Why is that you ask? Technological progress in the creation of power through solar energy, along with rapidly developing electric car and battery technology, are now becoming advanced enough to present truly credible threats to the old school electricity and fossil fuel business models.
The world is moving forward, right before our eyes. Faster than ever. And what once seemed to be intractable technological problems are now being solved, and it is private industry that is getting this done. That and people are sick to death of having to shell out $400 and $500 a month to increasing at risk and poorly run electricity monopolies just to keep the lights on. Folks are beginning to look elsewhere, and at last there seems to be some options that make sense. And as I am sure you are aware, that need is growing.
And who is it that is leading the charge to make all of this happen? Apparently it is none other than Elon Musk, the creator of 300 mile range Tesla electric automobiles. Along with SolarCity Corp and a little company called SpaceX, which just did a rather huge deal with the Feds to provide the rockets necessary to put NASA and Pentagon satellites into orbit, this dude's portfolio is loaded.
Cutting edge engineering science and related private industries are today creating liberating technologies that old school utility and energy monopolies are increasingly incapable of even imagining. Making things work better at costs that actual Americans can afford, and doing it cleaner and more efficiently.
Just so you can hear it from someone else, here is an article that appeared recently on Bloomberg News.com called "Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company."
Trust me, it is all very good news.
Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry.
At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, projected to be the world’s largest.
Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5 billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with stagnant sales from energy conservation and slow economic growth.
Yet Musk’s so-called gigafactory may soon become an existential threat to the 100-year-old utility business model. The facility will also churn out stationary battery packs that can be paired with rooftop solar panels to store power. Already, a second company led by Musk, SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), is packaging solar panels and batteries to power California homes and companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)
“The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose” comes from systems that include storage, said Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant. “That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.”
The Tesla systems are arriving just as utilities begin to feel increasing pressure worldwide from the disruption posed by renewable energy.
There's a lot more to this Bloomberg article, and you can read the rest by clicking here.
So here's the deal. With the kind of electric storage battery technology Elon Musk will be producing in Nevada you could soon find yourself becoming an entirely self-sufficient economic entity, one beholden to nobody but yourself.
And everything you need is coming on line now. All done with solar panels that produce free electricity that can now be dependably used 24 hours a day, plus wide ranging electric cars that will be charged with juice you yourself produce, and at absolutely no cost.
In other words, no more Edison, no PG&E, no Chevron, no Shell, no Exxon-Mobil-Arco-Valero whatever. None of that dismal, over-priced and air befouling antiquated nonsense. You will need to do business with none of them.
If you can handle it, get yourself ready to live independent and free. Like all Americans should.
Speaking of Dinosaurs, Let's Bag on SCAG for a Minute
Our utterly clueless regional planning organization, the Southern California Association of Governments (or SCAG if you like pretty acronyms), was recently featured in a rather uncritical Pasadena Star News article called "Economic summit addresses jobs, poverty in Southern California."
You can click here to read it in its entirety.
Basically what this article tells us is SCAG believes a lot of people are poor around these parts, they don't have particularly nice houses to live in, and somehow didn't get the educations they need to compete in a world run by smart and capable people. It really can be tough out there, especially if you didn't bother to take the time to properly prepare yourself for it.
But never fear. SCAG, which is run by a former Soviet apparatchik (link) and devours $10s of millions of dollars in state and federal tax dollars yearly, all to do some mighty thinking about just these kinds of problems, has a solution. Are you ready? Here it is:
SCAG’s Regional Action Plan on Poverty was developed by its business advisory group, the Global Land Use & Economics (GLUE) Council. It identifies three large-scale initiatives for immediate action.
The first could potentially create hundreds of thousands of construction jobs to improve and repair the region’s aging transportation infrastructure through SCAG’s Regional Transportation and Sustainable Communities Strategy.
Much like the nation’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) program during the Depression, the plan would provide construction jobs for people who desperately need work.
There it is. SCAG (or is it GLUE) wants to solve society's ills by bringing back a cutting edge solution from the 1930s. You know, way back during the depression era.
Compare that with what is going on at companies like Tesla today and you can get a pretty good idea of just how archaic and useless SCAG really is. A unmitigated waste of valuable taxpayer dollars.
It's time to start pulling the plug on the past. And that would certainly include SCAG.