9: MAKE WAY FOR THE ENERNET
You can download Caroline Julian report “Creating Local Energy Economies: Lessons from Germany” here. It includes such eye-catching lines as:
‘By the end of 2012, 190 German communities had been successful in bidding to run their local electricity distribution grid’
‘Almost half of all electricity supply companies are owned by local government, communities and small businesses, with many increasingly competing privately-owned utilities out of the market’
‘Many of these emerging community-owned grid operators and suppliers are not only offering cheaper tariffs than their competitors, but are seeking and fuelling the prosperity of their locality’
Caroline on twitter: @carolineljulian
‘So basically, the question I’m asking, and Open Utility are trying to answer is, “Why can’t you access energy on the grid the way you access information on the Internet?”
Having built the UK first successful Enernet, Open Utility, created by James Johnston (right) are now partnering with Good Energy to roll out the technology to all their business customers who want it. It’s called, cutely, Selectricity. Geli are building something similar in the USA and a proto-consumer enernet called Vanderbron is already successful in The Netherlands.
As former Saudi Arabian oil minister Sheikh Zaki Yamani observed, ‘The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.’
Click on the picture read a fascinating Bloomberg article about Saudi Arabia’s plan to end its economic dependence on oil revenues.
‘Within twenty years, we will be an economy or state that doesn’t depend mainly on oil,’ says Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Think about that.
There also a great piece by @ (that came out after the book had gone to print) that puts the Trump/ Putin love-in in context – arguing it’s all about protecting a model of energy that will soon become obsolete: Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere.
The Virgin Earth Challenge is a $25 million prize launched in 2007 for whoever can demonstrate to the judges’ satisfaction a commercially viable and environmentally sustainable way to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Until recently, the prevailing wisdom has been that removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere would be impossible without using huge amounts of energy (making the idea prohibitively expensive). But, with a ‘squanderable abundance’ of renewable energy unleashed by the Enernet, coupled with the inventive approaches of the Earth Challenge finalists (at least one has been invested in by Bill Gates), who have reduced the energy needed massively, the game changes.
One of the prize finalists is helping Audi turn the captured atmospheric CO2 into diesel, see ‘Audi conjures fuel out of thin air (and water)’ by Katie Collins from Wired, April 2015. You can find out more about all the finalists by clicking on the logo.