It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability

Conclusion/Excerpt from the Democracy Collaborative, 2020 As countries grapple with the devastating challenges of COVID-19 and we, hopefully, move closer towards the development of a vaccine, the injustices and insufficiencies of the current approach to IP and R&D are becoming increasingly apparent. It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Half of Americans lack fast internet connections

Never has the necessity of the internet been so clear, nor has the cost to those who go without. By Shira Ovide, April 14, 2020, NYT With many millions of Americans working or attending virtual school from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the longstanding gap between those who have reliable, affordable internet and those who don’t has never been so clear. Susan Crawford, …

Tesla’s low cost residential solar: Solar panel cost is only ~50 cents/watt. Mounting hardware, inverter and wiring is ~25 cents/watt. Installation is ~50 cents/watt

Excerpt, Zach Shahan Clean Technica, Sept 2020 Elon Musk explains Tesla’s lowcost residential solar: “Solar panel cost is only ~50 cents/Watt. Mounting hardware, inverter and wiring is ~25 cents/Watt. Installation is ~50 cents/Watt, depending on system size. “The other solar companies spend heavily on salespeople, advertising and complex financing instruments. We do not.” So, that’s that — Tesla spends approximately …

Roughly half of the wires in the US are used at less than 25% of their capacity. For a fraction of the cost of new transmission line, we can ID network capacity based on real-time conditions and intelligently reroute power on more efficient pathways– smartly, and inexpensively, make the most of what we already have.

Utilities aren’t rewarded for saving money….Grid-enhancing technologies are the anti-big-investment: For a fraction of the cost of a new transmission line, they identify network capacity based on real-time conditions and intelligently reroute power on more efficient pathways than it otherwise naturally flows. They smartly, and inexpensively, make the most of what we already have. FERC now has a chance to …

Is the Electoral College systemic racism?

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning SEP 23, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com The current national reckoning on racial inequality is leading Americans to grapple with questions of systemic racism throughout many of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, whether policing, education or housing. One …

Xcel Energy, oil industry skeptical of electrification proposal

THE BUSINESS JOURNALS Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest power provider, told state regulators it’s not ready to electrify large numbers of big gas-fueled stationary engines that pressurize natural gas distribution pipelines and oil and gas wells in the state — at least not on the timeline proposed to Colorado air quality regulators by the National Parks Conservation Association. The engines in …

How the pandemic is delivering the electric truck

High consumer demand for at-home deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic is helping accelerate major shipping companies’ transition to electric trucks. (E&E News) Sept 2020 David Ferris, E&E News reporter, Friday, September 25, 2020 UPS driver Gilbert Lopez works in an electric UPS truck in Los Angeles this month amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Newscom Part one of a series. Call …

“Expired” Milk Still Has So Much More to Give

BY STEPHANIE LOOMIS PAPPAS SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 In Basically on a Budget, we’ll talk tips, ingredients, and recipes that’ll help you save money and eat well. Milk doesn’t turn bad at the stroke of midnight, but I still find myself pouring out the last few ounces on the expiration date because our main milk drinker is a six-year-old who does not enjoy any funky …