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Culture Factor 2.0
Chris Skinner: Power of People with Bitcoin, Power of State is too Great!

Culture Factor 2.0

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 38:50


Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology, and as an independent commentator on fintech through his blog, The Finanser.com. His latest book (sixteenth!) is called Doing Digital. He is Chair of Nordic Future Innovation, is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of many FinTech and financial firms. Mr. Skinner has been an advisor to the United Nations, the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. He is a visiting lecturer with Cambridge University, as well as, a TEDx speaker. In recent years, he has been voted one of the UK's foremost fintech observers by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News and Thomson Reuters. Chris is also a successful children's author and co-founder of The Portrait Foundation, a non-profit platform to encourage children and the arts. Let's start with the recent crash in crypto, in your blog you state that you believe the end-game will be a hybrid model of CBDCs, stablecoins and cryptocurrencies. I found is fascinating that you state that too many people believe these currencies are all about HODLing (in the crypto slang it's about keeping them as an investment) instead of what currencies are really about, which is allowing the exchange of value to buy and sell products and services. It's all about creating currencies that work for value exchange in a networked world.Would you like an opportunity to give this more depth for those just beginning to invest in cryptocurrency and please define CBDC (central back digital currency)?What is your take on a global coin and how this would affect governments if it's realized? A coin that can be traded anywhere, anytime, in real-time with anyone.Your book, Digital Human, explores the transformations that are sweeping through all spheres of life: the domination of global digital giants; the advent of new financial structures (FinTech); the disruption brought about by Bitcoin; the rise of robots; and the fall of banks.A standout line from your book: not only will everyone on the planet be connected digitally, they can be raised out of poverty through inclusion. Can we dive into your thoughts on blockchain, cryptocurrency and how this may level the playing field for those in poverty?Digital for Good looks at everything from how banking plays a role in the climate emergency through the FinTech world using technology to overcome issues of inequality and inclusion. I'd like to understand this intersection, can you share your vision for Fintech in lifting us out of this global climate crisis and possibly helping marginalized lives?Chris Skinner's Blog, The Finanser Chris Skinner, LinkedinChris Skinner, TwitterHolly Shannon's WebsiteZero To Podcast on AmazonHolly Shannon, LinkedinHolly Shannon, InstagramHolly Shannon, TwitterWatch Culture Factor and VaynerNFT#nfts #nft #nftart #cryptocurrency #blockchain #metaverse #culturefactor #web3 #smartcontracts #bitcoin #nftartist #nftcollectors #eth #ethereum #youtubers #tiktok #instagram #reels #branding  #entrepreneur #coach #consulting #zerotopodcast #podcast #jobsearching #thoughtleader #thoughtleadership #startapodcasttoday #startapodcastalready   #experiences #experientialmarketing #companyculture #employeeengagment #community #peertopeer #decentralizedeconomy

TD Ameritrade Network
Energy, Utilities, & Healthcare Led The Stock Market Today

TD Ameritrade Network

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 7:14


The stock market today closed mixed following a choppy session. "Energy, healthcare, and utility sectors saw strength today. The VIX or the Fear Index came down some, which can give some confidence to the bullish traders. Investors are anticipating upcoming economic reports," says Kevin Green. "We may be looking at a bear bounce in the market. It's irresponsible to call a bottom with all of the data that will be released," Scott Durfey adds.

Energy Transitions
AMI – Benefits & Challenges of this Technology for Developing Countries

Energy Transitions

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 35:54


In this episode of the Energy Transitions Series, our guests unpack the Benefits and challenges of AMI for a developing country like India, which is going through a massive AMI rollout exercise for its 270 million electricity connections. While there will be many benefits to the distribution companies from the adoption of AMI, there will be many unknowns and unforeseen challenges for all stakeholders, including system integrators, OEMs, Utilities, Government and Consumers. With an estimated 20-30% of challenges faced by a utility, unique to them and their customer base, the remaining 70%-80% are common barriers for any utility in any developing country. The benefits and challenges are also linked to the maturity of a Utility, which translates into the volume and frequency of how AMI will be used by the Utility for its Energy Transition like DER, Energy Storage and EV. Guest: Rishi. P. Goyal, Assistant Vice President, Director Cell, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, New Delhi, India Speakers: - Sunil Mittal is working with Networked Energy Services as Director (Business Development) for Indian Market- Larry Colton, Director, International Business Development and Government Affairs Host: Jonathan Spencer Jones

The Steve Gruber Show
Grover Norquist, 17% raise in Shelter, Gas & Utilities

The Steve Gruber Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 7:30


Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Inflation “foods like meat, eggs, bread, milk, and produce, in addition to shelter, gas, and utilities,” rose an astonishing 17% in May from the previous year.

Energy Evolution
'The next OPEC' – Battery materials startup 6K on risks of US import dependence

Energy Evolution

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 12:08


The U.S. is highly dependent on other countries for lithium-ion batteries and materials. Aaron Bent, CEO of lithium-ion battery materials startup 6K, told Energy Evolution that could change with new technologies. Energy Evolution co-hosts Dan Testa, Allison Good and Taylor Kuykendall are veteran journalists with broad expertise covering the utility, oil and gas and mining sectors. Subscribe to Energy Evolution on your favorite platform to catch our latest episodes! Inside Koch Industries' push into solar, batteries and electric cars: https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/inside-koch-industries-push-into-solar-batteries-and-electric-cars-69705159

The HMO Podcast
Q&A - With interest rates, utilities and material costs all rising, can a newbie start (investing in HMOS) now?

The HMO Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 17:58


In today's Q&A, I'm answering a question from @williski. Can a newbie really invest and make it work in today's HMO market despite the rising utility costs, material costs, and interest rates?Listen to the full episode to find out what my thoughts are.Got any questions? Ask us in The HMO Community Facebook Group or become a member at The HMO Roadmap to help you start, scale, and systemise your HMO business. You can also follow me on Instagram @andygraham.hmo or follow The HMO Podcast on Facebook for more updates! 

Morgans AM
Friday, 24 June 2022: US equity markets advanced after Federal Reserve Chairman concluded a second day of congressional testimony

Morgans AM

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 6:07


US equity markets advanced after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell concluded a second day of congressional testimony with a vow to battle inflation, even if it risks a recession - Dow up +194-points or +0.64% and settling near its session highs at 30,677.36. The broader S&P500 +0.95%, with more defensive sectors like Utilities (up +2.35%), Health Care (+2.22%) and Real Estate (+2.01%) atop the primary sector leaderboard for a second consecutive session. Energy (down -3.74%) was the worst performing primary sector for a second day running. Occidental Petroleum Corp added +0.57% as Berkshire Hathaway Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Warren Buffett increased his firm's stake in the oil-and-gas company by 9.6M shares or US$529M in June, according to regulatory filings cited by The Wall Street Journal, lifting the holding to ~16%. The Nasdaq +1.62%. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 rose +1.27%.

Morgans Financial Limited
Morgans AM: Friday, 24 June 2022

Morgans Financial Limited

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 6:06


US equity markets advanced after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell concluded a second day of congressional testimony with a vow to battle inflation, even if it risks a recession - Dow up +194-points or +0.64% and settling near its session highs at 30,677.36. The broader S&P500 +0.95%, with more defensive sectors like Utilities (up +2.35%), Health Care (+2.22%) and Real Estate (+2.01%) atop the primary sector leaderboard for a second consecutive session. Energy (down -3.74%) was the worst performing primary sector for a second day running. Occidental Petroleum Corp added +0.57% as Berkshire Hathaway Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Warren Buffett increased his firm's stake in the oil-and-gas company by 9.6M shares or US$529M in June, according to regulatory filings cited by The Wall Street Journal, lifting the holding to ~16%. The Nasdaq +1.62%. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 rose +1.27%.

My Climate Journey
Startup Series: Sense

My Climate Journey

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 43:49


Today's guest is Mike Phillips, Co-founder and CEO of Sense.Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, Sense provides homeowners with real-time insights that illustrate their home energy use. Users of Sense's Home Energy Monitor are able to not only understand energy use on an appliance level, but also identify opportunities to both save money and consume energy when it's cheapest and cleanest. Sense is actively pursuing a broader and more ambitious vision. By deploying its technology as a software application and embedded intelligence for the growing landscape of smart meters, the company is positioning itself to expand its energy monitoring and management capabilities considerably. As investors in Sense via our MCJ collective venture capital fund, we were excited to talk with Mike in more detail about his climate journey and the company's origin story and progress so far. We have a great discussion about the future of the home, electric panels, smart meters, the role utilities play in hardware deployment, and in what ways consumers want to be involved in home energy management. Enjoy the show!  You can find me on Twitter @codysimms, @mcjpod (podcast) or @mcjcollective (company). You can reach us via email at info@mcjcollective.com, where we encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.Episode recorded June 14, 2022.

Culture Factor 2.0
Medha Parlikar: Web3 Blockchain Does Not Exist without Web2

Culture Factor 2.0

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 38:58


Medha Parlikar is co-founder and CTO of CasperLabs. She has more than 30 years of tech experience and is considered one of the top women in blockchain. She started working with technology in the early 1980's, building computers in the basement. For the past two decades, she has been delivering production SaaS software for large companies including Adobe, Omniture and Avalara. Medha excels in building high-functioning technical teams, and inspiring them to deliver solutions that solve customer problems. Medha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems and Programming from Coleman College.CasperLabs is committed to supporting the next wave of blockchain adoption among businesses and providing developers with a reliable and secure framework to build private, public and hybrid blockchain applications all guided by open-source principlesWhat was the impetus for designing this? Was it missing for enterprise and smaller businesses? And did you build it yourself?How do you de-mystify and de-stigmatise blockchain for businesses? What are the nuances that work so well with SaaS that make it uniquely perfect for companies moving from Web2 to Web3?And the recent downturn in the market, how did that affect conversations with your clients?Medha Parlikar, TwitterCasper Labs, Twitter Medha Parlikar, LinkedinHolly Shannon's WebsiteZero To Podcast on AmazonHolly Shannon, LinkedinHolly Shannon, InstagramHolly Shannon, TwitterWatch Culture Factor and VaynerNFT#casper #protocol #software #enterprise #disintermediate #brands #ecosystem #business #governance #offer #deliver #infrastructure #CasperLabs #Adobe #omniture #avalara #opensource #DAO #caspernodesoftware #publicnetwork #DEVxDAO #ConsenSys #dotto #governance #datasovereignty #mp3.com #riaa #BLOCKv #smartmedia #nfts #nft #nftart #cryptocurrency #blockchain #metaverse #culturefactor #web3 #smartcontracts #bitcoin #nftartist #nftcollectors #eth #ethereum #youtubers #tiktok #instagram #reels #branding  #entrepreneur #coach #consulting #zerotopodcast #podcast #jobsearching #thoughtleader #thoughtleadership #startapodcasttoday #startapodcastalready   #experiences #experientialmarketing #companyculture #employeeengagment #community #peertopeer #decentralizedeconomy

City of Sacramento: Utilities Rate Advisory Commission Audio Podcast
Utilities Rate Advisory Commission - Jun 22, 2022

City of Sacramento: Utilities Rate Advisory Commission Audio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022


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City of Sacramento: Utilities Rate Advisory Commission Video Podcast
Utilities Rate Advisory Commission - Jun 22, 2022

City of Sacramento: Utilities Rate Advisory Commission Video Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022


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MONEY FM 89.3 - Your Money With Michelle Martin
Market View: First US Short Bitcoin-Linked ETF, US Markets narrative, Kellogg's, Keppel DC REIT, Singapore utilities and GST support

MONEY FM 89.3 - Your Money With Michelle Martin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 18:28


In today's episode of Market View, Michelle Martin and Ryan Huang talk about the launch of the first U.S. short Bitcoin-linked ETF by ProShares and how short sellers are faring having bet against crypto stocks. They also discuss businesses or sectors that could benefit from Singapore's support plans that include utilities credits and GST  offsets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The COB from ausbiz
Another false start

The COB from ausbiz

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 12:46


An early rally fizzled as quickly as it began, undermined by steep falls in commodity prices that heaped pressure on the miners. The materials sector was slammed, tumbling 4.6% with the likes of BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue siding between 4.9% to 8.3%. Energy was hit even harder, sliding 5.2% on the back of recession fears. Utilities and staples also dragged, finishing with losses of 1.9% and 0.7% respectively. Helping to limit the damage, longer duration names generally fared well. The REITs sector was the standout performer, jumping 3.6%. A positive update from Vicinity Centres contributed to the positive mood, seeing its shares surge 7.9%. Pointsbet Holdings was the top performer on the benchmark, soaring 17.1% on news of a fresh capital injection. As one of the most shorted stocks on the local bourse, position covering may explain the size of the move. The history books will show the S&P/ASX 200 eased 0.64%, falling 41.4 points to 6433.4.Our top three VODs:How to play the markets when Aussie shares join the global sell-offRamen-ating on the crypto collapseFinding market beaters in bearish territory See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Public Works Podcast
Tony Loete

Public Works Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 25:01


Tony is the Director of Utilities for the city of Moline Illinois. We chat about how his background in football has helped him get to where he is at today. Tony is a huge proponent of Teaching to better understand a concept. Always make sure to thank your local public worker.

Unofficial SAP on Azure podcast
#97 - The one with the Health & Inventory Check for SAP (Jitendra Singh & Ross Sponholtz) | SAP on Azure Video Podcast

Unofficial SAP on Azure podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 50:02


In episode 97 of our SAP on Azure video podcast we talk about a new video of Microsoft Purview and SAP, a detailed recovery guide for SAP HANA and Azure NetApp Files, scale-up high-availability on disaster region architecture, Customer engagement initiative for SAP Private Link and Martins and Wills presentation at the Integrate conference in London. Then Ross and Jitendra join us to talk about the Health and Inventory checks for SAP part of the AzSAP Tools & Framework. Starting with the VM/OS health check to ensure that a setup and operation is done in a recommended way to the inventory check provides an "early-watch-kind of report" over your SAP landscape on Azure. https://github.com/Azure/SAP-on-Azure-Scripts-and-Utilities/tree/main/Tools%26Framework https://www.saponazurepodcast.de/episode097

Between the Bells
Weekly Wrap 17 June

Between the Bells

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 5:51


The Aussie share market took a dive this week, falling 4.9% (Mon-Thu). This followed the latest inflation reading out in the US, which saw the US Federal Reserve respond by lifting interest rates by 0.75%. In this week's wrap, Sophia covers:(1:55) Bell Potter's top picks in the uranium sector(2:20) The US Federal Reserve's rate hike(3:40) The tech and major mining stocks that suffered heavy losses(4:14) Lake Resources' (ASX:LKE) impressive yearly gain(4:36) The most traded stocks & ETFs by Bell Direct clients(5:15) Two economic news items to watch out for

Beyond the Data
El Paso Electric Launches Enterprise Advanced Analytics Team

Beyond the Data

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 23:37


El Paso Electric's Enterprise Advanced Analytics team evolved out of a group working in power generation. It all started when they recognized an onerous process for collecting data for regulatory and compliance filings. They were dedicating a vast amount of time sifting through large datasets to find what they needed, so they decided to build an application to streamline data collection and availability. The result was the Generation Event Application Recorder (GEAR). With the success of the GEAR project, these data enthusiasts secured executive buy-in to launch the Enterprise Advanced Analytics team. Nadia Powell, Director of Enterprise Advanced Analytics, and Aaron Arzaga, Sr.Data Science and Business Intelligence Analyst, championed the GEAR project. On this episode, Nadia and Aaron share how they pulled the dashboard together and proved to their executives that analytics was worth an investment.

Culture Factor 2.0
Will Pemble: Backyard Rollercoasters and Digital NFT Simulator Experiences

Culture Factor 2.0

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 56:23


Will Pemble is a Web1 Pioneer, a Web2 Leader, and a Web3 Futurist. He built and sold Web.com, one of the first and largest domain name registrars on earth. As a Top 50 Domain Name Millionaire, technology futurist, and serial entrepreneur, Will has been building and growing tech companies since before the days of Web1.Will's latest adventure is CoasterPunks.com, an NFT Collection on a mission to build the world's first carbon neutral roller coaster thrill ride, a 200,000 watt solar farm, and an 8 episode educational TV series executive produced by Mythbuster Kari Byron and EXPLR Media.Will has built five backyard roller coasters and been featured on Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, Netflix, Facebook Watch, and dozens of television shows worldwide.New adventurers in Web 3 seem to think that it is separate and built independently of Web2, being a pioneer of Web1 and a leader in Web2, what do you think?Digging into CoasterPunks, your NFT collection, is a digital and phigital experience on a roller coaster? and is the digital footprint carbon neutral bc it minted on a blockchain that is by design low gas?If phitigal experience, is this at Disney? or any other amusement parks?Left-field questions:Your solar farm will support how many acres? And can people buy an NFT to have a stake in the generated power and/or the dollars created? OR a stake in the farm it supports? Like a shared agriculture model?What is the TV series you are creating and will it be on the blockchain?CoasterPunks websiteWill Pemble, TwitterWill Pemble, YouTubeWill Pemble, InstagramHolly Shannon's WebsiteZero To Podcast on AmazonHolly Shannon, LinkedinHolly Shannon, InstagramHolly Shannon, TwitterWatch an episode with a former Playboy Playmate #build #rollercoaster #roadmap #mardigras #adventure #community #solarfarm #web.com #futurism #domain #entrepreneur #coasterpunks #coasterpunksnft #mythbusters #karibyron #exploremedia #hackaday #guykawasaki #gusmachado #nfts #nft #nftart #cryptocurrency #blockchain #metaverse #culturefactor #web3 #smartcontracts #bitcoin #nftartist #nftcollectors #eth #ethereum #youtubers #tiktok #instagram #reels #branding #bitcoin #web3 #smartcontracts #bitcoin #nftartist #nftcollectors #community #decentralizedeconomy

Business News Leaders
The state of mining in SA

Business News Leaders

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 7:58


The mining industry has had a good year. According to PwC the top 40 miners reported a 32% rise in revenue while net profits more than doubled in 2021. The performance was driven by high commodity prices and cost management measures. Business Day TV unpacked the report with PwC's Africa Energy, Utilities and Resources leader, Andries Rossouw.

Energy Evolution
Path to net-zero: How large companies across sectors are tackling emissions

Energy Evolution

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 24:17


S&P Global Commodity Insights reporters dove into the net-zero goals of companies in the energy, mining, technology and communications, insurance and banking sectors. Several journalists who worked on the project joined us for this episode to discuss what they discovered. The first article in the series is available here: https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/path-to-net-zero-as-regulators-step-in-push-for-climate-disclosure-intensifies-70485484  Energy Evolution co-hosts Dan Testa, Allison Good and Taylor Kuykendall are veteran journalists with broad expertise covering the utility, oil and gas and mining sectors. Subscribe to Energy Evolution on your favorite platform to catch our latest episodes!

Insider's Guide to Energy
Episode 75 - Digitizing linear asset management for utilities with Hitachi

Insider's Guide to Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 48:31


This week live from the DISTRIBUTECH trade show, Chris is joined by Bryan Friehauf and Phil Gruber, both working for Hitachi Energy. The three talk about how software and various sources of data can help utilities determine the state of health of their assets such as solar power plants, substations and transmission grids. Listen in to find out more about asset performance management why the real challenge is not gathering data but drawing conclusions and recommendations from it. Hitachi Energy's webpagehttps://www.hitachienergy.comHitachi Ventara's webpagehttps://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/home.html

Relay FM Master Feed
Mac Power Users 644: Some Cool Mac Utilities

Relay FM Master Feed

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 85:11


David and Stephen catch up on some recent updates to some stalwarts of the macOS utility landscape, and talk about some other apps that make their Mac setups complete.

Mac Power Users
644: Some Cool Mac Utilities

Mac Power Users

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 85:11


David and Stephen catch up on some recent updates to some stalwarts of the macOS utility landscape, and talk about some other apps that make their Mac setups complete.

IoT For All Podcast
How the Smart City Landscape is Evolving | Trinity Mobility's Mithila Holla

IoT For All Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 25:45


Mithila and Ryan open up the podcast with an introduction to Trinity Mobility, its role in the industry, and its applications. Mithila then discusses how she has seen the smart city industry evolve. She and Ryan wrap up the podcast with a high-level conversation around challenges in smart cities and what to expect from Trinity Mobility in the near future.Mithila Holla is the General Manager for Product Management and Marketing at Trinity Mobility, an applied IoT and AI company based in India. With over ten years of experience in multiple domains, she heads the Product Management, Ux Design, Business Analysis, and Marketing functions at Trinity. She works closely with smart city industry experts to streamline and improve smart city project deliveries globally. Mithila is responsible for the products and solutions that the company offers across six segments – Smart Cities, Safe Cities, Emergency Response Management, Smart Communities, Utilities, Early Warning, and Disaster Management. She holds a Master's degree in VLSI from Manipal University and a Master's degree in Business Management from the European School of Technology, Berlin. She was recently recognized as one of the 10 Most Impactful Women in Technology 2021 by Analytics Insight, in their global annual listing.

Enterprise Linux Security
Enterprise Linux Security Episode 30 – Tools & Utilities

Enterprise Linux Security

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 53:02


There are many tools and utilities around security and network management, and in this episode of Enterprise Linux Security, Jay and Joao discuss some of their favorites.

Climate Connections
Saving water also saves energy

Climate Connections

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 1:31


Utilities and municipalities can cut carbon pollution by fixing leaks and encouraging water conservation. Learn more at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/

Culture Factor 2.0
Ridhima Ahuja Kahn: Dapper Labs make the Top Shots using Flow Blockchain and serve up Brand Partnerships like Cryptokitties

Culture Factor 2.0

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 29:43


Ridhima Ahuja Kahn is the VP of Business Development at Dapper Labs. Her focus is helping build meaningful partnerships with the world's top IPs, creators, and social media platforms as they look to build blockchain-based experiences.Prior to Dapper Labs, she was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) where she focused on sports, social, media & entertainment, collectibles (both in digital & physical), hospitality/travel and food.She has also spent time on the investment teams at the Hewlett Foundation & Grovenor Capital Management.- Tell me about how you shifted into this role at Dapper Labs and was the inspiration behind TopShot birthed at Dapper or was your sports background the impetus to this idea?- What does fandom look like in metaverse ? What does TopShot and Cryptokitties experiences look like there? And do you think experiences are the magic of an NFT and your utility? What do experiences look like in the Metaverse?- Flow blockchain technology is unique to Dapper, reducing the friction of Web 2 native users and Web 3 adventurers, do you think this shift in creating your own blockchain has been part of the the secret sauce for Dapper Labs?- Digital Fashion will likely see a ton of growth due to the concept of wearables and shopping in the Metaverse: Luxury brands will soar to the top fast bc of virtue signaling and the marketing machine they are built on. Can Dapper help creators or smaller brands with NFTs for this use case?- Because we are also an education platform on Culture Factor, can you define DAO  and is Dapper getting involved in the DAO space?- And what would a brainstorming session at Dapper look like in terms of iterating on best use cases, verticals or simply coming up with experiences?Ridhima Ahuja Kahn of Dapper LabsHolly Shannon's WebsiteZero To Podcast on AmazonHolly Shannon, LinkedinHolly Shannon, InstagramHolly Shannon, Clubhousehttps://youtu.be/PKCND4FqGLc#dapper, #metaverse, #blockchain, #creators, #digital, #flow, #create, #labs, #web3, #community, #physical, fashion, #technology, #experience, #nft, #brands 

North RePort
Let's chat Neighborhood Expansion with Utilities Engineering Div. Manager Mike Acosta

North RePort

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 13:41


ThinkEnergy
EV Adoption: The Grid, The Battery, and The Evangelist

ThinkEnergy

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 54:29


The adoption of electric vehicles continues to rise in Canada, with many automakers reporting their EV stock is completely sold out. This shift in social perception from being EV-hesitant to embracing their benefits seems like a big win for society, but are we really ready for this boom in popularity? Loren McDonald of EVAdoption has spent decades analyzing trends in EVs and charging technology, and he joins this episode of thinkenergy to share his thoughts.    Related links https://evadoption.com/ https://evstatistics.com/ https://twitter.com/LorenMcDonald https://twitter.com/EVAdoptionTweet https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenmcdonald/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/evadoption/   --- To subscribe using Apple Podcasts   To subscribe using Spotify   To subscribe on Libsyn --- Subscribe so you don't miss a video: Youtube   Check out our cool pics on Instagram.   More to learn on Facebook.   Keep up with the Tweets. Transcript: Dan Seguin  00:06 This is thinkenergy, the podcast that helps you better understand the fast changing world of energy through conversations with game changers, industry leaders and influencers. So join me, Dan Seguin, and my co host Rebecca Schwartz, as we explore both traditional and unconventional facets of the energy industry. Hey everyone, welcome back. Get ready to start your engines folks. We've got the EV evangelist on the program today to talk about the current state and future prospects of electric vehicles in North America. Lauren McDonald, known to his followers, as the EV evangelist, has been in the electric vehicle advocates since 1990.   Rebecca Schwartz  00:56 As our guest today, Loren will discuss why governments, businesses, the auto industry and the general public are or should be converting to this cleaner and more sustainable mode of transportation.   Dan Seguin  01:09 I think we can all foresee that the mass adoption of EVs is imminent, and something that is going to transform the auto industry, but also many, many other sectors including energy.   Rebecca Schwartz  01:24 Definitely. A lot has changed in the last few years when it comes to EVs. They were once viewed as an expensive novelty item and something you would buy and use only around the city as simply a secondary vehicle. But technology and attitudes have evolved.   Dan Seguin  01:41 You're so right, Rebecca. A few years ago, there weren't a lot of models to choose from, and there still seem to be uncertainty about their viability. But all that is changing fast. General Motors recently announced that by 2035, their entire fleet of vehicles will be entirely electric.   Rebecca Schwartz  02:05 And they're not the only ones. Nearly all major automotive companies are committing to electric vehicles, including legacy luxury brands. Jaguar is targeting 2030 to be fully electric. Bentley plans to only have electric and hybrid models by 2026, Mercedes Benz and Porsche also have 2030 in their strategic plans, and who knows, maybe by then I'll be able to afford one of them.   Dan Seguin  02:31 I love that you're such an optimist, Rebecca. Even more stunning is that many automakers are reporting that they are completely sold out of their existing EV stock and are now either taking orders or due to demand not taking orders for the next few years. So here is today's big question. Are we finally seeing a social change that will drive electric vehicles into the mainstream? If so, what is behind the gearshift? And are we really prepared to accelerate from zero to 60?   Rebecca Schwartz  03:15 Joining us from San Francisco Loren MacDonald of EVadoption.com is a lifelong advocate for the environment and has been analyzing EV and charging trends for decades. He's a thought leader, speaker and content marketer with a passion to help move the world to electric vehicles.   Dan Seguin  03:35 Welcome to the show, Loren. Let's start with you telling us a bit about EV adoption. When did you start it? And what was this goal?   Loren McDonald  03:46 Yeah, so first of all, thank you so much for having me. Excited to be on the thinkenergy podcast. So the derivation of EV adoption, so I was a lifelong marketer. I won't say how many but many, many decades as a as a marketing executive and marketing evangelist. And so I looked at sort of the EVs and where it was going with that kind of lens and context of it's really a marketing and behavioral economics question, right is of when will EVs cross the chasm into the mainstream if you're familiar with you know, the book and everything around crossing the chasm and so that's really what I saw was missing. You know, if you look at all of the the websites and everything like that, that were covering electric vehicles, it was all about the models and technical stuff. And most everybody was just pure EV advocates and sort of what I like to say sort of pejoratively fanboys right, and everything was going to be up into the right you know, on the on the chart and I'm like, actually, especially in America, you know, we have this thing called the middle of the country and pickups and you know, of late adopters and stuff. So I really wanted to solve and address that question of what are all going to be the hurdles, and the drivers of of sort of mass adoption of EVs. And so that was really sort of the point in goal of it. And it's, it's really taken off.   Rebecca Schwartz  05:21 In 2018, you published your three part series on the 24 factors that will affect the rate of EV adoption. Of course, a lot has happened in four years. So how does your list of factors stack up in 2022? Has the needle moved? Or are you still seeing the same issues?   05:40 Yeah, so I would say that, you know, pretty much all of the issues are still there, it's just a matter of scale, some of them have become sort of more or less critical or unimportant. And let's take a look at one, Rebecca is that if you look at range as an example, right, so, uh, you know, in 2011, sort of the first full year that the Nissan LEAF was available in America, the first version, it's 73 miles of range, you know, we'd sort of laugh at that today, you can now get a Nissan LEAF with 225 miles of range, I think it is in the lucid air, you know, it's 520 miles of range, so and then you sort of overlay that with almost every survey of consumers done in the last, you know, half dozen years around EVs, and will, you know, take them to consider an EV or buy an EV, that, you know, that typically around half or more people say 300 miles 300 US miles, right? Because there's a global audience, I'm always be clear on that. And we're actually by the end of this year, we're going to average probably around 285-290 miles of EVs. Right? So we're not quite at that 300 miles, and there's still several below it, and several above it that's, you know, skew that average. But, you know, the first thing is fundamentally, we're switching from range anxiety, to charger anxiety, right? What's what's happening is we're getting close to that magic 300 number. And so most people now are like, yeah, I can buy an EV and and, you know, driving to Grandma's or Disneyland or whatever it is. But can I charge? And how long is it going to take me to charge? And what are the charges work and those kinds of things? So I think that's sort of the sort of the first thing. The second thing I'd say that sort of new, if you will, is I don't know that we necessarily predicted sort of the supply chain issues. Right? And not just, you know, wiring harnesses that are critical to EVs and chips that are critical to EVs. But the latest one that's really been the hottest topic recently is battery, supply chain and minerals, is there going to be enough, you know, lithium and sort of the different minerals that go into it. So that's one that we didn't see. And, you know, both of you are probably familiar with a lot of those charts that showed the price parity, right, that that the price of batteries and EVS and as would come down and and get get close in the next few years with, with ice vehicles, as we like to call them. Internal Combustion Engine, this industry loves acronyms, as you guys know. And there's been some recent studies that are showing that actually, battery costs are going up, right. And so we may not hit price parity until, like, you know, late this decade and stuff. So I know that was a lot. So I'll sort of stop there. But those are some of the I think the key key differences that I'm seeing   Dan Seguin  08:49 What has been the most important or significant recent event, in your opinion, that will positively change the future for electric vehicles.   09:00 The I would say there's sort of two things that are that are kind of closely connected. One is the Ford F 150 Lightning, as you as you both probably know, you know, and pickups are pretty popular in Canada as well. But you know, the F 150, the regular F 150 internal combustion engine has been the top selling vehicle, not just pickup, but the top selling vehicle of any type in America, and actually the world for 40 straight years. And so, the fact that this sort of mainstream popular vehicle, a pickup truck, is actually and it's being delivered now, the first deliveries they're starting, like this week of the electric version, is I've called it this the game changer, the single most important EV in history, right? And you could make arguments for lots of different ones for different reasons right? But I think, to go mainstream this signals to those people in the Midwest as an example. Oh, I guess this isn't just for wealthy, you know, granola eating people in California. This is a work truck. This is, you know, this is actually acceptable. And the second part of it, obviously, which, you know, we'll we'll talk a bit about about more later, I'm sure is, you know, the bi-directional charging capability is sort of an eye opener. And then the last thing I would say is just sort of gas prices, right. And so gas prices, again, which I know we'll talk about some more, is making people more aware of alternatives to the internal combustion engine, and so EVs are kind of having their moment right now because of that.   Loren McDonald  09:00 Okay, this next question is kind of fun, kind of Mad Libs style. I'm going to ask you to finish this sentence. You can't have electric vehicles without blank..?   11:03 Convenient access to reliable charging.   Dan Seguin  11:06 Loren, you were recently interviewed in USA Today about range anxiety due to the lack of EV charging infrastructure. What do you think is hindering a massive North American installation of EV stations? What's the biggest hurdle?   11:24 So I actually don't agree with that assumption. There is you know, as as you probably know, there's about seven and a half billion dollars from the federal government that's going into building out infrastructure there's a lot of publicly held EV charging networks. I literally talk to companies every day that are looking to get into the EV charging industry, I have never seen, you know, one of the my quotes in the USA Today articles was that it's the wild wild west right now, it's this is literally the modern version of 1849, right of the Gold Rush. And that there is so many companies and entrepreneurs and billions of dollars going in. Because this is probably the single biggest business opportunity in the last 100 years, the combination of EVs and EV charging infrastructure, we're fundamentally changing. The, you know, the not only the power train of transportation, but how they're refueled, right with moving from, you know, gas, liquid fuel to electric fuel, right. And so there is just an inordinate amount of energy and focus and money going to it. My concern is, is that we're spending it the wrong way, we're making a lot of a lot of decisions. And we'll talk about this when we talk about Canada in a little bit, but most of the money in the US is going to building out the DC fast charging highway corridor networks, right, which are needed to get the consumers comfortable that they can go from, you know, Seattle to you know, somewhere in Montana or whatever, and stop along the way. And we need that obviously, at some level because people like to take road trips, but the bigger challenges are, you know, how do people charge every day? Right. And you know, there's these you know, your you know, your EV drivers and owners and you know, this for most people, you know, 90 to 95% of your charging is done at home overnight while while you're asleep. Except for those like in America, my estimate is about 40% of US households do not have convenient access to charging overnight, they live in an apartment, they live in a condo, maybe they live in, you know, Manhattan, or Boston or downtown San Francisco and so they don't have a garage, they they're on street parking, right. So, you know, almost half of US households do not have what most of us have, which is you know, we we come home, we pull in the garage, plug in our car, close the garage door, wake up in the morning with a with a full tank, if you will, right. And so if you think about getting over that, you know getting crossing that chasm, getting people over their hurdle of understanding, charging and, and losing sort of fear around it. We have to we have to solve those problems at the same time, right. And so if you look at the money being spent, by the by the you know, the federal government and state government, not enough is going to workplace is going to you know, the multifamily issue, off street parking on street parking, those kinds of things. So I don't think I don't I think the biggest hurdle is that we're not actually solving some of the bigger problems where we tend to be overly focused on sort of those high the highway corridor DC fast charging challenge.   Dan Seguin  15:10 Pardon the pun, but who do you think should be leading the charge when it comes to charging infrastructures?   Loren McDonald  15:18 You know, that's the $7.5 billion question. I guess we might might say it's a tough one. And I don't I'll answer it several ways. The first is consumers, right. So the consumers and are sort of being left out of a lot of this, this discussion, right. And no offense to a lot of our elected officials, but and I'm just going to make up a number here. 99% of them don't own and drive EVs and they show up for the photo ops, but they actually don't know what they're talking about. Right. They literally don't, there was not going to pick on one, but I think it was our Secretary of Transportation or something. I forgot the secretary of I forget what her role. Anyway, she showed up for a photo op video. And, you know, she mentioned on mic, how do you plug this thing in? Right. Right. And so that's part of the challenge is, you know, going back to my earlier point is that, you know, what, will government, federal, state, local, have to play your role in this, right, because this is this massive transportation. And so we need government involvement for investment, for driving accountability and regulations and things like that, at the same time. You know, most governments are not known for getting things right, all the time. Right. And so I think, you know, as I mentioned earlier, I think a lot of the money is being spent on sort of the easy things and not solving sort of the the hard problems. So I think, you know, it's a collective thing we need, the automakers need to step up more, I mean, one of the things that, you know, is pretty common knowledge is that, you know, and I'm on my second Tesla, and, you know, if you drive a Tesla, charging is seamless, right? Because they designed the car, the charging, in for integration, the, the connector, they own, the networks and stuff. So it's that Apple seamless, closed loop. And so you don't even think about charging. If you own any other brand. It ain't exactly always the best experience, right. And so the automakers are not used to being part of the refueling process, right? Because they outsource it to the oil companies and the gas station operators and stuff. And so this idea that they need to be much more involved directly. In at least in the first couple of decades, right of building out the EV charging infrastructure in the grid, is, you know, they're sort of ret, many of them are reticent to doing it, but we're seeing it like Ford, as an example is getting very involved with Electrify America who they've partnered with, right. And so we are starting to see once they've seen a lot of the problems is that they are stepping up and investing more. GM has invested money, you know, with an EV to build out infrastructure and stuff, but it's, it's nowhere where it needs to be. And the last thing I would say is, I'll sort of throw something out of left field field here a little bit, is that none of the companies we've, we, you know, that are in this mix, including utilities and stuff, have any experience in the refueling business. The ones that do are convenience store chains, convenience stores. Most people don't know this, but like 99% of where people refuel their gas powered car is that convenience store chain, we used to call them gas stations, and then they started adding these little stores. And now they're convenience stores that also have gas pumps, right? They've sort of switched so now those those chains are in the business of selling coffee and cigarettes and beverages and sandwiches and hamburgers and you know, gourmet meals even and they understand that low margin business and so we're starting to see Circle K just announced today you know that they're they're launching their national network in the in the US and you know, 7/11 already announced it so I think we're gonna see and what I'm excited about is the companies that are actually consumer focused and understand how to sell refueling or are going to, you know, get get much more involved in this. And I think that'll help improve the customer experience.   Rebecca Schwartz  20:06 Curious to see if there's a wait and see game happening with customers and Evie technology in that tech is changing too quickly and they think a better model is coming and that they should wait. Is this thinking justified?   Loren McDonald  20:20 Yeah. I mean, that's sort of natural behavior. You know, you think about, you know, sort of other other technologies. I was one of those people back in March of 2010, that was down standing in line to pick up my Apple iPad. Right. And so, you know, I got it. Like I said, I immediately before even had one I got what the iPad was was all about, I understood it. And I talked to a lot of people that just like, I don't get it, you know, I've got a laptop, I've got a, you know, a smartphone, why? Why would I need this thing in the middle. And so I think kind of any new technologies like that, it's about the technology adoption curve, and it's about early adopters and the innovators. And so EVs are just the same, right? Like these, these early people that were like 12 years into the modern era of EVs, right? And the early people, they're okay, with only 200 miles of range. They're okay with not a great charging network and experience and things like that, right. But the main stream, so you know, the way I think about it, Rebecca, is, we can't worry about those late adopters, like we have this joke that we talked about in the industry that, like if you're on Twitter, and social media, there's always these these people are like, I'm not going to get an EV until an electric truck that can go 500 miles without stopping, and I'm pulling a boat uphill. Right. And, I mean, there literally are lots of people that say that they don't necessarily talk in that tone of voice. But you know, we can't worry about them, because they're not going to buy an EV until 2035 or 2040, or whatever. Anyway, what we have to worry about is, you know, is is like those suburban households, right, that are that are driving a Ford Explorer SUV taking their kids to soccer practice, and school and stuff, like there's no reason, there is literally no reason they shouldn't be driving an EV. Right. And so, but they're not right, so we have to focus on just convincing that sort of low hanging fruit that people that are of, you know, decent incomes, living in a suburban, you know, three, you know, suburban house with a three car garage have to 2.3 cars, like there is no excuse for them. So I think that just sort of the last thing, Rebecca is just that, you know, if you think about like, I don't know, if either of you have solar I you know, we actually went we did solar first before we got our electric car, right? And I've talked to a lot of neighbors, it's like, well, yeah, solar prices, they keep coming down, right? And it's sort of the same thing with with EVs, right? The costs, except for the you know, how we talked about earlier with the rising cost of batteries and stuff, but but EVs are definitely you know, they're the, the batteries are getting more efficient. So there's gonna be more range, there's greater, you know, things like bi directional charging that are coming out all of those things, but, you know, when do you when do you- how long do you wait, the same was solar, right, like, we could have waited another 10 years before we got solar. But, you know, at some point, you just, you know, you have to target the people that are that are ready. And so the other thing of last thing I would say on this is, is something that, you know, that we've done is we've leased our two Tesla's and and here's an interesting anecdote. So our first Tesla was the Model S 60. That had 210 miles of range. And three years later, we got a Tesla Model S 100 D that has 335 miles of range, and we lowered our lease payment and so I think one of the things Rebecca that we're gonna we're gonna see is is that a lot of people because of this sort of technology obsolescence so this idea that you know, every year there's going to be you know, greater autonomous driving technology in the car there's going to be better bi directional charging capability- the car will be able to charge faster, you know, more range, all that kind of stuff. So I think we're gonna probably see, not everyone but but some segment of the argument or some segment of the market you know, opting to lease because then they know every three years, I'll just get the latest and greatest thing. So I think that could be an interesting twist in the market.   Rebecca Schwartz  25:08 Now, what do you think customers are waiting for? Exactly? Does the technology already exist? And they're just holding on to some myth of EV from the past?   Loren McDonald  25:19 Yeah, I the latter is I think no, like, I don't think most consumers aren't aware of the really cool stuff that's coming, like the bidirectional you know charging and being able to do you know, vehicle to home and stuff like that. I mean, they're starting to hear about it with like, the F 150 and stuff. So and you know, we'll get into that in a few minutes. But I think it's really simple. You know, and not all consumers are the same, but I think what most of them want, is faster charging, right? Most consumers who don't own an EV assume that charging your EV should be sort of the same experience, as you know, refueling a gas car. And so most people are not necessarily expecting that five minutes of refueling time, but most are expecting to add, you know, two to 300 miles of range in, you know, 10 to 15 minutes and stuff. So I think that from a perception perspective, because as EV drivers, you know, and I know, you know, that Dan had said that's not necessarily what you need. But from a from a perception perspective, I think most consumers are waiting for that faster, superfast, high power charging.   Dan Seguin  26:38 Loren, are there more similarities or differences between Canada and their US, EV adoption? And their rollout? If so, what are they? Is either country getting it right?   Loren McDonald  26:54 Yeah, great, great question. So first, I'd say you know, California and California, US, and, and Canada are, are actually, you know, from a consumer, you know, mindset. And, you know, demographic, psychographic and things like that, I think, I think they're, they're fairly similar, right. And the automakers, I think, tend to look at both markets from, you know, the models, they design and focus on something pretty, pretty similar. So I think, you know, that the, which, which translates to sort of, they want the same things like we've been talking about, you know, more range, faster charging, and things like that. So I think that they're the similarities between sort of the consumers and the automakers and kind of ecosystem is pretty similar. And when you look at sort of where we at from adoption perspective, again, it's pretty similar. Canada was about 5%, in 2021, meaning, you know, one out of 20 new vehicles purchased were electric, and the US was just under 4.5%. So we're, you know, we're, we're pretty close. But if you took California out of that, you know, it drops down to like under 4%, and stuff like that. And so we're, you know, we're a little bit behind on that perspective. But I think, you know, if you think about, you know, and we touched on this, Dan, a few minutes ago, is that, that I think, you know, from the incentive perspective, I think the you know, sort of more of the sort of the point of sale rebate, and something is something that Canada got right. And we haven't gotten right here at the federal level. And the other thing is, and we touched on this is the the investment, the billions of dollars, we're investing in the EV charging infrastructure and how I talked about that a lot of it is focused on those highway corridors and DC fast charging, and the Canadian investment, I'll be it from a dollar perspective, much, much smaller, is is is much more focused on solving real problems. So there's components of it just to build an infrastructure workplace just to build out at apartment complexes and retail locations. And so I think it's a much more balanced approach. So I think Canada's really got those two things right, and that we haven't gotten right here in the US. But the other thing that I think that that both countries are probably getting wrong, or at least the US is there's this focus on EVs as as solving all the world's problems. And the reality is I've done the forecast in in 2030 by my latest forecast in the US 11% of the vehicles on the road will be either an EV or PHEV meaning you know, roughly 90% of the cars on the road are still going to be, you know, gas powered cars. And in fact, there will be more gas powered cars on the road in 2030 than there are today. And, you know, if our goal is to reduce greenhouse gases 50% by 2030, we actually have to look at a much more macro approach to this and BEVs -because I've done them just don't get us there. So we've we've got to look at everything from, I think, a bigger focus on plug in hybrids, because they have lower consumer adoption hurdles, right, you plug in overnight at 20-30 miles, and then you go on a road trip, you go on a road trip and fill up at the gas station, which which the infrastructure is already there, and you only do it a couple times a year, right. But most of the year, you're you're driving on electric, regular hybrids, right? Regular hybrids can actually reduce GHGs by half, right, because, you know, if you get the right, right hybrid, but the other thing that we're just not focused enough on is, is we have to reduce the what what we refer to as VMT, vehicle miles traveled literally by about half in order to stand a chance to get there. So we've got to focus on mass transit, we've got to get people out of cars, walking, biking, you know, ordering from e-commerce companies that use electric vans to deliver the products. So there's sort of less impact there and stuff. So you know, I think that's what probably both our governments are are missing is, is there's too much focus on BEVs as the silver bullet. And in fact, they are going to do nothing to reduce greenhouse gases in the next 10 years. That will slow the increase, but they won't actually reduce it.   Rebecca Schwartz  32:04 Are we finally seeing a social change that's driving electric vehicles into the mainstream? And what do you think is the main driver for people? Is it climate change, soaring gas prices? Maybe?   Loren McDonald  32:17 It's, you know, it's sort of, you know, Rebecca, it's a, it's a mix of depending on you know, the sort of the psychographic of the consumer, there's sort of get them motivated by different things, a lot of the early adopters have been motivated by, you know, I want to save the planet, I want to do, you know, I want to do something good, just like, you know, those of us that have gone solar, right. Although, actually I went solar, because that part of it was a side benefit, I actually wanted to reduce my utility bill, right. And so I think we're starting to see people motivated by that this idea of, you know, lower total cost of ownership, although I don't think most consumers actually get out their Excel spreadsheet, and do like a 10 year TCO analysis, like a fleet manager would. But I think increasingly, you know, especially with this correlation with gas prices, right now, that people more people are starting to go, oh, EVs aren't just faster, more fun. You know, help save the planet, for lack of a better term. But actually, I don't have to go to gas stations, and I can actually lower my my monthly fuel bill and stuff like that. So I think sort of the, you know, people are starting to get motivated by that. And that's why gas prices, I think, are so critical, especially in America, because they are forcing people to think about what they spend on fuel. And then they starting to understand Oh, you mean, I pay less with my electric car. And so I think I think that's going to start motivating people more and more, besides all the other sort of cool factors and then longer term, you know, which we'll get into as the whole bi directional charging aspect, but we're just not we're not there yet. For that to be a factor.   Dan Seguin  33:50 The trend towards beneficial electrification, getting rid of fossil fuels and replacing them with other forms of clean electricity to reduce emissions and energy costs includes the electrification of transportation, are local electric utility companies, the right partner, perhaps?   Loren McDonald  34:40 So, like a lot of my answers to that it's going to be a yes and a no. Utilities obviously have to play a critical role in the electrification of transportation since for most people, they are the provider of the electricity to charge your, your electric vehicle, unless you're, you know, completely off the grid. But that's, you know, a very tiny percentage of the population. So they're- the utilities are fundamentally critical to this. And, you know, the electrification of vehicles and electrification of everything, you know, we're moving away from gas stoves to, you know, electric stoves, we're moving away from gas powered leaf blowers to electric lawnmowers, and leaf blowers, etc. So this sort of broader electrification thing is actually the single biggest opportunity for growth for utilities, in probably, again, 100 years, right, because even though we have more devices, they've been getting more efficient, right? Every year, refrigerators, as an example, get more efficient and stuff. So even though we have more of these different, you know, the technology devices and stuff, they're actually using less less power and our lightbulbs, right. And so they're excited and onboard and are key to electrification. And, you know, they're excited because it is this growth opportunity. The problem with utilities is, is that they are utilities, they are in generally speaking, monopolies. And so they have, by and large, there are exceptions in certain states and markets. By and large, they don't have competition, and they are not customer focused, they don't know how to market they don't know how to build great customer experiences and educate and stuff. So they're, and they're also tend to be quasi government like slow moving entities, and they're risk averse, right? So they can be real challenges to this, right, and many of them, many of them, they're sort of scared, and they're scared about bi directional charging as an example, right. And many of them are scared about what this is going to do to their infrastructure costs, because now they're gonna have to beef up, you know, transformers and transmission and all this stuff to be able to, you know, reliably supply, you know, an entire block that all of a sudden has, you know, an EV, in every garage type of thing, right? So, they're, you know, I mean, I don't want to be overly negative towards utilities, they're some of my clients. But, you know, they just, there's this inertia of who they are their DNA. That is, is not ideal set up to be the fuel supplier to owners of EVs, if that makes sense.  Loren, as a lifelong advocate for the environment, and in the last many decades for electric vehicles. What does success look like for you? What do you ultimately hoping will be achieved with your advocacy work? So this is easy, smarter decisions. I think, you know, and this is hopefully coming through so far and in the conversation, but I just think there's a lot of decisions and policies being made, that are flawed, and that this has become sort of what you know, what's exciting for me and one of the biggest opportunities is just to be data driven, right is to provide organizations with with data and hopefully accurate forecasts and stuff that help make better decisions about you know, how to scale EVs with consumers and and how to right size and get EV charging at the right, you know, right level and in the right use cases and stuff. So smarter decisions is really my hope and goal.   Dan Seguin  38:52 Now, Loren, I have a follow up question for you. What's your prediction based on the current trajectory on the future of EVs? And do you feel more hopeful now than you did say in 2018?   Loren McDonald  39:08 So another one of these yes and no answer. So yes, I'm hopeful we might, you know, my my forecast is that so today in the end, I tend to focus just just on the US so today in the US, as I mentioned, in 2021, we had about a little under 4.5% EV sales share, meaning, you know, less than five out of 100 new vehicles purchased last year were either a BEV or a plug in hybrid. My forecast my sort of base level forecast is that we'll hit about 44% it by the end of 2030. Now a year ago, I was in I was at about 30%. And that's how fast things are changing, right because you know, a little over a year ago is an example, Ford was considered a non player in the EV space. And now they're considered perhaps the leader after Tesla, right? I mean, you could argue it's, you know, it's GM, or actually, we could, we could argue about that. But, you know, they're they've, they've gone from sort of and also ran to arguably headed towards being, you know, one of the leaders and definitely, you know, number two spot after Tesla, so a lot of things like that have just like overnight, changed things, and every automaker has, you know, got religion and is announcing, you know, dozens of, of, you know, new models and factories and stuff. So it's, it's, you know, so a year from now, I might be upping up and get again, but right now I'm at that 44%, which is, you know, think about it that's approaching half of the new vehicle sold in America at the end of 2030 would be electric. But as I mentioned, the sort of the downside of that is, is that with that would get us to only 11% of cars on the road being electric. Right? And, and, and if you're just looking if you remove PHEV's from that, you know, it's probably around 8%, or something like that. So, you know, the, the exciting part is, is that we're moving in the right direction direction, we're moving towards, you know, a large number and percentage of vehicles having no tailpipe emissions. On the other hand, gas cars are not going away for another 40 years. Right. And so it's just this, you know, you have, you know, almost 300 million gas powered car, you will have 300 million gas powered cars on the road in a few years. Right? Just look at the math, right? It takes decades to get get rid of all of them unless we did this massive, massive cash for for, you know, clunkers thing and just bought them all and crushed them all, which I don't think we're going to do.   Rebecca Schwartz  42:14 Okay, I asked this in another podcast, but we would love to hear your thoughts on vehicle to grid and vehicle to building systems. And if you think they'll become mainstream when regulatory or government barriers are lifted?   Loren McDonald  42:26 Yeah, so this is this is one of my my favorite questions and topics. This is to me, the game changer for electric vehicles versus, you know, ICE gas powered cars, right? We talked about you know, EVS being more fun to drive, faster, you know, less less maintenance, all those types of things, but but the one thing that EVs can do that gas powered cars cannot do is become what I call mobile storage, you know, energy devices, right? Energy vehicles, if you will, right and so this is where you know, we're years from this going mainstream Rebecca but but the fact is, like, I have this big Tesla sitting you know, 20 feet from me in the garage that's got 100 kilowatt hour battery, you know, and we drive the car to the supermarket it's a complete waste, right? I mean, it's just the only time we use that battery pack is when we go on a 500 mile road trip the rest of the time, you know, that capacity is is is actually in an inefficient and so the opportunity to leverage that you know, that power wall for you know, to use a brand name to use a battery storage device in your car to power your home to send it to the grid to reduce peak demand and help out the utility and when you know when it when it's hot and vehicle the building which you know, you specifically mentioned is one of my favorite areas because it provides a real ROI to companies so for the audiences not aware of and understands what vehicle the building is, it's where you as a company, incentivize your employees who drive electric vehicles to drive their EV to work park in the parking lot and then you have these bi directional chargers in the parking lot. They plug in and then they're gonna charge but let's say it's the summertime and it's really hot and it's the late afternoon. The employees agree to send extra power that they don't need, you know, they're gonna save enough to the to get back home. But but they send power from the EV basically, into the building. And so instead of that building, running that very expensive air conditioning in a hot summer afternoon to cool it down to 70 degrees or whatever. They're powering the air conditioners with, with with the power from the EVS and, you know, we refer to that as sort of flattening the, you know, the demand curve, right. And that can literally save that that company 10s of 1000s of dollars a year. You know, I was I was down at Lucid Motors a couple years ago, and talking to their CEO and about this, and he joked that he was going to buy a lot of his employees, the, you know, the $100,000, Lucid Air, just so that employees could could plug in and he could save what he thought was maybe a million dollars a year on their PGE, our local, you know, California utility bill a year, I think, you know, I'm not sure quite sure he'd saved a million dollars, but you but you get the idea is that, you know, you can actually use that, that power to cut costs. So I think that that ROI factor is is sort of a real game changer. And then the second thing from a consumer perspective, right, like the headlines right now are about like, you know, Texas again, right, of not having enough power, I was just listening to, you know, the radio this morning, and one of the top stories is about is are the utilities going to have enough power? You know, during during the hot summer, we have things like, you know, a lot of utilities that rely on hydropower, something probably close to your hearts there. The rivers are down, right? And so there's not as much electricity being generated from hydro right? And so you take all these sorts of trends, and, you know, consumers are looking at backup power. And so like one of the hottest things going right now, these backup natural gas generators, right? Well, better would be, you know, just when you need to tap into, you know, power in your EV if the power goes out for two hours or something like that, you can backup your house from the car. So I think that's, you know, Rebecca like the most exciting thing about EVs is that we will be rethinking them as just transportation devices as as becoming, you know, energy storage vehicles.   Dan Seguin  47:29 Okay. Now, time to leave it all on the floor. What is something you want the average combustion engine car owner to know about EVs, that maybe they don't already know, Loren, gloves off, go for it!   Loren McDonald  47:47 Really, I think pretty, pretty simple that charging your electric vehicle is more like how you charge a smartphone than how you fuel your gas car. Right. And just to expand briefly on that is, you know, most consumers their perception is is that refueling recharging an EV should, is the same as going to a centralized gas station and stuff. And it's not till you own one, and experience it and drive it a lot that you realize no, it's actually more like a smartphone where you know, you, you know, put it in your your bed stand and plug it in, you wake up in the morning, and it's recharged or whatever. And that's the same thing with with your EV. So you have access to home charging, right? Go into the garage plug in, wake up, and it's charged. And, you know, the the, the nuance to that is, is that and I've got this amazing chart that I that I use in presentations that shows like a fuel gauge, for you know, like most consumers when they drive a gas car, what do they do? They drive the car down to empty, quarter of a tank, below empty, whatever they're comfortable with. And then they pull into a gas station and fill it up to full. And you know, this, Dan, that's not how you you refuel an electric vehicle, you replenish what you use, right? So if you drive 30 miles today, you plug in and you replenish that third maybe actually even don't maybe you wait a couple of days, right? You drive it down and then you do it right. It sort of depends on your comfort zone. The only time the refueling experience for an EV is is analogous to gas car is when you go on those road trips, right and those either so you know, a weekend one or a long road trip, and then you do have to do that centralized thing but but otherwise, I think this is the single biggest education hurdle that we have is because it's not something you can explain to people. They actually have to like experience to them. The light bulb goes oh yeah, this is like my Smartphone.   Rebecca Schwartz  50:01 Okay, Loren, we always end our interviews with some rapid fire questions. And we've got some for you. Are you ready?   Loren McDonald  50:08 I am pumped if I can use that, that term and ready to go!   Rebecca Schwartz  50:14 What are you reading right now?   Loren McDonald  50:16 I'm reading a book called Hella Town by Michel sporter. And it's all about my hometown of Oakland, California.   Rebecca Schwartz  50:23 If you had a boat, what would you name it?   Loren McDonald  50:26 I'm gonna go by the Modest Mouse song title of Float On.   Rebecca Schwartz  50:31 Who is someone that you admire?   Loren McDonald  50:34 Benjamin Franklin. I love Ben Franklin.   Rebecca Schwartz  50:39 What is the closest thing to real magic that you've witnessed?   Loren McDonald  50:43 The birth of my first daughter.   Rebecca Schwartz  50:46 What has been the biggest challenge to you personally, since the pandemic began?   Loren McDonald  50:51 This is an easy one travel. I used to when I worked in the corporate world, I traveled around the world. And, you know, got to you know, see a lot of friends and make new ones. And although yes, I know that was not good for the planet being on on jets. But I really miss I really miss traveling the world and meeting people and seeing friends. That's been the biggest, biggest, the hardest part.   Rebecca Schwartz  51:21 Okay, what are you watching? Or rather binge watching on Netflix? And what's your favorite movie or TV show?   Loren McDonald  51:28 So I am actually not much of a TV guy. So a thing I'm binging on right now as I'm watching my Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs. But I'll but I'll mention one show the one show that that I did watch. And I'm not sure if it was on Netflix or a different different network. That's how little I watch the things but I watched the series called Unbelievable. That was that was pretty amazing.   Dan Seguin  51:54 Lastly, Loren, what is exciting you about your industry right now?   Loren McDonald  52:00 The most fascinating thing I think, right now is that when I got into this, the question was, you know, an if question. Right? It was, will EVs become the future, there was even you know, this idea that maybe fuel cell powered vehicles, were going to be the future. And we've really hit this point here in 2022, where there are very few people that are not convinced that EVs are the future. There's still some holdouts and stuff but but most everybody has transitioned from if, to now it's when and so and as a sort of somebody that's really focused on the, you know, the data behind that and behavioral economics I just love working with with clients and companies that are trying to understand how it's going to impact them from a negative perspective, but also more, more excitingly, what are the opportunities for them out of it?   Dan Seguin  53:01 Loren, this is it. We've reached the end of another episode of the thinkenergy podcast. If our listeners wanted to learn more about you, and your organization, how would they connect?   Loren McDonald  53:16 They can go to evadoption.com they can follow me on LinkedIn. I guess just just search on LinkedIn for Loren McDonald and look for the really handsome guy that has EV somewhere in his in his in his description or whatever. And I'm on Twitter, at Loren McDonald and also EVadoptiontweet.   Dan Seguin  53:43 And Loren, again, thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you truly had a lot of fun. Cheers.  I did it was it was a real honor. Thanks so much for having me on the show. Thanks for tuning in to another episode of the thinkenergy podcast. And don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review wherever you're listening. And to find out more about today's guests or previous episodes, visit thinkenergypodcast.com. I hope you'll join us again next time as we spark even more conversations about the energy of tomorrow.

CPQ Podcast
Interview with Sreekanth Lapala, Founder & CEO of Dextara Digital

CPQ Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 29:51


In this episode you hear from Sreekanth Lapala, the founder & CEO of Dextara Digital. Dextara Digital is a unique, India based, company because they are a Salesforce System Integrator, and they also offer a proprietary CPQ Solution. Here Sreekanth talks about their uniquely wide product and service offerings, team growth, their CPQ architecture, the top business requirements they see and more web: www.dextara.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sreekanth-lapala-b3a4171/  email: sreekanthl@dextara.com 

The Tech Blog Writer Podcast
1996: Standardising IoT Technology to Make Smart Cities Scalable and Connected.

The Tech Blog Writer Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 19:02


Wi‑SUN Alliance® is a global industry association devoted to seamless connectivity. They seek to promote certified standards that coordinate various wireless systems and standardize power levels, data rates, modulations, and frequency bands, among other variables. Through technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, Wi-SUN Alliance supports the worldwide development of Wireless Communications Networks for Utilities, Smart Cities, and IoT. Phil Beecher, President and CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance, joins me on Tech Talks Daily to share his story and mission to accelerate the implementation of smart cities, smart utilities, smart grids and other large-scale outdoor Internet of Things (IoT) applications by enabling the global adoption of interoperable solutions based on open standards. Since 1997, Phil has played a key role in developing communications standards, including Bluetooth, WiFi, and IEEE, and the specification of test plans for many Smart Utilities Network standards. We discuss how IoT is transforming cities and the technology making it happen. We also talk about how smart networks enable other applications, such as smart traffic signals, public transit signs, parking spaces, and electric vehicle charging stations. Finally, we explore how smart cities benefit businesses and residents.