The Current Situation-Corona Virus

BLOG MAY 12 2020

There are 328,200,000 Americans. CV-19 people today sick is at 1.4M and 82,000 deaths. The 1.4M is about .004265 of the American people, or .4%. Point 4%. Less than half of one percent. The crashed economy affects at least 99% of 328,200,000 citizens. Maybe a little less. Say 98% or 321,636,000 are suffering. US population in the great depression of 1929 was at 122,000,000. The immediate research found says 40,000 died then over two years – most by suicide. Death by virus will likely climb to 130,000 until it is under control, projected at a shorter period of time. What’s the comparison? Now to the near future 130,000 / 328,200,000 = .039. In 1929 40,000 / 122,000,000 = .032. With both incidents the death rate count is less than one half of one percent.

In this current situation, May 2020, disease and sudden, shocking, financial poverty, isolation, and deprived connection to spiritual sources, our churches, combine. It becomes more than two problems, it becomes four. And the cure for the disease is to shut down the sources of physical, mental and spiritual survival, hence no personal contact, and no production. Physical, mental and spiritual poverty results! The solution to the virus is making, creating really, a much bigger problem, because of the quadruple negative effects potential.

The math is actually a no brainier as to what should be done. People have to be allowed to produce for their survival. For their mental and spiritual well- being. With the barriers removed, and practicing new social behaviors, four problems become one, and the one remaining is diminished by correct practices. Can we tolerate less than one half of one percent so that 328,070,000 people can survive in a civilized society?

Yes. It is factually the greater good. This is a much enhanced scenario. A much more pro survival solution. So why the great promotion of fear? The mass media. If it bleeds it leads. Ratings. Simple as that. And there may be something deeper, but whatever that may be, I cannot control it. And until I can, I continue to work, to determinedly flourish and prosper, and where I can, to help others.

Sherry Faust, CEO
Energy Systems LLC

3 Reasons to Invest in Renewable Energy Now

 

ENERGY SYSTEMS BLOG
by Sherry Faust, CEO
May 11, 2020

 

Based on many years as an entrepreneur, a VP Marketing for Fremont Bank (the only remaining CA community bank formed in 1964), the owner of a construction company, and the owner of a private school, having much experience in wholesale and retail sales, and a specialty in data evaluation, my ability to observe and evaluate markets has held me in good stead.  My capability in projecting future behavior of my own participation in markets is general, not necessarily granular, but has resulted in success in all of my endeavors, hence my confidence in offering my opinion based on those experiences.

The World Resources Institute May 5, 2020 article* “3 reasons to invest in renewable energy now”, concentrates on the benefit of stimulus investment and impact on climate change due to the CV-19 interruption, and to which I heartily agree, since it’s basic message is part of ESLLC Mission Statement.  However, it is my postulate that there is another benefit to investment in solar energy for profit, for return.  Challenge Americans with a huge threat to their survival and freedom, and the country comes together, as occurred in the American Revolution, 1918 pandemic, Pearl Harbor, WWII, 9/11, naming a few.  In early 2020, given the country’s economy has crashed for most of the last three months, the push and drive over the next quarters in all industries will accelerate with hard work and determination to make up for those lost months of return.  My agreement with Trump is not total by any means, however I do agree with his statement, likely from close adviser, Larry Fink of Blackrock, Inc**.  The cure cannot be worse than the problem.  The machine will soon go into high gear to make up for the current freeze in production.   Demand will be hitting highest levels in the second quarter 2021, just when ESLLC’s current 20MW project comes on line at COD.   Many small businesses may go under due to CV-19, but this will not impact the rest of the engine gearing up for, and surpassing, the 2020 loss and creating huge demand for energy.  American’s are smart people, there will be changes to social behavior, but it is certain Americans will not stand for an outrageous defeat by a bug!!

*There are many such articles on the net reflecting the time is right for investment in renewables.
**BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation based in New York City. Founded in 1988, initially as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, with $7.4 trillion in assets under management as of end-Q4 2019. Wikipedia

An American pledge at global climate talks

The second and final week of United Nations climate change talks in Madrid opened with a dash of optimism from the United States as a broad coalition of states, cities and businesses made a case that it could put a significant dent in planet-warming emissions without federal help.

Delivering the news was Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York City who is now running for president. Mr. Bloomberg co-founded the coalition, America’s Pledge, along with Gov. Jerry Brown of California. Its purpose is to help the United States stick to the goals of the Paris climate agreement despite President Trump’s plan to abandon the pact.

“The reason I am here in Madrid is really pretty simple,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “I am here because no one from the White House is here.”

A coalition report, issued this week and titled “Accelerating America’s Pledge,” found that, even without federal action, efforts to cut greenhouse gasses by the members of the group could have a significant impact.

Critically, the report found that there’s still time for the United States to hit net-zero emissions by midcentury. A recent United Nations report said countries would need to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

The pledge authors project that with expanded local action, combined with a comprehensive national strategy that includes clean energy legislation and policies to complete the phaseout of coal, the United States could reduce its emissions 49 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Left unsaid in the report, but explicitly noted by Mr. Bloomberg in a touch of electioneering, was that such national action would require an administration that prioritizes climate change.

“Beating climate change won’t require a miracle, it won’t require limitless resources,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “It will require leadership and common sense.”

Under the rules of the Paris Agreement, the United States will remain a party to the accord until Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the presidential election.

By Lisa Friedman

Reduce Food Waste

ONE THING YOUR CITY CAN DO: REDUCE FOOD WASTE

 

By Amelia Nierenberg

Reporter, Food

When we think about food waste, we usually think about individual households. Example: those sad looking carrots at the bottom of the fridge drawer. Your fault, your loss. Not a broader concern.

But those carrots are part of a systemic problem, one with grave implications for climate change. Project Drawdown ranked reducing food waste as the third most important step out of 80 proposed solutions.

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. In the United States alone, food waste generates the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as 37 million cars, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That accounts for both the energy used in agriculture to grow unused food, as well as the methane that’s released when the food rots in landfills.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that cities are coming up with solutions. Because most municipalities run their own sanitation systems, said Yvette Cabrera, deputy food waste director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, they’re “uniquely positioned to tackle the problem.”

Here are three main strategies cities are using.

Target waste
 Those sanitation systems give cities a lot of control over what happens to discarded food, and some are cracking down on waste.

Seoul, South Korea, for example, charges a fee for food waste. Families pay by weight.
At recycling sites, the waste is processed: Part is used for biofuels, while some is turned into fertilizer to help urban farms. The city also has over 6,000 automated bins where residents can weigh their food waste and pay their fees, according to the World Economic Forum.

Seoul now recycles 95 percent of its food waste, up from less than 2 percent in 1995.

A version of that was tried in the United States in 2015, when Seattle introduced an anti-waste program that, among other things, made it illegal to toss out food. A year later, a judge tossed out the measure’s enforcement provision when she ruled it was unconstitutional for trash collectors to snooping in garbage for edible morsels.
The law is still on the books, though, and it appears to have had an effect. For example, the program included an education campaign that focused on waste reduction, smarter shopping and composting. The right kind of food composting system produces lower emissions than a similar volume of food in a landfill, and you get something useful from composting: fertilizer.

Now, nearly 50 percent of food waste gets composted, according to Hans Van Dusen, the city’s solid waste contracts manager. And, waste sent to landfills is at a record low of 0.81 pounds per person per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency

“We are so disconnected from where our food comes from, we don’t think about the resources that take to get it to us,” said Veronica Fincher, a senior waste prevention program manager in Seattle. “We want to help people understand those impacts.”

For an example of what could happen if more cities tackled food waste, look to France. National law there requires large supermarkets to donate, rather than throw away, food that is still edible — a measure that has sharply increased food donations to charities, according to the government.

Businesses are key
Cities tend to have lots of restaurants and grocery stores, and that presents a huge opportunity to reduce food waste.

One of the leaders in working with supermarkets and chefs is New York City, which runs the largest composting program in the country. It’s part of a multimillion-dollar program to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by turning food scraps and yard waste into compost and, soon, clean energy. The goal is to get the city to zero waste by 2030.

in addition to the composting program, the city runs a robust online food donation portal, food waste fairs and waste-reduction challenges that recognize successful efforts by restaurants and supermarkets.

As of now, the city wastes four million tons of food a year. Of that, 500,000 tons come from restaurants. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that cutting commercial food waste by 5 percent would save more than 120,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

“Baby steps so far, but we want to be sure that restaurants have the tools to do well,” said the city’s sanitation commissioner, Kathryn Garcia. “There are some seriously committed chefs out there to ensuring that nothing gets wasted.”

Other cities have also introduced curbside recycling and incrementally expanded their food waste regulation, like Los Angeles, Denver and Baltimore, which are all setting public goals to decrease waste, expand curbside composting and work with chefs and restaurants to raise awareness about food waste reduction.

Redistribute the surplus

So, some cities are saving a lot of food from the landfill. Some goes to the compost bin. Some, though, is still edible. What to do with it?

That’s where food rescue programs come into the picture. Strictly speaking, these are not climate programs. But think of them as an added bonus: Cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the needy.

Milan, Italy has been a global leader in the rescue movement since 2015. That year, 15 tons of food was given to homeless people in just a few weeks when the chef Massimo Bottura helped to organize an anti-waste campaign. Since then, the city has written the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, an international food waste protocol for cities, and led a charge that helped to get Italy’s national government to pass food waste legislation.

According to its organizers, the food policy pact has been signed by 207 cities from around the world with a total of around 450 million inhabitants.

It shows how a local initiative can take off, and how cities can have an impact.

“Once you tell people they can’t throw food away, they start making different, creative decisions with it,” said Emily Broad Leib, the director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record

From the NY Times:
Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades

By Brad Plumer

  • Dec. 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — Emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019, researchers said Tuesday, putting countries farther off course from their goal of halting global warming.

The new data contained glimmers of good news: Worldwide, industrial emissions are on track to rise 0.6 percent this year, a considerably slower pace than the 1.5 percent increase seen in 2017 and the 2.1 percent rise in 2018. The United States and the European Union both managed to cut their carbon dioxide output this year, while India’s emissions grew far more slowly than expected.

And global emissions from coal, the worst-polluting of all fossil fuels, unexpectedly declined by about 0.9 percent in 2019, although that drop was more than offset by strong growth in the use of oil and natural gas around the world.

Scientists have long warned, however, that it’s not enough for emissions to grow slowly or even just stay flat in the years ahead. In order to avoid many of the most severe consequences of climate change — including deadlier heat waves, fiercer droughts, and food and water shortages — global carbon dioxide emissions would need to steadily decline each year and reach roughly zero well before the end of the century.

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“Every year that emissions go up, even if it’s just a small amount, makes the task of bringing them back down that much harder,” said Glen Peters, research director at the Center for International Climate Research in Norway, who helped compile the data.

The new emissions figures, reported by the Global Carbon Project and published simultaneously in three scientific journals, arrived as diplomats from more than 190 nations gathered in Madrid for another round of United Nations talks on how to strengthen their efforts to rein in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

So far, progress has been sluggish, the new reports warn. During the 2000s, global fossil-fuel emissions were rising by roughly 3 percent each year on average, driven in large part by rapid coal-fueled growth in China. Since 2010, emissions have grown more slowly, by about 0.9 percent per year on average, as China’s need for new coal plants has waned and governments around the world have tried to promote cleaner technologies like electric cars, wind and solar power.

“I do think global and national policies are making a difference, particularly by driving the rapid growth in renewables, and we’d be worse off without them,” said Rob Jackson, a professor of earth system science at Stanford University and an author of one of the studies published Tuesday. “But at the same time, it’s clear those policies haven’t been enough to stop the growth in fossil fuels.”

The new data shows that natural gas, which is less polluting than coal but still a fossil fuel, has become the biggest driver of emissions growth globally in recent years. Japan, for instance, has relied on imported natural gas to replace many of the carbon-free nuclear plants that were closed down after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power station. And a boom in hydraulic fracturing has recently made natural gas the largest source of electricity in the United States, where it helps fill the gaps during lulls in wind and solar production.

“Natural gas may produce fewer carbon emissions than coal, but that just means you cook the planet a bit more slowly,” said Dr. Peters. “And that’s before even getting into the worries about methane leaks” from gas infrastructure.

A handful of countries account for the majority of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions each year, with China responsible for 26 percent, the United States 14 percent, the European Union 9 percent and India 7 percent. The new reports show how each region is grappling with its own unique challenges.

China’s emissions are projected to rise by about 2.6 percent this year as the government continues to invest in new infrastructure to stimulate its slowing economy. While coal emissions in China grew by just 0.8 percent, the country is quickly expanding its appetite for oil to fuel cars and trucks, and natural gas to heat homes and power factories.

In the United States, carbon dioxide emissions are on track to fall roughly 1.7 percent in 2019, thanks to a sharp decline in coal-fired electricity. Still, this year’s drop in United States emissions isn’t expected to be enough to offset the 2.8 percent increase in 2018, suggesting that the country is struggling to control emissions at a time when the Trump administration has moved to roll back Obama-era regulations on carbon pollution from vehicle tailpipes and power-plant smokestacks.

The European Union’s emissions are also on track to fall 1.7 percent this year as the continent’s emissions-trading system helped push roughly one-fifth of its coal power off the grid. At the same time, Europe also saw an increase in demand for diesel and aviation fuel, indicating that policymakers are failing to curtail emissions from cars, trucks and planes even as they lay out big plans to promote electric vehicles.

India, which is trying to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, was perhaps the biggest surprise in the new data. India’s emissions are expected to rise a mere 1.8 percent this year after an 8 percent increase in 2018.

Some of that slowdown, the researchers noted, can be explained by weaker economic growth and an unexpectedly strong monsoon season that allowed the country to generate more electricity from its emissions-free hydroelectric dams and less from its coal plants. But India’s government is also pursuing big plans to promote solar power and electric vehicles, and it remains to be seen whether those policies can help the country constrain future emissions.

“India is still a big wild card” for projections of future emissions, Dr. Jackson said. “So getting a handle on how much of that drop was anomalous weather and how much a change in the long-term trend is really important.”

 

Our Mission

A major point I feel is critical to mine and all energy production companies, now involves the effects of the rising Earth temperature due to the emissions of pollutants.  Climate Change is an existential threat.  It is rolling ahead out of control.  Most are just beginning to realize what it actually is.

I know it is hard to confront.  I know many do not agree.  But, global warming, climate change, whichever label one uses to describe this existential crisis, very much needs to be confronted.  Because there is no option but to pursue solutions to revert it, and now’s the time for causation on this situation.
Why?  Because it is capable of destroying all life!

In 2100, my 2 year old grandson, Boston, will be 81, if he makes it through the effects of an un-reverted rising planet temperature!  These effects are easy to predict, because they are happening now, they are observable.  And coming down the road as the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, there will be increasing magnitudes of the fires, floods, hurricanes, diminishing ice caps, receding land masses with rising seas, drought…these extreme environmental conditions result in massive population relocation, loss of property, disease, famine, conflict, suffering, loss of life.  Magnitudes of changes in life as we know it!  That is very hard to confront.  Most just bounce off it. Or deny it.  It is natural disaster.  Seemingly beyond the control of the individual.  But this is not true.  There are solutions if employed soon enough.

Solar power, the energy source without CO2 emissions pumped into the atmosphere, is a huge part of the solution.  Other technologies must be developed, like clean coal, but right now we can do something about it.  Build solar power plants.  In magnitudes, with storage, and outlaw the burning of CO2 emitting fuels to create power.

I know I can at least do my part….my mission…Energy Systems’ mission, and hopefully, my gift to Boston, and all children alive today.  I am building solar power plants.  I am looking for people who can and want to align with that purpose.

Thank you for your help and support.

Sherry Faust, CEO

Solar Development

Solar Power Plant Development & Construction

Marketing Campaign

  • PPA Marketing campaign is underway promoting to entities entities in California and Nevada industrial and commercial as well as the Spot Market for electrical sales.

Environment

  • Environmental study is done with no endangered species or NEPA violations found. Summary is in hand. No agency submissions are required.

Engineering Procurement & Construction

  • ESLLC is considering doing its own EPC work

Pipeline

  • We now have 5 projects in preliminary planning, with the first moving forward to shovel ready.  Craig Sutton of Keller Investments is driving the land control project at this time.  NV 240 acres is waiting for our agreement as having been done.  Texas is in progress on the purchase agreement in land south of San Antonio.  Similar to current Pahrump price.    NM sites, two are under contract.   We will require at least a year due diligence on all land control, and have agreement for another year’s renewal if needed.
  • During the process we are also pursuing the other commercial assets.  Example, Guadalupe Valley Electric Association has already asked us to submit a proposal with the kWh price.
  • Commercial Assets: First the development total will be between $1M and $2M cost for each, to do all the financial engineering, solar engineering, transmission line engineering, applications, hearings, Grid Connection Agreement, County Development Agreement and deal with all their departments including Civil Engineering code compliance,
  • Power Plant creation is an intricate project with many parties, and takes some time to ensure forward movement.  We have to run tests on all the sites to determine the production of the sun per meter squared.   If we invest this money, we want to make sure the land control is ours until we finish the due diligence on the site’s performance.  We want to get the structure in the ground before the end of the year, if the due diligence proves positive, in order to be eligible for the secure Federal ITC funding.

 

Current Pojects

1. 100 acres 20MW in Pahrump – Under contract

2. 200 Acres 40MW adjacent to the current Pahrump project to be done

3. 100 acres 40 miles SE of San Antonio, Texas

4. 480 acres 90MW East of Albuquerque

5. NM East of Las Lunas NM – under contract MLP 1157 acres – Potential 230MW

Draft of park at Pahrump

This is a draft of the intended park adjoined to the 20MW solar project in Pahrump, NV.  Picnic tables and horse trails, requested by neighboring residents, provide an aesthetic environment for the neighbors. Maintenance and cleanup will be provided.