will increase the state’s renewable energy generation to 50 percent by 2030 utilizing resources like wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. This goal will be a first. No large-scale economy like California has ever attempted to transition to a grid powered in majority by renewables.
Study after study on the California energy landscape point toward the same answer: make the grid diverse. California’s grid will require a mix of renewable resources like solar, hydropower, storage, wind, and geothermal. For example, a study commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation on a 50 percent renewable grid found that “replacing 10 TWh of solar PV with geothermal . . . reduces CO2 emissions by 4.2 million metric tons per year in California and 2.4 MMT/yr in the rest of the West.”
For more information on geothermal energy usage, go to: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/04/studies-show-geothermal-and-grid-diversity-benefit-the-environment-and-consumers.html?cmpid=renewablegeothermal0552016&eid=326825548&bid=1395781
According to our friends at Renewable Energy Magazine, “Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor New York City, has announced the launch of the NYC Clean Fleet – a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet of any US city.
The Clean Fleet plan will cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035 – and serve as a model for the private sector and other 21st century cities in fighting climate change.
The project is the latest in a series of ambitious but necessary climate initiatives outlined in the Mayor’s OneNYC plan which sets a long-term goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions across New York City by 80 percent by 2050. Currently, the transport sector accounts for nearly one-quarter of citywide greenhouse gas emissions.”
From Renewable Energy Magazine’s 12/02/2015 issue: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/new-york-city-mayor-launches-the-largest-20151202
Spring Forward into the Audubon at Debs Park solar training class on Saturday, March 19th!
This month we’ll concentrate on Phase II LEED Building Design and Energy Efficiency. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, built, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.
The Audubon Center was the first Platinum LEED building in the United States. The Audubon’s address is: 4700 N. Griffin Ave. Los Angeles CA 90031.
Class is from 9am- 3pm. Class fee: $20.00
To consider installing solar power on a home or business, you should first consider how energy efficient the building is and what it will take to make the building more efficient. This month’s solar class looks at energy efficiency and energy calculators to make the building more efficient.
“Every dollar you save on energy efficiency will save you $3.00 on solar power”.