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February 20, 2023
Topics: Renewable energy, INSA-ESNA23, Mango Energy, CLMlu Energy, cannabis, California EVs, Ram 1500 REV pickup, Yale, AI Quiz
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🌞Renewable power for consumers: ISNA-ESNA23 (The Intersolar North American-Energy Storage North America) trade show took place last week in Long Beach, California. It was alive and kicking with well over 300 vendors talking, teaching and igniting clean energy storage systems so we can all live cleaner and more independent and sustainable lives with renewable energy.
Photovoltaic and solar energy products were everywhere. Other clean energy products from bio and hydrogen-based companies were also present. Cutting-edge CMBlu Energy is delivering bio "organic solid-flow" clean energy storage using no metals. Their energy storage solution is non-flammable, made from recyclable materials, and is very scalable and consumer-friendly. They are headquartered in Germany and have expanded to Petaluma, California.
Mango Power literally empowers all to: Go Green-Be Better-Sustainable. They are consumer ready and their phenomenal E Home Backup and Portable Power Station can be purchased through Mango's website and Amazon. The units are portable, stackable and expandable for using inside a home/apartment, camping, EV charging, RVs, off-grid living or in the garage. The unit has 6 different outlet types to power up anything. Power independence to all of us using renewable energy was the value of this show.
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🍁California cannabis lounge update California has had a few consumption lounges and they don't seem to stay around very long. Most local jurisdictions won't allow them, though the are 100% legal in the state; and excessive advertising restrictions prevent true growth potential. On the other hand, cannabis lounges in the Netherlands serve freshly prepared food and refreshments and they even host live events. That business model certainly adds to what attracts roughly 46 million visitors to the Netherlands annually. California state law which does not allow those activities in cannabis lounges.
Change may be on the way. Democratic Assembly Member Matt Haney has proposed to the state to start allowing that business model in, AB 374. He believes it will help struggling legal cannabis businesses and, at the same time, will boost California's tourism and economy. The measure will not permit cannabis lounges to sell alcoholic beverages, nor will it allow other enterprises to sell cannabis. It keeps control local, allowing local jurisdictions to still control everything locally despite this new business change.
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🛻Ram pickup truck If there is one thing we have learned from Ram trucks over the years, it is that the best things take time. Another thing we have now learned from the Stellantis-owned pickup brand is that it is better to be late than never. As Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr. said at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, the brand's first-ever EV, Ram 1500 REV, will hit the market by 2024. That puts it behind the Rivian R1T, the 2022 GMG Hummer EV, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMG Sierra EVs. But Ram's battery-powered electric truck will likely be the best on the market when it becomes available.
The Ram 1500 EV pickup will have more range than other electric trucks already unveiled. It will also have fast charging capability and an optional range extender to prevent the EV range from decreasing when towing, a common problem among most electric pickups today. Ram has already sold out for their waitlist of (refundable) $100 reservation spaces.
🎉EV truck discounts Last week, AB184 was delivered to the Nevada State Legislature. The bill would provide a voucher for EV truck buyers through a voucher and The Clean Trucks and Buses Incentive Program. The plan is to utilize 35% of the federal money coming to the state through the Carbon Reduction Program.
There are many specifics to the bill. For example, the new EV truck must be purchased by a current Nevada truck owner. Also. the new EV truck must stay in Nevada for at least 5 years and it must be used at least 5,000 miles/year. Let's hope the legislation is revised to ease up on some of those restrictions so more consumers can enter the EV truck market under that proposed law.
🌿The Ivy League and cannabis The recreational cannabis industry is expanding in the United States. At least 21 states have approved the adult-use sales, including Connecticut, and more states hope to join the growing numbers. Yale University in Connecticut will open The Yale Center for the Science of Cannabis and Cannabinoids.
Dr. Deepak Cyril D'Souza, a professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, will head this research center. He will be tasked to study the acute and chronic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids on neurodevelopment and mental health.
🤖Take a fun 6 question quiz! Are you curious about how much you know about AI (Artificial Intelligence)? Take this quick six question quiz with multiple choice answers to select from. I did take the quiz yesterday and I got them all correct... yes I like to indulge in the humble-brag on occasion. You might be able to also and it feels kinda good!
Here's the link to the Pew Research quiz: Tap this link
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Fun question of the day: Do you want to test drive an EV pickup truck?
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Last fun question of the day: Should all social media be regulated?
80% of respondents said YES
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