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Tax And Dividend
What is "Tax and Dividend"?
Tax and Dividend, also known as the "Fee and Dividend" program is a much more fair and equitable way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as opposed to Wall Street's "Cap and Trade" program which will give TRILLIONS of dollars to Wall Street bankers and the already filthy-rich fat-cats such as the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, George Soros and Al Gore - who support Cap and Trade only because it will make the rich richer, and the poor poorer.
The Tax and Dividend method is a method that incentives the homeowners and ratepayers that install renewable energy technologies such as a Distributed PV or Rooftop PV solar system - for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose for both the Tax and Dividend is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by deploying distributed energy resources, Net Zero Energy, and renewable energy technologies such as Distributed PV, Rooftop PV and Solar Cogeneration and other solar energy systems in order to reduce atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to 350 ppm. This can only be accomplished by transitioning away from the use of fossil fuels and rapidly deploying renewable energy. The cost for replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy is estimated to be several trillion dollars of the next 15 years.
By enacting a Tax and Dividend program, a "carbon fee" would be collected from the fossil fuel companies on the first sale of oil, natural gas or coal at the mine, wellhead or port of entry. 100% collected carbon fees would be "given" to the public monthly, deposited electronically in the people’s bank accounts or debit cards, an equal amount to each household, for them to install distributed energy resources, Net Zero Energy, and renewable energy technologies which will reduce or eliminate customer's monthly electric bill.
Running on "green fuel" such as Biomethane, B100 Biodiesel, Synthesis Gas or natural gas, our CHP Systems are the greenest "clean power generation" systems available as they generate no new greenhouse gas emissions or other hazardous air pollutants.
Our clean power generation systems are a superior "micro-grid" and demand side management solution for data centers, hospitals, universities, municipal utility districts and new real estate developments/subdivisions seeking "net zero energy" solutions.
With Natural Gas prices now running well below $3.00/mmbtu, and more recently in March 2012, below $2.40/mmbtu, our Clean Power Generation plants generate power for a fuel cost at about $0.03/kWh. With operations & maintenance added in - we generate power for less than a nickel or $0.05/kWh - or, anywhere from 50% to 75% less than your present electric rates.
We also provide energy independence from the "dirty" power grid with its high unreliability, black-outs and sky-rocketing electric power prices.
Clean Power Generation Solutions
Our "Integrated" CHP Systems (Cogeneration and Trigeneration) Plants
Have Very High Efficiencies, Low Fuel Costs & Low Emissions
The CHP System below is Rated at 900 kW and Features:
(2) Natural Gas Engines @ 450 kW each on one Skid with Optional
Selective Catalytic Reduction system that removes Nitrogen Oxides to "non-detect."
The Effective Heat Rate of the CHP System below is
4100 btu/kW with a Net System Efficiency of 92%.
Our CHP Systems may be the best solution for your company's economic and environmental sustainability as we "upgrade" natural gas to clean power with our clean power generation solutions.
Our Emissions Abatement solutions reduce Nitrogen Oxides to "non-detect" which means our CHP Systems can be installed and operated in most EPA non-attainment regions!
Our CHP Systems - (operating in either natural gas fueled cogeneration or trigeneration --- or --- solar cogeneration or solar trigeneration configuration) may be the optimum power and energy solution for customers wanting increased power reliability and decreased energy and environmental costs. A few of the clients and markets that may benefit from our CHP Systems include the following:
Colleges & Universities
District Heating & Cooling plants
Food Processing Plants
Government Buildings and Facilities
Office Buildings / Campuses
For qualified clients we will design, build, finance, own, operate and maintain a new:
Clean Power Generation
Waste Heat Recovery
system, through a Power
Purchase Agreement that guarantees
a minimum 10% reduction in our client's energy expenses.
(NOTE: Our engineering and EPC services may be provided by one of our affiliated
companies - one of which is a Top ENR ranked EPC company.
To receive a preliminary no-obligation review of your energy, engineering or
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Biomethane = Renewable Natural Gas = Carbon Free Energy
The “Carbon Fee and Dividend” has the best potential to initiate cause and effect that will lower Co2 emissions. Fee and dividend is the policy complement that must accompany recognition of fossil carbon reservoir sizes for strategic solution of global warming (the physics: reservoir sizes imply the need to phase-out coal emissions promptly and quash unconventional fossil fuels).
The Carbon 'Fee & Dividend' has the best potential to initiate cause and effect that will lower Carbon Dioxide Emissions. Fee and dividend is, by all reasoned accounts, the most simple method possible to reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions, move us toward renewable sustainable energy and maintaining a functioning economy.
1. Fee Large & Growing (but get it in place!)
tap efficiency potential & life style choices
2. Entire Fee Returned
equal monthly deposits in bank accounts
3. Limited Government Role
keep hands off money!
eliminate fossil subsidies
support technology development (no Manhattan projects!)
change profit rules and motivation for utilities
watch U.S. modernize & emissions fall!
A “carbon fee with 100 percent dividend” is required for reversing the growth of atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. The fee, applied to oil, gas and coal at the mine or port of entry, is the fairest and most effective way to reduce emissions and transition to the post fossil fuel era. It would assure that unconventional fossil fuels, such as tar shale and tar sands, stay in the ground, unless an economic method of capturing the Carbon Dioxide is developed.
The entire fee should be returned to the public, equal shares on a per capita basis (half shares for children up to a maximum of two child-shares per family), deposited monthly in bank accounts. No bureaucracy is needed.
The public can understand this and will accept a fee if it is clearly explained and if 100 percent of the money is returned to the public. Not one dime should go to Washington for politicians to pick winners. No lobbyists need be employed.
The public will take steps to reduce their emissions because they will continually be reminded of the matter by the monthly dividend and by rising fossil fuel costs. It must be clearly explained to the public that the fee rate will continue to increase in the future.
When fuel prices decline, the fee should increase, to retain the incentive for transitioning to the post-fossil-fuel-era. The effect of reduced fossil fuel demand will be lower fossil fuel prices, making the fee a larger and larger portion of energy costs (for fossil fuels only). Thus the country will stop hemorrhaging its wealth to oil-producing states.
A person with several large cars and a large house will have a fee greatly exceeding the dividend. A family reducing its carbon footprint to less than average will make money. Everyone will have an incentive to reduce their carbon footprint. The dividend will stimulate the economy, spur innovation, and provide money that allows people to purchase low carbon products.
It will increase energy prices, but low and middle income people, especially, will find ways to reduce carbon emissions so as to come out ahead. The rate of infrastructure replacement, thus economic activity, can be modulated by how fast the carbon fee rate increases. Effects will permeate society. Food requiring lots of carbon emissions to produce and transport will become more expensive and vice versa, encouraging support of nearby farms as opposed to imports from half way around the world.
These are subterfuges designed to allow business-as-usual to continue, under a pretense of action, a greenwashing. Hordes of lobbyists will argue for these approaches, which assure their continued employment. The ineffectiveness of ‘goals’ and ‘caps’ is made blatantly obvious by the fact that the countries promoting them are planning to build more coal-fired power plants.
If the United States accedes to the ineffectual ‘goals’ and ‘caps’ approach, in effect continuation of the Kyoto Protocol approach, it will practically guarantee disastrous climate change. Instead it should persuasively argue that other countries also adopt fee and dividend.
The countries agreeing to this approach will also agree that imports from a country that does not apply a comparable carbon fee will have a fee applied at the port of entry. That fee, which should be added to the public’s dividend, will be a strong incentive for all countries to participate.
By itself a carbon fee cannot solve the energy problem and allow rapid coal phase-out. There also must be better efficiency standards in building codes, for vehicles, and in appliances and electronics. Profit incentives for utilities must be changed, so as to encourage efficiency as opposed to selling as much 6 energy as possible. These are only examples of the many things to be done. But all of these things will be done easier and more effectively in the presence of a carbon fee.
It is the tool that will impact people’s decisions and lifestyle choices for the short-term, middle-term and long-term, allowing the world to move as gracefully as possible to the post-fossil-fuel-era. In this way we will leave in the ground the hardest to extract fossil fuels as we move rapidly to clean energy sources of the future.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Since the year 1750
Since 1750, humans have emitted over 5 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into
the atmosphere. Roughly half of this has ended up in the oceans where it is
beginning to damage the coral reefs. The other half is still in the atmosphere
and causing global warming. Each pound of CO2 takes up as much space as a 500
The formula (which should be good for a year or two) is:
C(t) = 2.58 ×1012 + 1240×t, where t is seconds since the start of 2007.
C is tonnes (metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions.
2205 x C gives pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
That comes to over 43 billion tons/year or over 86 trillion pounds/year.
Carbon dioxide (2) = 1 carbon atom with 2 oxygen atoms.
Carbon has relative weight 12 and Oxygen 16.
So it takes only 12 pounds of carbon to make 12+16+16 = 44 pounds of CO2.
What is "Decentralized Energy"?
Decentralized Energy is the opposite of "centralized energy." Decentralized Energy energy generates the power and energy that a residential, commercial or industrial customer needs, onsite. Examples of decentralized energy production are solar energy systems and solar trigeneration energy systems.
Today's electric utility industry was "born" in the 1930's, when fossil fuel prices were cheap, and the cost of wheeling the electricity via transmission power lines, was also cheap. "Central" power plants could be located hundreds of miles from the load centers, or cities, where the electricity was needed. These extreme inefficiencies and cheap fossil fuel prices have added a considerable economic and environmental burden to the consumers and the planet.
Centralized energy is found in the form of electric utility companies that generate power from "central" power plants. Central power plants are highly inefficient, averaging only 33% net system efficiency. This means that the power coming to your home or business - including the line losses and transmission inefficiencies of moving the power - has lost 75% to as much as 80% energy it started with at the "central" power plant. These losses and inefficiencies translate into significantly increased energy expenses by the residential and commercial consumers.
Decentralized Energy is the Best Way to Generate Clean and Green Energy!
How we make and distribute electricity is changing!
The electric power generation, transmission and distribution system (the electric "grid") is changing and evolving from the electric grid of the 19th and 20th centuries, which was inefficient, highly-polluting, very expensive and “dumb.”
The "old" way of generating and distributing energy resembles this slide:
The electric grid of the 21st century (see slide below) will be Decentralized, Smart, Efficient and provide "carbon free energy" and “pollution free power” to customers who remain on the electric grid. Some customers will choose to dis-connect from the grid entirely. (Electric grid represented by the small light blue circles in the slide below.)
Typical "central" power plants and the electric utility companies that own them will either be shut-down, closed or go out of business due to one or more of the following: failed business model, inordinate expenses related to central power plants that are inefficient, excessive pollution/emissions, high costs, continued reliance on the use of fossil fuels to generate energy, and the failure to provide efficient, carbon free energy and pollution free power.
Carbon free energy and pollution free power reduces our dependence on foreign oil and makes us Energy Independent while reducing and eliminating Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
* Some of the above information from the Department of Energy website with permission.
“spending hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars every year for oil, much of it from the Middle East, is just about the single stupidest thing that modern society could possibly do. It’s very difficult to think of anything more idiotic than that.” ~ R. James Woolsey, Jr., former Director of the CIA
According to R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, “The basic insight is to realize that global warming, the geopolitics of oil, and warfare in the Persian Gulf are not separate problems — they are aspects of a single problem, the West’s dependence on oil.”
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"Concentrated Solar Power - The Technology That Will
Save Humanity." ~ Dr. Joseph Romm
Replacing the "brown" power generated from fossil fuel power plants with renewable energy power plants such as Concentrated Solar Power plants, not only generates green power, but eliminates Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Hazardous Air Pollutants, while reducing the Earth's Fever and imports of foreign oil!
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