Electric Car Maker Tesla to Finally Use CCS Charging Plug

Tesla-EV-Model-3-CCSTesla has finally announced that cars sold in Europe will be equipped with the European industry-standard CCS Combo-2 plug.

Tesla has been fighting to make it’s electric vehicle Supercharger network the world standard, but adoption has been slow outside of the US.

In Europe, the CCS fast charging system is the norm, but Tesla has created a network of its own Supercharger electric stations to support Tesla owners.  Up to this point in Europe, Tesla owners needed to buy an expensive adapter to use the CCS, but it was not compatible with the model 3.

Today, Tesla has announced that Model 3s built for the European market will come with the CCS Combo-2 port.


Commercial Outdoor Lights Are A Smart Choice For Solar Energy

outdoor solar lightingCommercial outdoor lights can be run with solar energy due to the availability of solar power during the day and the relatively small amount of energy it takes to run them.  However, if one were to take into account of the commercial outdoor lights that are run in the world, that adds up to a great deal of power.  Therefore, installing solar-powered outdoor lights is a good first initiative to ensure that industry is using less energy on a daily basis.

Some companies are waiting for the cost of solar energy to equal the cost of traditional energy, but they are forgetting one critical part of this equation:  There is never a power bill with solar energy.  With the advent of solar energy and the opportunities it offers for businesses to save tons of money every year, it is time to make a change and find out how much solar energy can really save a business on a yearly basis.


Manufacturers Should Be Zeroing In On Energy Efficiency

electronic manufacturingThe manufacturing industry is a the one place where energy efficiency is most in need of implementation.  While energy efficiency is a primary concern of those who are working on “green” initiatives, manufacturing companies are seen to use the most energy and waste the most energy at the same time.

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are seen as the best targets of energy efficiency programs as they are small enough that they can make changes to their processes without causing a major upheaval in their business.  Energy efficiency programs have a hard time reaching businesses because each business needs to see a reason why they must make changes.  Also, companies want to see the profit in their changes before they begin making alterations to their manufacturing lines that could cost them millions of dollars.

Although a business can readily tell how much cost would be associated with rolling out a green initiative, it can be difficult for a business to quantify the potential savings they would capture from lower electricity bills brought about because of the increased energy efficiency.

In the fight the make manufacturing as energy efficient as possible, it is imperative that relationships be built with companies who can learn how to make changes and keep their business solvent.


California Efficiency Still Missing The Mark

california electricity meterWith energy efficiency programs running all over the state of California, there have been improvements in energy conservation, but that does not mean that all is well on the state’s energy grid.

The state offers a great many alternative energy options, but these options have not yet filled the void in energy needs that are sweeping over a state that is rapidly growing.  In fact, California has much more to do to make sure it can secure its energy grid long into the future.

The Home Upgrade Program allows for homes to be made more energy efficient, but the changes in homes do not always meet the mark without conservation efforts going on at the same time.  Moreover, the programs in California are limited by public laws designed to keep them from overriding each other.

While the state has done much to help with energy reform, this is only the beginning if the state wants to have a solid and stable energy grid in the future.


Industrial Companies Need To Kick It Up A Green Notch

industrial enery efficiencyIndustrial firms that are being asked to conserve energy and look at ways of keeping the energy grids less-taxed are still missing the mark.  While industry executives believe that energy efficiency benefits them and their customers, not much is being done currently to ensure that energy efficiency is achieved in factories and plants all over the world.

While executives want to make changes to their energy usage, they have faced barriers, in their eyes, to making sure that their companies are being as efficient as possible.

Most businesses think that they have three main barriers to changing their energy efficiency.  First, the companies do not believe they have actionable information to use in upgrades of their plants.  Second, they do not see how it benefits their bottom line.  Finally, they feel as though they do not have the funds to put into infrastructure changes within their business.

If the industries are serious about energy efficiency, something must be done, and it must happen soon.


U.S. Military On Track For Renewable Energy Goals

Local community gets clean water thanks to BHGWhile Europeans are working to get to a goal of using 27% renewable energy by 2030, the U.S. military has made a goal of using 25% renewables, but they plan to meet that goal by 2025.

The Pentagon, which controls military operations centrally, has 2.3 billion square feet of space on buildings that it controls where it can harvest solar energy.  These buildings can all be tapped to power military installations without the need for a traditional power grid.

The military does not want to poke fun at the Europeans, but it does want to make use of all the space that it has at its disposal.  By using power-purchase agreements, the military is going to be able to get private financing for these projects and get them built very quickly to help meet their targets.  If the program goes over well, the entire U.S. military will be energy-independent very soon.