Category: Environment

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 »

AWEA Showcases Wind Energy in the Windy City

AWEA Showcases Wind Energy in the Windy City
 WINDPOWER, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind and renewable energy conference, kicked off in Chicago (May 7 -9) with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) leadership including Steve Lockard, AWEA’s newly elected Board Chair and President and CEO of TPI Composites, providing their vision and direction for American wind power to the more than 7,500 attendees. The... 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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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 »

Thonis-Heracleion New York

Thonis-Heracleion New York
If you haven’t heard about Thonis-Heracleion, it is an ancient Egyptian city lost for over 1,200 years and thought to be a myth. It’s been discovered beneath the waves of Abu Qir Bay on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. Researchers are attempting to answer questions like how did the city sink? There is some evidence... Read more »
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Deniers, Liars, Climate, Trump and Republicans

Deniers, Liars, Climate, Trump and Republicans
Let me start out by saying I do not believe in climate deniers. I believe they are liars. Trump and the rest of his cadre of playing crazy cohorts know full well that planet earth or at least those on it are in serious trouble. So why the charade? MONEY! This is disaster capitalism at... Read more »

Climate and the Continent or Why I No Longer Want to Move to Africa

Climate and the Continent or Why I No Longer Want to Move to Africa
As a child I heard my mother speak often of Marcus Garvey and “back to the Motherland”. She wasn’t particularly into the idea. She was just teaching me history, her living history. She didn’t just read about Marcus Garvey and his quest to use the money he amassed and the ships he could muster to... 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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Sustainable Cars or Green Speeding

Sustainable Cars or Green Speeding
Guest blog by John Toliver, the son I sent to the Chicago Auto Show. If you’re interested in seeing some pics of the cars John reviewed check the post http://www.chicagonow.com/bronzeville-urban-green/2017/02/green-at-the-chicago-auto-show/#image/1 This entry is really about sustainable cars. Since this is a green blog I will mostly focus on cars that have either reduced emissions or no... Read more »