Northern New Mexico is the testing ground for a new kind of utility, one about to make its way into rural Colorado and overturn a decades-old system of providing power. “Conventional utilities are burdened with assets and inefficiencies,” said Chris Riley, president of Guzman Energy. “We are using market forces to reconstruct the grid.” The startup, with offices in Denver and Florida, markets itself as an “asset-light” alternative that can provide electric cooperatives and municipalities certainty on prices. Once electricity rates are set in a long-term contract, they won’t adjust every quarter or year, as is now the case. Through purchase agreements and investments in solar and wind projects, Guzman can meet rising demand from customers for more power from renewable resources. That in turn requires monitoring, balancing and trading power to keep customers adequately supplied on overcast and windless … [Read more...] about Guzman Energy promises renewable power to the people
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There is a broad spectrum of people who don’t go to tastings, don’t check wine scores or read wine articles. They don’t know the difference between Cabernet and Merlot. They just don’t care. However, they buy and drink. Their criteria are simple – to choose what is tasty to them and drink what they like. Look at the massive sales of Blue Nun, Lambrusco, Verdi and Moscato. These are wines that many professionals will sneer at. Don’t disparage the wine drinker who buys what he likes. I have encountered more than one wine shop manager who talks about Blue Nun in terms of embarrassment. “We sell Blue Nun because we have to” said one, “but it is not really wine.” Well, actually it is and two million bottles are sold each year.I am a kind of wine snob, because I love delving into the intricacies of wine. I spend my life typifying the wine lover stereotype and educating people to understand more about what they drink. Yet I hate … [Read more...] about Wine Talk: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
If you want your vote to really count on Nov. 6 — and for years to come — vote to the end of the ballot and vote yes on Proposal 2. Our current redistricting system is rigged in favor of special interests and lobbyists. The corrupt practice of partisan gerrymandering, where politicians work in secret to draw election districts that benefit them, has made us one of America’s most gerrymandered states. More: Michigan Voting 2018: Voter guide for Macomb, Wayne, Oakland counties More: Proposal 2 in Michigan: Pros and cons, what gerrymandering is Proposal 2 creates an independent commission that must openly operate in public meetings, with hearings before and after the commission draws maps. No politicians or lobbyists would be allowed on the commission. Proposal 2 requires the Voting Rights Act to be followed, ensuring minority representation in Michigan’s delegation to the U.S. House and the state Legislature. More: Why you should or should not … [Read more...] about Proposal 2: Does it give power to the people or take it away?
In 1987, Millard Bowen a retiree from Maryland who served as president of the Cape civic association from 1968 to 1972, gave an interview for the UF Oral History Program in which he described the difficult effort to incorporate a company town into an independent city. 1. By 1969, according to Bowen, the infrastructure of Cape Coral was deteriorating because the Rosens were going to sell out and were no longer interested in investing in the town, and because the Lee County Commission had never been forthcoming with money to fund anything in Cape Coral. 2. Bowen said that, faced with the withdrawal of the GALC from management of the town, its citizens were asking, “How are we going to take care of ourselves?” Increasingly, the idea of incorporation began to surface at civic association meetings. “It was becoming … a very hot subject here.” 3. “So we decided we were going to run a series of programs on the pros and cons of … [Read more...] about 5 things: Power to the people led to incorporation in Cape Coral
LOS GATOS, Calif. — “Black Mirror,” the speculative fiction series that encouraged people to be wary of new technology, is now hoping they will embrace it. The Netflix show is releasing just one episode for its fifth season, a narrative titled “Bandersnatch” during which the viewer decides what will happen next. It begins like this: Should the teenage video game whiz Stefan have Sugar Puffs or Frosties for breakfast? Soon the choices become more consequential. Will Stefan work at a game company, tell his therapist about his mother, take his meds? As so often on “Black Mirror,” reality is up for grabs. Viewers are voting on more than who lives and dies on one program. If the response to “Bandersnatch” is enthusiastic, Netflix will take it as a strong signal that the public is ready for interactive movies and television shows, and a new age of storytelling will commence. Not that the company needs much encouragement. It has already … [Read more...] about ‘Black Mirror’ Gives Power to the People