Hello, and welcome to Salay Consulting & Social Media Services. I am very happy to get this business slowly off the ground. Like every good thing, it takes a while. We are living in some exciting times. Social media have changed how we communicate. We can connect with anyone in the world with the touch of a smart phone. Renewable energy and cleantech is moving at an advanced pace, and is making many utilities re think how they do business in order to meet millennial demands.
Salay Consulting offers many services, which cater towards the needs of the 21st century business world. Basic social media services, cleantech/renewable energy writing and analysis. I also offer consulting and speaking engagement on tech trends.
If you are wondering why I named this business Salay Consulting & Social Media Services, I decided to name it after the Michif word for sun, which is a Metis language. I wanted to honor my metis background, and figure I would do it this way.
I think year one will be a fun and challenging time. I look forward to meeting new contacts, building new ideas, while growing an exciting, new side business, which I hope to make it full-time in the future.
Here is your weekly roundup of the unique, hottest stories related to cleantech, and climate policy for the week of August 13, 2017.
The home Disney World this week became the 40th US city in going towards 100% renewable energy. According to EcoWatch.com, Orlando, Florida city commission approved unanimously in supporting a move to all renewables by 2050. It’s now officially the largest city in Florida to pass such a resolution.
The First 50 Coalition, a broad-based group of progressive organizations led by the League of Women’s Voters in Orange County worked hard in making central Florida more sustainable were celebrating the vote.
“This is a first, important step, and we plan to continue to support and encourage the City to follow with concrete measures that solidify this commitment,” said League of Women’s Voters co-president Carol Davis to EcoWatch.com.
US cities are ramping up their obligations in going towards 100% renewables by 2050. Already 118 mayors are committed to this goal as cities are looking to meet the Paris Agreement, despite US President Donald Trump announcing earlier this summer the US will leave the accord.
US wind energy capacity increased by 8.2 GW in 2016, according to a new report from the US Department of Energy. Overall capacity advanced by 11% to 81.31GW from 2015 as companies invested $13 USD billion was invested into US wind energy. The wind producer tax credit along with other key policies were key drivers in moving US wind energy markets forward, the US DOE noted. Texas installed the most wind power in 2016 with 2.611 GW and leads the nation in cumulative capacity with over 20GW.
“The wind industry continues to install significant amounts of new capacity, and supplied about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity in 2016,” said US DOE acting assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy Daniel Simmons on Climate Progress regarding the growth of US wind electricity as its slowly becoming more plentiful on the grid.
Despite the gains, US wind energy is far behind China which leads with 168.69GW. China is going big on renewables including promising to invest $361 USD billion by 2020 into renewables as they look to fulfill their duties with the Paris agreement.
Don’t worry. The US is still way ahead of Canada. Currently, Canadian wind energy has a total capacity of 11.9GW. Ontario leads the way in Canadian wind capacity with 4.78GW, followed by Quebec with 3.5 GW.
With more US cities going committing to 100% Renewable energy by 2050, how should Canadian cities reach this goal, specifically Winnipeg? Drop a line at email@example.com or follow us on Twitter at @salayservices.
Here is your weekly roundup of the unique, hottest stories related to cleantech, and climate policy for the week of August 6, 2017.
California is one step of reaching its state being powered on 100% by renewable energy by 2045. According to Salon.com, the California passed a bill this week which was introduced by Democrat Kevin de Leon, would allow the state to receive all of its power within twenty-eight years from various sources of renewable energy, including the wind, solar, and biofuels. Currently, the Golden State has plans on having half of its power from renewables by 2030. The bill is expected to reach Governor Jerry Brown’s desk soon and be in law. California is at the forefront of the US’s renewable energy backbone, including leading in total solar capacity in 2016. Jerry Brown has battled US president Donald Trump for backing away from the Paris climate agreement. A move to going 100% by 2045 would only cement California’s leadership role in the battle on climate change while sending a message towards Trump on this issue being of key importance moving forward.
Meanwhile, in Manitoba Canada, a new coalition was formed this week into pressuring Premier Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government to support a carbon pricing plan. According to CBC.ca, The Manitoba Carbon Pricing Coalition announced during a press conference at the Manitoba Legislature this past Thursday, that having a price on carbon is essential to reduce carbon emissions, as Manitoba needs to do its part in battling climate change. Currently, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the only two provinces not opting in yet on the federal government’s emission pricing proposal. Under this idea, each province must have either a cap-and trade (Ontario), carbon tax (Alberta) or both. Federal Environmental Minister Catherine McKenna said in June both Manitoba and Saskatchewan would lose out on financing to reduce carbon emissions, if neither has a plan in place. Manitoba’s government has stated that they are working on a “made in province” solution towards a plan, yet have been slow in providing details. Currently, the Pallister government has asked University of Manitoba law expert, Bryan Schwartz, to see if it’s constitutional for the federal government to have the authority to put carbon pricing requests on Manitoba.
Is there enough will power to support a carbon price in Manitoba? Or does the idea of carbon pricing need further education? Or perhaps now this is the best time to talk about a complete revamp of the current income tax system in Manitoba/Canada to make it more inclusive for carbon pricing without hurting the most vulnerable? What do you think? Drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter at @salayservices.
Here is your weekly roundup of the unique, hottest stories related to cleantech, and climate policy for the week of July 30, 2017.
In one blockbuster announcement, JP Morgan Chase announced this week it plans to use only renewable energy by 2020. According to CNBC.Com, the global financial giant said it plans to cut its energy consumption while buying purchase power agreements (PPA’s) and creating on-site renewable energy power plants. JP Morgan Chase will install on-site solar at 40 commercial and 1,400 retail buildings, and work with GE to add LED lights at 4,500 Chase locations.
Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase CEO said business must be leaders in developing answers to grow the economy and protect the environment.
If that were not enough, JP Morgan Chase by 2025 would provide $200 billing of cleantech financing.
This announcement is big news and continues a steady trend of global financial institutions going all in on renewable energy as prices continue to plummet. Bank of America announced last year $125 billion in clean energy financing. However, climate activists have been severely harsh on big global banks, on investing in fossil fuel projects, including the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.
Despite these challenges, significant financial institutions are seeing the possibilities of a clean energy economy, as the world gradually shifts towards low-carbon solutions.
And finally, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is now in limited release. This time the documentary focuses on Gore’s continued battle on climate change, including behind the scenes work in getting the Paris Accord finalized, to the challenges faced by a new Donald Trump administration.
An Inconvenient Truth was one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time and received an Academy Award for best documentary in 2006. The film is in full release August 4th. A full review will be on our website August 8th.
I am off at the Canada Summer Games. If you live in Winnipeg, get out and support our future Canadian Olympians as they strive for excellence.
What do you think of JP Morgan Chase’s new renewable energy plans, including to go all in on renewables by 2020? Drop a line at email@example.com or follow us on Twitter at @salayservices.
Here is your weekly roundup of the unique, hottest stories related to cleantech, and climate policy for the week of July 23, 2017.
General Electric’s (GE) renewable energy section saw a strong profit jump in the first half of 2017. According to reNEWS, GE’s cleantech division showed a gain of $267US billion, up from $211US billion (27%) for the first six months of 2016. A big wind turbine order for Invenergy’s Texas wind farm and collaboration with Fortum’s digital hydro plant in Sweden provided underlying support for GE, reNEWS noted. Overall, GE renewable energy business earned $4.5US billion, another big jump compared to the first half of 2016 ($3.8US billion). GE’s investments in renewable energy were perhaps one of the few highlights for the multinational company, whose revenue was 2% for the first half of 2017, compared to the first six months of 2016. GE Jeffrey Immelt in recent years have been adamant on the need for going big on renewable energy investment, as he sees it as a key growth sector. He even urged US president Donald Trump to stay in the Paris climate accord. Too bad, Trump did not see it that way. Moving forward in the second half of 2017, it will be interesting how not only GE’s overall financial performance is but their cleantech section. If GE’s renewable energy continues to grow, while the rest of the company’s margins drop, expect more investors eyes to glaze over GE’s renewable energy portfolio.
Just when you thought 2017 would not be one of the hottest years on record, you could be wrong. According to Scientific American, global temperatures have been 1.64F above the global temperature average (56.3F) this year. If everything continues at this pace, 2017, will be the second hottest year, just behind last year, 2016.
What scientists are stumped is how high the temperature increase is. Scientific American notes in periods after El-Nino, global heat patterns would drop or stay flat. However, temperatures have continued to go up, even without El-Nino. Gavin Schmidt predicts a 57% chance 2017 will be the second warmest year in the planet’s history, only behind 2016.
With increasing temperatures also increases the risks of extreme weather, according to analysts. This year is holding those patterns valid all over the globe. Ontario February thunderstorms, record rainfall in eastern Canada, causing flooding, to British Columbia wildfires are just some of the extreme weather events which have played across Canada this year. Meanwhile, Futurismsaid 2017 in the US has been one of the wettest and hottest recorded.
Perhaps Climate Progresssaid it best when “This matters because when a month — or six-month period — see record high global temperatures in the absence of an El Niño, that is a sign the underlying global warming trend is stronger than ever.”
Do you think GE’s Renewable Energy division will continue being a bright spot heading into the last six months? Do you think 2017 will be the second hottest year on the planet?
Drop a line with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter at @salayservices.
Although a relatively new business model, commercial & industrial (CI) Energy as a Service (EaaS) is expected to dramatically grow within the next decade, based on a new report.
According to cleantech research firm Navigant Research, the CI EaaS market by 2026 will reach $221.1 US billion.
Changes in the delivery of energy are the driving factor behind the rise of EaaS companies. In the old days, consumers would (and still do on many levels) get their energy from a central source (your local utility), be charged and billed a monthly rate. Some months your energy bill would be higher (winter and summer months especially) than others.
However, today we are seeing a shift being played out on the energy market stage. Navigant Research notes energy companies and sustainability managers are taking advantage of new business models and digitized technologies, which are helping to decentralize the energy markets.
“Navigant Research anticipates that these evolving grid and customer factors will converge to give rise to demand for vendor-based business model disruptors that can provide turnkey energy as a service solutions (EaaS),” said Navigant’s website.
Eaas has lots of potential in making the customer energy experience as un-limitless as possible. EaaS providers can manage many aspects of a consumer’s energy needs. Examples include energy supply, energy use, asset & program management, and strategy, according to Navigant.
EaaS companies can use innovative services, financial solutions & technological tools to ensure clients are happy with their energy system.
Players within the EaaS ecosystem include standard utilities, third-party vendors, and start-up companies, who are providing disruptive solutions within the technical, financing and procurement within the energy market, according to Navigant Research.
As EaaS establish themselves; energy portfolios will be outsourced to fully equipped companies “with a comprehensive set of technical financing and deployment options.” According to Navigant.
As Warren Buffet said, “energy deregulation will be the largest transfer of wealth in history.” EaaS will play a part in this. Shortly, consumers may have options besides a local energy utility thanks to possible EaaS platforms.
What do you think of EaaS? Will they become a serious option for consumers within the energy market over the next decade? What has to happen for EaaS to grow not only in the US but Canada/Manitoba? Feel free to email at email@example.com, or follow on Twitter at @salayservices.
Here is your weekly roundup of the unique, hottest stories related to cleantech, and climate policy for the week of July 16, 2017.
Apple announced this week they are building a second data centre in Denmark, which will run on 100% renewable energy. According to Fortune, the southern Denmark city of Aabenraa will house the centre. The centre, will house power for the App Store, iTunes, iMessage, Siri, and Maps for Europe. Apple Nordic Manager Erik Stannow said to Fortune they are excited to increase their data facilities while supporting clean power in Denmark. Apple has ramped up renewable energy projects recently. This includes building a data centre in China, which will also run on renewable energy. Apple has been supportive of the move to clean power, going against US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw out of the Paris climate accord. This makes sense considering the information technology, and cleantech sectors are closely connected with each other, as our energy system is becoming more digitized, like the Internet.
California is one step closer to running on 100% renewable power. According to Climate Progress, a bill sponsored by Senate President Kevin de León (D), passed through a legislative committee this week. The proposed bill, if it becomes law, would require the state’s electricity to come from 100% renewable sources (wind, solar, hydroelectricity) by 2045, while bumping up the 50% requirement from 2030 to 2026. Hawaii is also targeting 100% renewables, while other states, including Massachusetts, are contemplating similar policies as states attempt to modernize their energy systems.
And lastly, a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) suggests climate change will have severe repercussions on Asia. If emissions are not cut, the ADB warns, temperatures could rise 6C by the end of the century, setting the stage for many shocks. This includes a 3C increase seeing grain production decrease by 10%; More health risks from waterborne diseases; further migrations into already sprawling populations, which would add further strain on dwindling resources.
What do you think of Apple’s push to on going towards 100% renewable energy for its data centers? Or is 100% renewable electricity possible for California in our lifetime? Drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter at @salayservices.
Welcome to the first of what were some of the hottest, most interesting stories related to cleantech, and climate policy. This column will appear at the end of the week.
France this week announced they were banning the sale of combustible engine vehicles by 2040. Germany and had followed suit last year, banning sales of gas and diesel cars by 2030, and, while Norway is targeting for zero emission cars by 2025. No word if Canada or the United States plan to do likewise anytime soon, and its very unlikely this will occur. However, anything is possible given a study last year points to 2025 were all vehicles sold will be electric, and this year seems its electric vehicle’s (EV’s) watershed moment, with all these news stories that keep occurring.
Tesla announced this week it’s building the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage facility. According to TechCrunch.com, the plant will be completed by December 2017 at Australia’s Hornsdale Wind farm. Tesla Commercial battery storage PowerPack will store total capacity of 100 MW/129 MWh, while capture the wind power during high points of the day and use when necessary. Tesla revealed its PowerWall for residential consumers, and PowerPack for commercial users, to revolutionize the battery storage market, which is critical for resolving intermittency problems with the wind and solar power.
Minnesota gave its blessing to Xcel Energy for the largest expansion of wind energy in the north US MidWest. According to Electric, Lights & Power, Xcel plans to build a total of 1,550 MW of new wind farms across North, South Dakota, and Minnesota by 2020. Xcel will own 1,150 MW, while the remaining 400 MW will be bought by Xcel, thanks to long-term Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA). When completed in three years, the 1550 MW of wind power will provide 800,000 homes with a clean energy source. Currently, Minnesota ranks sixth overall in the US installed wind capacity with 3,499 MW, while North Dakota has 2,846 MW, and, South Dakota with 977 MW, according to American Wind Energy Association.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared on Thursday his city has more at stake than any other city in the world when it comes to climate change. Climate Progress notes the mayor released a climate policy plan which targets eliminating its cities carbon emissions in half by 2030. Twelve years ago, category three storm Hurricane Katrina pounded New Orleans and cost insurance $41.7 billion USD. The storm also kickstarted a serious discussion between extreme weather events and climate change in North America.
And finally, in the cute story of the week, China Merchants New Energy Group decided to uniquely design their latest solar farm in Datong China, to look like a panda. Business Insider said the cleantech firm plans to build more panda style solar farms, like the 248-acre one just built.
What did you think was the biggest or unique story in the cleantech world? was there anything missing from this list. Feel free to reach out. Follow us on Twitter at @salayservices, or by email at email@example.com
Three factors are contributing this year to why EV’s are reaching that watershed or “iPhone” moment.
EV’s are becoming More Affordable as Battery Prices Plummet: The first shipments of Tesla’s Model 3 have now begun to hit the streets. Initially showcased last year, Elon Musk’s company took 373,000 in reservations as of March 2017. What is so special about this car? It’s Tesla’s first EV into the affordable mass consumer market at $35,000 USD a piece. One of the criticisms with EV’s was the initial excessive costs for consumers.
With batteries coming less costly, EV’s are nearing a tipping point where they are near cost competitive with combustible engine vehicles. A recent report underlines this. By 2025, all new vehicles will be electric. It’s especially important to know given the Paris climate agreement requires all participants keep CO2 levels well below 2C while aiming for 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Transportation alone creates 23% of all carbon emissions, according to the World Bank. Thus, creating affordable, clean tech transportation options at the mass consumer level is essential in cutting carbon emissions out from transportation.
While other companies, including Nissan, Chevy already produce EV’s. Tesla has had critical acclaim with its prior other models, including the Model S. Just like how the iPhone 10 years ago was synonymous with smartphones.
Companies are Going All In on EV’s: 2017 is also the breaking point where companies are making plans to slam the brakes on fossil fuel based vehicles.
Volvo recently announced by 2019 they will cease to make combustion engine vehicles, and manufacture only EV’s or hybrids. This is the silver bullet car manufacturers need to go all-electric. In 2007, Apple entering the smartphone market with the iPhone helped lure other companies, including Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia, and Chinese tech companies to get into the smartphone game, providing more consumer choice. Smartphone costs also came crashing down to insanely low levels. It’s now possible to get a smartphone for $32 (compared to $499 or $599 US in 2007 for an iPhone). While it’s highly unlikely anyone will see an EV for $32 in their lifetime, it’s entirely possible as more entrants flood the market, prices will drop to make EV’s even more affordable for Main Street.
Global Policy: You can also thank public policy makers around the world around the globe for helping contribute to EV’s watershed moment happening now.
While Trump dumped the Paris accord, other countries are strengthening their ties by supporting cleantech. France recently announced earlier this week by 2040. They will be eliminating the sale of all petrol fuelled based vehicles. Last year, Germany vowed to do the same by 2030. Policy makers are helping to shift towards cleaner vehicles, which adds another layer towards EV’s becoming a real force.
Thomas Friedman’s 2016 book Thank You For Being Latediscussed how in 2007 was the watershed moment for many key technologies, ranging from cloud computing storage, solar energy, and smartphones. Ten years later, thanks to declining lithium-ion battery prices, companies moving towards just electric cars, and supporting legislation, are helping EV’s have their “iPhone moment.”
So what you think? Has electric vehicles reached their watershed moment this year? You can reach me on Twitter at @salaysevices, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 29th, 2007 was a big day as Apple’s iPhone (otherwise known as the “Jesus Phone”) sold for the first time. After that, the rest was history. Nothing has been the same since. With its touch screen capabilities, allowing consumers to type at ease, without punching the daylights out of a BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard (or until you find you’ve been auto-corrected). Apple has gone on to sell 1.1 billion iPhones in ten years.
The iPhone has caused change, flipping things upside down.
Here is how the iPhone has (in)directly made an impact.
There’s an App for That: Before the iPhone, it was more common for people to refer to apps regarding filling out job or credit card applications. Now you can not go without a day using mobile apps on your smartphone. Mobile apps took off when Apple launched its iPhone App Store in July 2008. It created new markets for IT developers who were looking to expand entrepreneurial opportunities outside of standard computing software. After Apple’s App store, came Google Play, which serves as Android mobile app store. The app economy is only expected to grow. Analysts predict by 2020, the mobile app economy to reach $101 billion. According to c/net there are over 2 million apps now in the App store and “have spawned industries that couldn’t exist without smartphones,” naming car-sharing services Uber and Lyft.
Social Media Becomes More Social: While social media was here before the iPhone with MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, iPhone’s launch helped create a breeding ground for how we know social media now. Facebook posts, tweets are now instantaneous, thanks to the iPhone. Mobile social media helped cover major events this decade faster than major news networks, including the Haiti Earthquake, Arab Spring, And the 2013 Alberta Floods.
However, with all good things, there has been some negative consequences with increased mobile social media use. It’s raised red flags amongst cyber security experts. Future Crimes author Marc Goodman suggests consumers are increasing their vulnerability, thanks to data given away freely on social media sites, and mobile apps.
Mobile Apps lead the Path to a Smart and Connected World: As c/net pointed out, without the App’s store, these industries may not exist. The iPhone indirectly made mobile computing accessible to the common folk. Smartphone apps now make it easier for homes to become “smart.” From smart thermostats, including Google’s Nest, to Phillips Hue, a wireless controlled LED light bulb flows in between ubiquitous Internet connection, thanks to Wi-Fi and cell towers. It’s now possible, in 2017 to monitor your house’s heat, lighting, and find how much solar energy you are producing and consuming– all on your smartphone! This is big for consumers who are all in on the energy efficiency train.
Smart homes are only expected to increase in stature as more web-based devices increase with the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT). Projections by 2020 have a total between 30.7 –50 billion connected device on the Internet, while IoT market value is expected to reach $267 billion globally.
It’s hard to believe the iPhone has been around for a decade. No one should ever give Apple credit for creating smartphones, social media, or smart devices.
However, by tweaking and improving the smartphone with the iPhone, its help to entice competitors into smartphone markets, and give more choices to consumers; penetrate the mobile app market; make social media what it is today, and pave a path for Internet-connected devices which make our homes smart. The spillover benefits from the iPhone were the legacy of Steve Jobs iconic contribution to mobile phones.
Happy 10th birthday, iPhone. The world will never be the same again.
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