Highway congestion, America’s Soviet bread line problem, needs a price

By Stephen Crim, Mobility Lab – April 7, 2016  How are America’s roadways like Soviet bread lines? Both are crowded and time-consuming because individuals aren’t paying the right value for the things they want. Congestion pricing offers a solution. In the middle of the 20th century, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, people saw healthy doses of propaganda about the material benefits that …

The old are eating the young: Around the world, a generational divide is worsening.

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View, 13 June 2017 Pay up.  Photographer: Yui Mok/PA Images Edmund Burke saw society as a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born. A failure to understand this relationship underlies a disturbing global tendency in recent decades, in which the appropriation of future wealth and …

Grid-connected water heaters offer storage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of batteries. The challenge is getting everyone a piece of the returns.

By Herman Trabish, Utility Dive, 20 June 2017 Utilities have always tried to stay out of hot water with their customers. But now, they’re itching to get into it. A wave of interest is building in grid-integrated water heating (GIWH) as a path to system flexibility at a fraction of the cost of battery energy storage. At last count, 53.6 …

Sparking grid savings at home: Big potential savings

By John Farrell, 26 June 2017, Read the full report here. Introduction In the past decade, two major trends have threatened the ability of electric utilities to meet the needs of the electricity system. The first is that national electricity sales have flattened, a reversal of nearly 100 years of constant growth, while peak energy use has continued to climb. In …

Easy energy use cuts of 29% available for US commercial and government buildings

June 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  A new report by the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. US Energy Department’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated …

$7,800 electric microcar? (Coming soon to Europe from China)

June 20th, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Originally published on Gas2, 20 June 2017 While Elon Musk and Tesla start the electric car revolution from the high end of the market, Chinese company CHJ Automotive plans to start from the low end. Co-founder Kevin Shen says the company plans to introduce an ultra-compact electric car starting at around $7,800 in 2018. The …

Working smart, as a team

Excerpt from Working Hard is not the same as working smart  I pointed out to Rahul that what he was watching was that his entire company had bought into the “culture of working late” — but not because they had work to do, or it was making them more competitive or generating more revenue — but because the CEO said it was what mattered. …