The 21st Century Energy Initiative
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Vehicles that reduce the need for foreign oil
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Smart Grid meets Social Networking
Interesting concept: Whirlpool engineers state that smart appliances could easily be set up to make decisions based on information from the grid without giving control of that device to the utility and without sending information about what decisions were made back upstream. Several companies are exploring how to make energy-efficiency solutions a reality.
Labels: Real Solutions
Friday, April 10, 2009
Nissan Electric Vehicle to hit market
Labels: Real Solutions
Monday, March 30, 2009
Good news / bad news: More Federal $s into Energy
Funding renewable energy & energy efficiency is great. We've lacked it for a very long time. Obama's new "push" - though important - relies on the same mechanisms we're relied on for the past 30-odd years... without game-changing results. Again, funds are being put into labs... who's major metrics include:  # of patents and  requests for more research. Yes, more research is needed. So, this is the good news.
The bad news is - there is no "game-changing thinking" going on in Washington, D.C. This question is not being asked: "What else should we do to speed renewable & efficient energy (R&EE) technologies to market?" The speed-to-market has to do with acceleration, not more research. Without a change in thinking, we will not get a change in results.
What should change?
 Fund technology acceleration: NXergy would be a good place to start. So would Nth Power, Reference Capital, Pivotal Investments and Equilibrium Capital Group. All focused on speeding profitable R&EE technologies to market.
 Leverage the existing power-production industry: Incentivize utilities to be more efficient and produce more sustainable power by allowing them to keep most (OK, half?) of the savings they create as a result of THEIR research.
 Change thinking: Profits aren't bad... the notion that an entity HAS to be a non-profit to gain Federal funding is ridiculous. Profiting from going green makes all the sense in the world! Once business is on board, you'll see serious movement.
I have determined that through profit-focused clean-tech acceleration, jobs can be created for a fraction ($5,000 to $10,000 per job) of what is being proposed ($60,000 to $224,000 per job) for "bail out" funding.
Friday, February 27, 2009
GE Says Smart Grid Equal to 41GW of Power Plants
"We can probably improve the efficiency of the grid by 5 percent," said Steve Fludder, vice president of Ecomagination at GE, during an interview at the Cleantech Forum taking place this week in San Francisco. Five percent doesn't sound like much, but it translates to 41,000 megawatts of generating capacity, or 41 gigawatts."
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It struck me that during the Great Depression, it took about 5 years before the Government started considering injecting significant currency into the markets. In January of 2008, we were worried about inflation. It's taken less than 12 months for the US Government to start pumping liquidity into the market. Another interesting fact: It took about ten years after the Great Depression for the US Government to issue bonds that carried a negative interest rate. This time, it took less than 6 months, after the stock market nose-dived.
I believe with the "speed of information travel" being SO fast (and getting faster), that we are in "exponential times".
If we think that societies' "speed" will not create a significant energy demand surge, then we're kidding ourselves. The recession may last a few years, but soon - the economy will roar back. The investments we make (in renewable energy & energy-efficient technologies) now will pay significant dividends, later. However (=opinion alert=), if we do not invest now, the U.S. will become a third-world nation.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Helping the Economy...
helps renewable energy
With energy prices dropping significantly, the perceived "pressure" to solve our energy problems reduce, too. When we come out of the recession (or worse), Peak Oil (supply) and China/India growth (demand) will make things much much worse - and may cause an even greater energy-price economic crunch than we're seeing today.
Therefore, due to the difficult economy we face, I have decided to do my part - and give away copies of my latest book: "How to Attract Significantly More Customers... in good times and bad."
I believe businesses will pull us out of this deepening recession: With the economy the way it is, I hope to help thousands of business owners make both strategic decisions and strategic changes, to grow their way out of our difficult economic malaise. In doing so, they hill hire more people and reduce joblessness. Thereby creating an environment where - once again - renewable energy solutions will overtake the economy as the #1 issue.
If you know any business owners who could benefit from new insights, please forward the following URL to them: http://www.attractmorecustomers.net/free. Thank you.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Scott Alexander tells it like it SHOULD BE!
"It's shameful that our government would rather spend $25 billion bailing out an automobile industry that was burning $1 billion per month during the peak of the housing / borrowing / spending boom, than to set up a $25 billion venture fund so start-up companies that can't be self-funded have a chance at making it.
Tesla (the electric car company run by former PayPal co-founder Elon Musk) hit the nail on the head when they petitioned the government for $400 million from the American Auto Industry bail-out proposal.
Hmm. Give $400 million to a company that will use the money to bring American made commercially viable electric vehicles to world market years ahead of any other nation, or give $25 billion to failing poorly managed companies that will use the funds to pay off the unions to allow them to lay people off. Seems like a no-brainer.
I hope Obama has the right mix of Liberal and Conservative that this nation needs. It must be tough times for libertarians :) !"
Scott Alexander, CEO - XanderDev
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Fisker Automotive: 50 miles radius plug-in: Wow!
Looks like Fisker Automotive has outdone Tesla motors. They went for a shorter driving distance, and built in a 4-cylinder gas engine for >50 miles. (The average miles driven per day is fewer than 50 miles... 80% of the time.) They also won a court battle against Tesla. Let the electric-car wars (i.e., competition, driving down electrics) begin!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Obama's plan enough?
A recent article indicates that Obama's plan is insufficient. Those to the left talk about climate change. Those to the right talk about energy security. Either way, we will need to do more than Obama's plan indicates. (An assessment of Obama's plan vs. what is needed can be found here.)
More importantly, we will need to be innovative about how we spend money. Please - don't just throw money at the current "system" for commercializing energy technologies. It hasn't worked. Innovative, even disruptive business models need to be developed and funded. One such innovative approach is NXergy, Inc.
Can we learn from nature? (To create renewable energy?)
Energy Storage Technology Gains Traction
Smart grid startup GridPoint Inc. got into the utility power storage business Tuesday, announcing that utility Xcel Energy had chosen its software to manage a wind power battery storage project.
GridPoint raised $120 million in September and bought Seattle-based V2Green, a company that makes technology to allow plug-in vehicles to communicate with and provide power back to utilities. GridPoint previously had raised roughly $102 million before that in four rounds of funding, with investors including Goldman Sachs Group and Susquehanna Private Equity Investments, New Enterprise Associates, Perella Weinberg Partners, Robeco and the Quercus Trust.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wells Fargo's Energy Audit
Friday, November 14, 2008
Great interivew about the future of energy
Saturday, November 08, 2008
What happened to the greedy oil executives?
When gas prices were skyrocketing, everyone was blaming greedy oil companies. Now that gas prices have dropped, does this mean oil execs are no longer greedy? Or the cause?
Since oil is a commodity, it is purely supply & demand that drives oil prices up... or down. With a global recession, prices have dropped precipitously. That's what happens. Therefore, we ought to take this time to reinvigorate renewable energy technology acceleration. NOT go back to being asleep at the wheel.
Monday, November 03, 2008
What will lead the economy
into the next several decades?
Saturday, October 04, 2008
What economic problem?
Renewables growing stronger.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Technology & Policy:
Two sides of The Solution
As is NXergy's mantra, Technology & Policy are needed to bring innovative solutions to the market:
Google and General Electric Team Up on Energy Initiatives
Google and General Electric said Wednesday that they would work together on technology and policy initiatives to promote the development of additional capacity in the electricity grid and of “smart grid” technologies to enable plug-in hybrids and to manage energy more efficiently. The companies said their goal is to make renewable energy more accessible and useful.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
McCain / Palin: Energy is #1 Issue!
"Delegates at the Republican National Convention this week got a laminated card listing their party's principles. The top item, ahead of the economy, national security and fiscal accountability: `energy independence and lower gas prices'.'' It would seem that they are oh-so-close on this issue. McCain needs to emphasize and implement a renewable energy technology acceleration approach!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
How do Obama's & McCain's Energy Plans compare to The 21st Century Energy Initiative?
See for yourself how Obama's and McCain's plan compare. Right now, Obamas' plan is better than McCain's. All McCain has to do is to show how he is different from both Obama and Bush: and he could win over independents!
How can this happen?
One of the critical success factors in this election is - who will win over independent voters? As usual the issue is: How will the next President affect my pocketbook? The biggest single metric for the economy is the price of gas. It's something voters are reminded of 2 to 5 times a month; every time they fill up their gas tanks. McCain has got to differentiate himself by focusing on renewable energy technology acceleration and commercialization: Applying significantly more resources than he is currently planning.
Obama's plan. McCain's plan.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
U.S.: Third World Grid?
A major challenge facing renewable-energy growth is a real-world challenge: Getting power from where it is produced to where it is needed is no small challenge! Points to the need for "DG": distributed generation - where not only are transmission costs avoided, but so are "I2R" losses. Think transformers!
Monday, August 25, 2008
New America Foundation
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Institute for 21st Century Energy
While thumbing through Parade Magazine today, I came across a brief article about the Institute for 21st Century Energy. They propose neither "red state" nor "blue state" solutions... rather American Solutions. Hard-left & hard-right politicos may have a problem with their approach, but it is the right approach. Please consider signing their letter (in the "Join Us!" box)!
One of their "13 Energy Principles*" points to the additional need to commercialize technology from additionally-funded labs - which is the basis of NXergy, Inc.: A Renewable Energy Technology Accelerator.
* Significantly Increase Funding for Research, Development, and Demonstration of Advanced Clean Energy Technologies
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Citizens for Affordable Energy
Monday, August 18, 2008
An All-Electric Vehicle Solution
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Charlie Rose Interviews Amory Lovins
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Obama & McCain's Energy Plans
McCain is now calling it an"Energy Strategy" (1) and Obama has taken pages out of my (prior) thinking on this topic - from the 2005 research report(2). The good thing is... it's front and center (where it needs to be). The bad thing is: they're still playing politics.
The good: Obama's talking about complete independence from the Middle East & Venezuela in 10 years. This is even more doable than complete independence, since we import more from Canada. McCain is looking to industry for answers... as part of the solution.
The bad: McCain's "strategy" does not invest enough. Obama's "plan" is still centered on industry being the bad guy.
Perhaps these two could read "The Blame Game" section of my new book (a draft of which was sent to both of them, early in the year) and come up with fact-based, bipartisan solutions. Oh right... after the election.
Notes: (1) From my book: "What to do About the High Price of Gasoline" - that I sent Obama, McCain and Clinton several months ago. (2) From my research (in 2005): Page three (at the bottom - Item #1: $15 billion / year). Created June, 2005: Sent to McCain, Obame and Clinton, then.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Replay of the 1970s?
Oil price increases = electric bill increases
Interesting correlation: In the 1970s, oil-fired power plants rightfully had to increase their prices. The OPEC-led oil embargo caused our home heating bill to rise. It seems the EXACT SAME things are happening today:
=> Republican President
=> Unpopular (unjustified?) war
=> Oil price spike
=> Electric bills increasing
I wonder... if (when) oil prices drop (for a little while), will we all just go back to sleep... and forget that we need to solve our energy problems, once and for all?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
EIA: About time for real change?
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Portland, Oregon's approach to Peak OIl
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Energy Storage Technologies
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
How to solve our energy problems.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Consider donating what you can!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Oil company gets into batteries!
More electric car companies
Monday, May 19, 2008
Never thought I'd say this: Thank you, GM.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Google & "Big Oil" Invest $115 million in Solar.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Move to electric vehicles
GM is moving to electric vehicles in a Big Way: A123 Systems, whose founder Ric Fulop said "Somebody lit a fire under [GM's] butt in 2006. I’ve never seen a large company move so fast and put so many resources behind something."
One of the reasons? All car-makers are being / will be pressured to increase fuel efficiency. Electric vehicles is one way to do this.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Electric vehicle a reality: now.
Responding to consumer demand, market trends and to position themselves for the future, General Motors, Ford, Tesla, Renault and dozens of other automobile companies are bringing plug-in hybrid vehicles to market. (Example: Tesla unveils (125 mph equivalent) production electric car!)
According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, if plug-in hybrid cars account for 20% of new-car sales in the U.S. by 2020, up to 160 new power plants will be needed. This makes the current efforts to “turn down your air conditioner” pale in comparison to the impact of the move towards electric vehicles.
Just as shifting to corn-ethanol has produced an unintended consequence of no real carbon reduction and rising food costs, a shift to electric vehicles will dramatically reduce or even negate all current and future climate-change effort – without a corresponding substantive move toward renewable energy production.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Public / Private Partenership example: Moving "green" forward
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
History repeats itself (1973=> 2008)
Once again, some members of Congress seem to be more interested in appearing to do something (to get reelected) than actually solving the energy problem. They got air-time to grill oil execs. Here we go again. We are headed down the exact same path we did after 1973... which absolutely did not solve the problem!
Due to the OPEC-led oil-shock of 1973, Congress applied a "windfall profits tax" in 1980. This reduced oil companies ability to find better ways to produce oil. Effect? Oil companies can't pump more oil due to demand increases generated by tremendous growth in China & India. Prices went up. This unintended consequence is the exact opposite of what Congress wanted: lower prices. Government at work.
And on the other side, the U.S. government is providing $10 to $20 billion in subsidies to these very same companies. Money that could be used for finding renewable, low-carbon solutions - other than inflation-inducing ethanol (which also requires burning to work). Government at work.
Bottom line: If we just let the market-forces take care of itself, stop subsidizing oil companies and focus on real solutions instead of grand-standing for political purposes, perhaps we could let the market sort itself out. Gasoline at $10 a gallon would be incentive enough for profit-minded entrepreneurs and investors to solve the problem. What's next, price controls? This would be yet another folly - that would further delay Solving Our Energy Problems.
As Albert Einstein said - “We cannot solve our significant problems from the same level of thinking we were at when we created these problems.” This much is clear.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
What can small business do to save cash & energy?
A couple of great articles in two magazines:  Pitney Bowes' Priority Magazine about what some businesses are doing to do good and well.  APICS's Magazine discusses the Green Imperative (my words) and provides some examples.
And an upcoming virtual expo on Green Technology for businesses.
This is what I call "Green (behavior) = Green ($s)".
Green Building Initiative
The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction.
Labels: Real Solutions
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Consider donating what you can!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Solar/Wind/Wave energy... Electric cars: Next problem to be solved?
Monday, March 12, 2007
Check out OregonStartups.com's Energy blog
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Energy Efficiency Organization worth checking out!
Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. is addressing one of the critical elements of energy independence: Energy efficiency. In their own words:
"Advancing responsible energy use.
Since 1980, our passion for energy efficiency has driven us toward practical solutions. Inspired by the special challenges of the efficiency market and driven by our mission to help everyone use energy more effectively, we’ve assisted organizations such as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Energy Trust of Oregon, and the California Energy Commission in promoting energy-efficient practices and technologies that benefit both businesses and individual consumers.
We help our clients deliver long-term energy savings. We do it by helping transform markets through education and incentive programs that build demand for more efficient products and services."
Check them out, at www.peci.org!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Great blog about all things renewable / alternative - in energy!
Monday, June 26, 2006
Simmons & Company International provides excellent presentations about our probable future, based on our addiction to (cheap) oil - if we do not rise to the occasion very soon. Please visit their website, and take time to read Mr. Simmon's insightful & educational information provided in "Speeches & Papers" as well as "Current Research Reports" located under the menu-tabs.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Since Sliced Bread: $100,000 winner sounds familiar!
The winner of the $100,000 SinceSlicedBread competition recommended developing a fund to help us overcome dependence on foreign oil. "Promoting sustainable localized energy industries (solar, wind, hydro, tidal, biofuels) will provide reliable, clean homegrown energy, exportable technologies, and bring energy jobs home." Sound familiar?
However, it also has a "save our way to prosperity" feel to it. It seems less of a market (read "business") focus - which I feel is an essential component in moving forward. That is - leverage (encourage?) what is great about our capitalist, free-market system to help us solve this grand challenge.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Consider donating what you can!
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Toyota Car Show Highlights Fuel Efficient Vehicles
Sunday, July 10, 2005
For a unique approach to our energy problem, visit www.energy2025.com. There, you will find access to detailed research (into "Hydrogen pricing"), as well as how to create and fund an Energy Independence Fund. You will also find a summary 2-page "opinion letter" and links to Senators and Representatives... to get your voice heard.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Let's solve this together!
The United States needs to become a "net-exporter" of renewable energy. This blog seeks to spread the word: to help both major parties come to together… to take bold action in this regard. By developing an “Energy Independence Fund” (as outlined at www.energy2025.com), the United States can:
- Create new jobs,
- Build the economy,
- Encourage for-profit, market-driven solutions,
- Hold the price of gasoline down: to avoid $10 a gallon, later,
If you have constructive ideas how to bring both Democrats and Republicans together - to solve this long-term problem, please post them, here!
Friday, June 10, 2005
New idea: How to solve our energy problems
I recently performed research into what people would spend for an "equivalent gallon" of hydrogen (to travel an equivalent distance in their vehicle). From this research, some profound and unexpected results (ah-ha's) came through.
I am looking for feedback on these... I am interested in how to best move forward - with ideas that will help the U.S. become a "net-exporter" of renewable energy, by the year 2025.