Monday, July 31, 2017

Energy Storage Market Overview and Forecasts

The stored energy market has grown exponentially but this is nothing compared to what we can expect to see in the coming years. Massive growth is expected all around the world and this will contribute to an exponential increase in distributed power in developed nations. This will also allow developing nations to forego the need for a expensive investments in grid infrastructure.

The combination of increasing-efficiency and decreasing-cost will keep driving demand for energy storage in 2017 and beyond.


Lithium-ion technologies accounted for more than 95 percent of new energy-storage deployments in 2015. There is no reason to believe that this trend will not continue. Given all the options on the table lithium-ion batteries have proven to be the most suitable type of storage for EVs and stationary energy across the grid, from large utility-scale installations to residential systems.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Event - Georgia Environmental Conference

This event will take place August 23 - 25, at the LEED Certified Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, in Georgia. This annual conference provides fresh, new, high value, well-balanced, diverse and relevant educational content with a positive impact on current and future practitioners and the environment of Georgia and the Southeast region.

This is the largest, most comprehensive and diverse educational opportunity and it will be attended by over 700 Local, State, and Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts, Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste, Enviro-Tech, and Recycling Experts, and many, many others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Georgia and the Southeast region.

Event - Educational Green Roofs Conference

This free conference will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST at 116 West 11th Street, New York, NY, United States. The event is being organized by PS 41, National Wildlife Federation, NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability, NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Green roofs can be used as outdoor classrooms all year round to study important topics such as weather patterns, the water cycle, climate change, air and water quality, stormwater management, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity; they can also be great spaces for stretching, nature study, journaling, and quiet reading. Studies have shown that the psychological benefits of green spaces, like green roofs, are substantial - they reduce stress, boost attention, and improve brain function. In addition, green roofs have practical benefits. They can reduce carbon emissions and energy costs while reducing stormwater runoff and heat island effect; they also provide important habitat for local and migratory wildlife.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tesla Motor's Growth and the Bottom Line

Tesla's meteoric growth in the automotive space has pushed it passed Ford to have the second highest market value.In February 2016 Tesla Motors stock was valued at $151 per share by the summer of 2017 the imminent release of the Model 3 drove the company's stock prices up to $383 per share.

Demand for the newly available Tesla 3 has been overwhelming. Some are calling this demand, "a clear indication that American consumers care about climate change and cutting air pollution." Whether or not they are buying the green angle they are lining up to buy Tesla's cars.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Model 3 is Proof of Musk's Strategic Genius at the Helm of Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors has cemented its role as a leader in the electric vehicle space with the launch of  the Tesla 3. This car is the realization of Musk's overarching strategy to bring sustainability to the people.

Over the last 14 years the electric automotive upstart has grown exponentially while employing 18,000 people. Now Tesla is on the cusp of even more massive growth. Musk said there will be a six fold increase in productivity with production expected to increase from 100,000 cars a year to 600,000 cars a year in 2018.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Event - Grid Modernization Workshop

The Grid Modernization Workshop will take place on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. This event is presented by IEEE Power and Energy Society Region 7 and hosted by BC Hydro. The workshop will focus on the experience of Canadian electric power utilities as well as opportunities, challenges, planning, and strategies.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Elon Musk is a Sustainability Titan (Video)

Elon Musk is accelerating the world's movement towards renewable energy and clean technology. Musk has shown that he has an extraordinary capacity for building sustainability focused businesses. He has demonstrated his abilities in a wide range of ventures including Tesla Motors, Tesla Energy, SpaceX, and the Hyperloop.

Musk built his fortune on Zip2 and PayPal. The former he sold for $305 million and the latter he sold for $1.5 billion. Musk’s personal take from Zip2 was $22 million, which he invested in PayPal. He invested the $160 million he earned from the sale of PayPal into electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors and battery manufacturer Tesla Energy.  In a bit more than a decade Musk has revolutionizing both the automotive industry and the renewable energy sector.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

California's Cap-and-Trade Program is Alive and Well

This is the eighth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits and renewable energy.

With unprecedented bipartisan support, California lawmakers have voted to extend the state's cap-and-trade program. This carbon pricing program is key to meeting California's ambitious carbon reduction targets. The plan puts a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions and allows companies to buy and sell pollution credits.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Event - Global Climate Action Summit 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit will take place in September 2018 in San Francisco, California. The world's climate leaders are coming together for an event that will be hosted by California Governor Gerry Brown. The summit will be attended by representatives from subnational governments, businesses, investors and civil society. The goal of the summit is to inspire increased global ambition to act on climate.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

California's Clean Energy Legislation Hides Problems

This is the seventh installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, and cap-and-trade.

California's clean energy legislation masks the problems that plague the Golden State's energy picture. Clean energy is a key part of climate action and California is undeniably a global leader in renewable technologies. California has been a renewable energy leader for years. State support has helped the clean energy industry and benefited the economy. As reported by Bloomberg, "Technology driving the clean energy boom is the reason California companies lead most of their peers in US."

Monday, July 10, 2017

G19 Leaves Trump Behind and Moves Forward on Climate Action

A recent G20 summit communiqué out of Hamburg Germany acknowledged the abdication of Trump but emphasized the global commitment to responsible climate action. Historically the G20 has made unanimous declarations but Trump's decision to quit the Paris Climate Agreement resulted in a break with this tradition. Despite the isolation of the US, the world's leading economic powers indicated that they remain serious about climate action. The summit was marked by riots and Trump was singled out as the preferred target of the protestors.

Trump was characteristically awkward at the summit and he appeared to have difficulty following the discussion at times. At one point Trump had to be diverted from his day-dreaming to turn around and pose for the cameras. Trump's only contribution was an initiative to help other countries burn fossil fuels more cleanly. This is rather ironic as the Paris Agreement seeks to end the burning of hydrocarbons.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Event - Sustainability Summit: Approach Reporting Ratings and Value

The 16th Annual Sustainability Summit will take place on July 18 - 19, 2017 at the Conference Board in New York, NY. The summit is titled: "Making your Approach to Sustainability, Reporting, and Ratings/Rankings Deliver Value for Your Business". The 2017 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to address the most urgent and persistent strategic, operational, and implementation challenges they face in addressing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of their companies. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the major challenges that corporate sustainability professionals face today. We will focus on key challenges through interactive sessions that enable participants to learn from and support one another.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Enemy Within: The Fifth Verse of the Star Spangled Banner

This Fourth of July there is very little to celebrate. The man who occupies the most powerful office in the land is a travesty. The environment is being raped and the climate is being savaged. The litany of indignities being unleashed upon the institution of the presidency and the American people warrant despair. Perhaps most alarmingly there is growing resistance to the Constitution unfolding from within the executive branch.

This is a sad day for those who believe in the Consitution and the institution of democracy.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Event - Sustainable Earth Sciences Conference

The fourth Sustainable Earth Sciences (SES) Conference will be held alongside the Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2017, the 23rd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, and the Second European Airborne Electromagnetics Conference. These events will take place on September 3 - 7, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel & Congress, in Malmö, Sweden.

Event - WE Day Canada

We Day will take place on July 2, 2017, 4 PM - 9 PM on Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario. This event can also be viewed live on Facebook, see details at the bottom of this page. This is a family-friendly event, bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of Canadians celebrating our commitment to making the next 150 years count. Help us inspire the next generation of change-makers to make their mark on our beautiful nation.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

EVs Illustrate Problems with California's Ambitious Climate Targets

This is the sixth installment in a series of posts on California's climate leadership. These posts address a wide range of related topics including economic benefits, renewable energy, and cap-and-trade.

California has the most ambitious climate targets in North America however, there are problems in paradise. Trends in California's vehicle emissions reveal that there is a disconnect between the state's ambitious goals and the actual performance.