Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stiglitz Says Trump is a Moron

Stiglitz Says True U.S.-China Trade Accord 'Almost Impossible' https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-19/stiglitz-says-true-u-s-china-trade-accord-almost-impossible
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Global shipping in 'historic' climate deal



Global shipping in 'historic' climate deal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43759923

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EDF Group launched new international brand »EDF Renewables« | photon.info

Global battery energy storage pipeline reaches 10.4 GW in Q1 2018, IHS Markit | photon.info

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Why is Trump Sending Thousands of Troops to the US Mexican Border?

This is a costly piece of fascist fiction, completely divorced from the facts on the ground in Mexico about this “caravan”,  designed to whip up anti-immigrant fear in the uninformed and the racism in his base, in order to divert attention from his ludicrous (now never-heard) promise that Mexico would pay for a wall that he is now repeatedly attempting to foist upon US taxpayers.  

 

Monty

 

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility - Renewable Energy World



How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

April 10, 2018
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If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchainshould scare the bejeezus out of them.

That's because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that's proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it. Imagine your neighbor with a solar panel directly selling you cheap power to charge your Tesla.

Sure, there are some utilities that see the future and are trying to use blockchain to their advantage, but others ignoring it may soon start losing business to new hyper-local energy suppliers with a powerful tool to manage billions of data points cheaper and faster.

"It's changing the entire infrastructure," said Jan Vrins, head of Navigant Consulting Inc.'s energy practice. "If utilities don't embrace it and play a role, they will have a slowly sinking business."

Blockchain's expected to be top of mind at this week's Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit in New York this week, where hundreds in the industry will gather to discuss the future of energy. BNEF is estimating that $9 trillion will be spent on zero-carbon power generation through 2040 -- and Vrins sees the technology aiding those investments. Before the summit begins, here are a few early blockchain efforts to know about and how they may disrupt the utility model:

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Managing the Grid

This year, Burlington, Vermont, may become the first municipal utility to use blockchain to get generation assets working together across its grid. The city will use the technology to manage supply and demand in real-time, according to Killian Tobin, chief executive officer of Omega Grid, the blockchain software provider that's helping Burlington set up its system. Think batteries charging when there's excess wind power, and businesses automatically drawing down power demand when electricity prices are high.

Related: Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of Blockchain: Where Cryptotech Fits for Renewables Today and into the Future

Efforts like this threaten to take command-and-control duties away from utility engineers and reduce the need for equipment upgrades that electric companies rely on for profits.

"We're starting with a small utility and some micro-grids, but we want to deploy on an entire grid," Tobin said.

No More Power Lines?

Germany's Tennet TSO GmbH is working with batterymaker Sonnen GmbH and International Business Machines Corp. to form a virtual transmission line that uses blockchain to store excess power from wind farms in thousands of home batteries in the northern part of the country and unleash power pent up in the south.

Such efforts could eliminate the need for new power lines that utilities depend on for returns.

Trading With Your Neighbor

Trading is the focus of a lot of blockchain pilot projects. Lawrence Orsini, chief executive officer of LO3 Energy, is credited with facilitating the first peer-to-peer energy trade of solar power on a microgrid in Brooklyn, New York, in 2016. The same platform will also be used in Houston to help a group of businesses use their own resources to "micro-hedge" against swings in power prices instead of relying on a utility to do it for them.

Don't Get Us Wrong

Blockchain could help utilities in some ways. Tokyo Electric Power Co. wants to win back consumers, reversing an almost 15 percent decline in its customer base since the Japanese government opened up the industry to retail competition. The country's largest power provider formed a unit called Trende that will compete for customers with a solar and storage package and enable peer-to-peer power sales through blockchain.

Even Orsini cautioned that blockchain efforts are still in a testing phase and that the ultimate uses of the technology may differ from early experiments.

"This is not a revolution or a disruption," he said. "It's an evolution."

— With assistance by Brian Eckhouse, and Dave Merrill

©2018 Bloomberg News

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Vote for Science!

https://www.wired.com/story/mos-movement/
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Rusal Bonds Are Getting 30 Cent Bids After New Sanctions

Rusal Bonds Are Getting 30 Cent Bids After New Sanctions https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-13/rusal-bonds-are-said-to-be-bid-at-30-cents-as-new-sanctions-bite
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TPP Nations Welcome Trump's Interest, Don't Want to Renegotiate Anything.

You're welcome to rejoin but we don't want to hear any more about your master of the deal BS.

USA treated like the moron who leads it.

MB


TPP Nations Welcome Trump's Interest, Don't Want Renegotiation https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-04-12/trump-deputizes-kudlow-lighthizer-to-review-tpp-sasse-says
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Mob Boss, ‘Slime Ball’: Trump, Comey Trade Barbs Ahead of Book Release

Especially like his description of trying to understand what Trump says like being an "oral jigsaw puzzle with a shot clock added". 

Mob Boss, 'Slime Ball': Trump, Comey Trade Barbs Ahead of Book Release https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-04-13/comey-likens-trump-to-mafia-boss-in-excerpts-of-tell-all-book
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lawmakers Say Trump Exploring Rejoining Pacific Trade Talks

Who knew trade could be so complex?

What a complete imbecile.


https://www.manufacturing.net/news/2018/04/lawmakers-say-trump-exploring-rejoining-pacific-trade-talks
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I conclude that James Comey is a very fine judge of character and the situation

In his memoir, Comey paints a devastating portrait of a president who built “a cocoon of alternative reality that he was busily wrapping around all of us.” Comey describes Trump as a congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego. He concludes that concludes that this presidency is "a forest fire" that must be contained.

 

 

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

See the Russian government officials surrounding Putin and their friends here

U.S. Hits Russian Oligarchs And Officials With Sanctions Over Election Interference https://n.pr/2GCcdch

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

JPMorgan’s blockchain head is leaving to start her own business



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JPMorgan's blockchain head is leaving to start her own business // TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/03/jpmorgans-blockchain-head-is-leaving-to-start-her-own-business/

JPMorgan's key blockchain executive is departing the bank for the world of startups, it has emerged.

Amber Baldet heads up JPMorgan's Blockchain Center of Excellence, which explores the development of distributed ledger technology and use cases of blockchain technology across the firm's business. A high-profile figure in the blockchain space in her own right, she is leaving to start her venture, according to Reuters.

Baldet set up JPMorgan's blockchain strategy and headed up its enterprise-focused Quorum blockchain, which is reportedly being considered for a spinout. As Baldet's six-year tenure at the bank ends, she will be replaced by Christine Moy, who led blockchain services across the bank's Investor Services and Capital Markets segments, according to Fortune.

¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/5y02V30p2x

— Amber (@AmberBaldet) April 3, 2018

The exit is an example of a talent drain that is beginning to take shape in banking and financial services with engineers and business execs moving over to blockchain and crypto projects that are seen to have serious growth potential.

That's despite a rocky year to date for crypto, at least in terms of valuations.

Bitcoin reached nearly $20,000 per coin in December but it spent much of March below $10,000. As of today, one bitcoin is worth $7,387, according to Coinmarketcap.com. Top tokens like Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple are also down significantly on their record January-December prices.

There's a strong case to be made that a more stable crypto market is for the best, even if there is a loss in value. High prices led to high transaction fees, which made life difficult for developers whilst also adding uncertainty for market speculators and token collectors.

Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life. (That's definitely the case lately.)


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Get out the vote!

Trump to Dine With Executive From Amazon Competitor Oracle - A US President attacks a single US company and then dines with their competitor!

Trump to Dine With Executive From Amazon Competitor Oracle https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-04-03/trump-is-said-to-dine-with-oracle-s-catz-an-amazon-competitor
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U.S. Tariff List Aims at Technology China Wants to Dominate. Another emerging renewable technology takes a hit from this fossil industry shill.

U.S. Tariff List Aims at Technology China Wants to Dominate https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-04-03/u-s-china-tariff-list-takes-aim-at-technologies-beijing-covets
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Trump criticises China for $3bn tariffs on US imports as if this is some kind of outrageous, surprising thing to do to global trade!



White House criticises China for $3bn tariffs on US imports - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43622862

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EPA to Loosen Rules for Automobile Gas Mileage, Pollution. Having no idea where he is going, Trump sticks to Reverse.

Mystic Generating Station Closure Notice Leaves Room for Reversal if Perry is offering handouts

CAISO Moves Ahead with Energy Storage, DER Plan | RTO Insider