Category: Chicago

Lyft as in Stolen, The Saga of a Disgusted Ex Lyft User

I’ve had it! I’ve been insulted by Lyft drivers. Lyft driver stole my peace of mind.  I’ve been robbed by a Lyft driver. I’m removing the app from my phone and on a crusade to see that friends do the same. The last straw was this past two weeks. I stood firm even when I... Read more »

Smart Grids, Microgrids and Batteries

Smart Grids, Microgrids and Batteries
Smart grid conference began with the tour of S and C electric.  I wanted to catch the sponsored bus tour to S and C electric as a first stop. This is a home grown business in operation for 125 years. S & C has a great model of a microgrid on display complete with light... Read more »

“B” in IBEW Does Not Mean Black For Future Energy Jobs Act

“B” in IBEW Does Not Mean Black For Future Energy Jobs Act
I never considered my self an angry black woman but I may have to don a baseball cap with ABW!!! emblazoned on it. I’ve marched. I’ve protested starting way back with the Viet Nam war and Earth Day. On the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. M.L. King, Jr. I quietly hoped somethings had... Read more »
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FOX Channel Please Pick Up Roseanne Show

FOX Channel Please Pick Up Roseanne Show
I was not one of the 18 million who tuned in to see Roseanne. A significant number of viewers were in Chicago. That didn’t surprise me. We have one of the most segregated cities in these United States.  To be honest I didn’t watch Roseanne when it was on television before. Before you think I... Read more »

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?
I never thought that would be a question that I would have. Threatened? OK, the grammar school bully might have been pretty scary and maybe you had a run in with some ruffian who wanted to snatch your cell phone. That’s being a kid and later that’s living in the city but this is different. ... Read more »

David and Goliath in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed

David  and Goliath  in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed
Full disclosure- The author of this blog is a founding member of the not for profit discussed herein. There is a teeny-tiny grassroots not for profit in Chicago specifically dedicated to economic and sustainable education and development in the Bronzeville community. This is the “David” of the story. On the opposing team is “Goliath” or... Read more »
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Cook County Sugar Tax Should Have Been a Sweet Deal

Cook County Sugar Tax Should Have Been a Sweet Deal
Got to have that sugar! It really doesn’t matter that taxing sugary drinks might have helped to keep Cook County Health Services protecting the poor, disenfranchised, and those that can’t afford health care insurance alive. This might be especially important in this age of Trump and getting rid of the Affordable Care Act (mainly because... Read more »

Obsession and Today's Headlines

Obsession, an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. I am obsessed with my waist line or at least the lack of one. I was a fat kid. Well not really. I went from a really skinny kid between two to six years of age to a fat kid. At... Read more »

What’s a Microgrid and Why Do We Care?

What’s a Microgrid and Why Do We Care?
A microgrid is a discrete energy system consisting of distributed energy sources (including demand management, storage, and generation) and loads capable of operating in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. If the definition  didn’t clarify this for you, join millions in the same boat.  So let’s break it down. Discrete energy system – not... Read more »
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Smart Cities: Copenhagen Gets Bike Bridges. We get Border Walls

Smart Cities: Copenhagen Gets Bike Bridges. We get Border Walls
Day 1 of the Smart Cities Symposium is over. It was a bizarre feeling to be sitting in a conference with people from all over the world who believe in global warming, climate change and the need to develop cities in which technology is designed to make human endeavors more comfortable for humans while protecting... Read more »