90 businesses & organizations finally getting off the offsets & really reducing their carbon footprint
It's about damn time... Headway in FUSION
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March 15, 2022
Topics: Clean energy, Indiana, California, fusion, wind, solar, Helion, Sam Altman, Lightyear One, Aptera, SEVs, NCAA, cannabis, restaurant, Nashville
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🌬️Fifty per cent carbon reduction by 2030 In late February, ninety organizations and businesses such as IKEA, Harley-Davidson, Hilton, MGM Resorts, GE, GM, Toyota, the State of Maryland and more announced their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 or sooner. This means they will be not be using "offsets" to achieve this. An example of an offset is continuing to emit green house gases and then planting thousands of trees to offset/absorb/store those emissions. This is a major adjustment.
Nonprofit CalWEA disclosed that wind energy projects in California and from out of state total 11% of the state's total energy, which is "more than enough to power all homes in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Counties combined." Wind power represents about 27% of the renewal energy used by the state.
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🌞Indiana's big solar move Northern Indiana Public Service Co (NIPSCO) is going green in a big way. It has two major solar farm projects that will provide 700 megawatts of renewable energy in two counties. For the Starke county site, NIPSCO is teaming with EDP Renewables North America to build Dunns Bridge Solar Farm. It will generate $40 million annually for local taxes and it plans to pay landowners up to $1 million annually.
NextEra Energy Resources LLC will oversee the Jasper County project which will power 79,000 homes with 900,000 solar panels. Phase 2 includes an additional 1.5 million solar panels and battery storage. According to the plans, they should be operational in 2023.
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💥Fusion breakthrough Researchers at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California are working tirelessly to achieve nuclear fusion success, to provide abundant, clean energy around the Earth. In January, the team of over 100 scientists published a study that showed they achieved burning plasma, a feat which took them more than one year to accomplish. The researchers aim to achieve Ignition, a chain-reaction stage that will produce energy at greater levels. Is it possible to achieve within a decade?
💥New fusion facility Nuclear fusion, which is the opposite of nuclear fission, is a good solution for sustainable energy, and Helion Energy is banking on it. The clean energy firm has attracted Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, Inc. Altman invested $375 million in Helion. The company raised a total of $500 million in the most recent funding round, which it will use the fund the completion of the fusion facility in Everett, Washington. Added bonus, they're hiring!
Sam Altman penned Moore's Law for Everything and it takes a philosophical view of work and the socioeconomic impact of it. His prediction or perception may or may not be correct, but it does make for good conversation. Watch this video for a review of nuclear power.
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🏁Gorgeous Lightyear Lightyear One has yet to enter the market, but it's already making a buzz with it's beauty and battery range of 450 miles. The electric car is in fact, a solar EV or SEV. That means you could drive it for months without charging it.
Lightyear, the Netherlands based company manufacturing the SEV, said Lightyear Onealso consumes less energy and has the lowest emissions than any other EV on the market. Reservations for markets in EU, Norway and Switzerland are now being taken.
🏆San Diego-based Aptera is coming Aptera’s solar-powered EV, or SEV vehicle is called Beta, and it could be the fastest, most sustainable EV yet. Aptera tested Beta in a drag race with the Tesla Model 3, Audi R8 Spyder, and its front-wheel-drive Alpha prototype. Beta outperformed Tesla’s most efficient EV and Audi’s sports car. The SEV could also travel farther than the Lucid Air on a single charge.
Aptera is now accepting reservations for Beta. The SEV will starting price at $29,990 when it enters the market.
📚From 35 to 150 The NCAA is the governing body for college athletes and it has adjusted its cannabis testing policies. Student-athletes can now consume up to 150 nanograms per milliliter of THC. This is a significant increase from the previous level of 35.
The NCAA will also allow athletes who test positive to THC to participate in competitions if their school provides them with a management plan and assure the student-athlete complies with the program. Dr. Brian Hainline, the Chief Medical Officer for the NCCA added, "Marijuana is not considered a performance- enhancing substance, but it remains important for member schools to engage student-athletes regarding substance use prevention and provide management and support when appropriate."
🍁Nashville's cannabis restaurant and bar First in Santa Monica and now in Nashville, cannabis bars & restaurants are starting to come online across the United States. Get ready, Buds & Brews, will open in Nashville by May.
Craft Cannabis is the Tennessee-based cannabis company launching Buds & Brews. Guests can enjoy hemp derived THC-infused desserts, drinks, and sauces. Buds & Brews will also have plenty of televisions to let customers watch their favorite games with a great green twist! Pile on some country music and life gooood.
Thanks again for being you. Until the next issue, be sure to add more green to your life!
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