Monday, July 4, 2011

Choose Independence.

90% of phones will be wireless by 2010
90% of TV’s will be flat panels by 2010
90% of homes will have computers in them by 2010
90% of the U.S. will be using the internet by 2010
90% of refrigerators will be twice as efficient by 2010
90% of cameras will be digital images on memory cards by 2010
90% of the U.S. will know of Google by 2010

If someone was quoting the above in 1980, you would have discarded the person as crazy or a hopeless dreamer, what the heck is a Google? They are today all part of our lives and we accept the facts above as normal. We even have a slight indignation about them, sort of a “no duh, I’m not stupid, of course they are” in our attitudes about what is our daily living. 

In the near future:

90% of cars will be EV’s and Hybrids by 2030.
90% of those cars will be charged at home vs. a traditional gas station by 2030
90% of those will be charging at home will charge with renewable energy by 2030
90% of those will sell back to the utilities their energy at peak times for a 100% or greater profit.

If your laughing hilariously (dude your crazy!) or have concluded that I am a first class nut job, please refer to the first list of 90%s, and also know that I live today with the second 90%s list in my daily life. Is the prediction of 90% of cars will be EV’s and Hybrids by 2030, so hard to believe considering the innovations of the past?

Google recently conducted a study titled “The impact of Clean Energy Innovation” The Impact of Clean Energy Innovation Study
among their conclusions:

90% of cars will be EV’s and Hybrids by 2030
1.1 billion barrel reduction in oil use by 2030
$155 billion per year in GDP increase by 2030
1.1 million net new jobs by 2030
Household energy costs reduced by $942 per year by 2030
49 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050

In our family's case, our household energy cost has been reduced by $4000 a year, our gasoline cost has been reduced by $2400 a year. There’s an EV in our garage, solar PV on the roof, we charge at home, we sell back our power to the utility during peak hours at twice the price, we use the energy at off peak hours at half the price to charge the car and cool the wine cellar. Our annual household utility bill is zero or below zero. We refer to that as normal and as energy independence.

Believe in our future, in the imagination, innovation and creativity of future generations, in the Independence of our County. We’re on a trajectory towards fixing our most vexing problems, I am now more than any other time in my life, most optimistic about our future as a nation.

Happy 4th of July, choose Independence.
Mini-E #183, 30,500 sunshine powered miles.


  1. I still don't get why so many people who, on the surface, are all about independence and patriotism are so against solar-charged driving and even solar and EVs in general.

    The current fueling model is all about DE-pendence, which supposedly is un-American, un-patriotic, etc.
    And I don't see the huge appeal – or “patriotism” -- of forking over thousands to oil companies and foreign oil despots every year either.

    Basically, the conservative American anti-EV+PV critique, which, as you know, is out there in spades -- I just can't quite figure it out.

    To me, the real appeal of this critique has to be in the fact that those who push it all over the internet do so simply because they view being anti-EV and anti-solar and anti-EV+PV as being in opposition to "lefty greenies."

    Basically, it would seem that the primary reason for the right’s critique of EV+PV -- something which, in theory, should appeal to "righties" precisely because of the individual and national fueling independence angles -- is to simply to be against "the other side."

  2. Hi Christof,

    I believe that people have a strong mistrust of govenment and a strong fear of being wrong, hence the course of action for most is the status quo.

    Most of the innovation comes from free enterprise coupled with good government policy. You woulr think more the (R)s would support such innovation!

    and Happy 4th of July to you!

  3. I would think that prediction 1, 2 and 4 are spot on and the only reason that 3 would not be a reality within 20 yrs is that there are so many people that do not live in domiciles that are theirs and therefore they would have no incentive to install the solar, though many will.