There is a way for energy companies to thrive in the renewable era. This Dutch company is repositioning itself as an energy service provider. They don’t sell kilowatts. They sell kws + services for consumers.
Eneco has sought to provide new services to customers — and, in doing so, to enter new sectors, like the charging of electric vehicles and the repair of solar panels.
“What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.”
For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.
Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power https://nyti.ms/2vLHK4L
This fella is on to something. Let poor families help themselves to determine solutions.
We’re trying to elevate this concept of “no service.” We’d like to take the money that programs would normally spend on social workers and instead make it available as scholarships or investments or loans. That would parallel the kinds of benefits that we give to the rich because society thinks they create the jobs.
When Families Lead Themselves Out of Poverty https://nyti.ms/2uXDlIa
This sounds like the blythe statements CEOs often make, but don’t mean about environmental concerns.
This article makes it sound like they are practicing what they preach in Vermont.
Green Mountain’s chief executive, Mary Powell, sees the program here as the best way to please customers while making the system more environmentally and physically sustainable.
As a practical matter, the less electricity the utility pulls from the regional transmission system, especially at times of peak demand, the less it has to pay in fees, producing savings it can pass on to customers. One way it does this is by remotely controlling the batteries installed through its programs, drawing upon the stored energy as needed.
Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid https://nyti.ms/2u7fk0L
Former Senator and NBA star Bill Bradley on the value of bipartisan cooperation, fair taxes, and putting general interest before special interest.
The staff was mostly too young to remember the details of the 1986 tax reform, but Bill’s retelling certainly aligns with our worldview. That is that politicians can sometimes get it right, cooperation beats polarization any day, and that taxes which advantage one group over another ultimately harm us all.
When Congress Made Taxes Fairer https://nyti.ms/2qjfsK8
This is very socialist…
A proposal for guaranteed employment which could solve a lot of what ails us.
Right now, recessions feed on themselves: People lose jobs, their consumption drops, so more people lose jobs, until the recession bottoms out. But employment through the job guarantee is limited only by human imagination and ingenuity. A recession is just a collapse in the private sector’s ability to employ everyone according to the capitalists’ priorities. So recessions would simply throw workers onto the job guarantee’s alternate employment, with its attendant wage floor. The bottom for recessionswould be much shallower, and recoveries much faster, shrinking the job guarantee rolls again. We would be spared the human and social wreckage that comes with spells of mass unemployment. Preventing mass joblessness would prove far cheaper than eliminating it once it’s set in.
The staff often says that you have to be a pretty bad person to be a nationally prominent politician, but this article has helped us bring a nuanced understamding to that.
Regardless of your views of his presidency…
Obama’s personal behavior has set a standard few presidents have ever reached.
those who praise Obama as a model father or husband for the black family do him a disservice. He’s a model, without asterisk for race.
As a person, as a human being, Barry stands head and shoulders above the rest.
It will be a long time before this country gets another leader of this quality.
With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential http://nyti.ms/29UyHCW
A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy