A life is a life…whether Arab or Israeli, Muslim or Jew….

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Posted by sass | Posted in Community, World Events | Posted on 13-07-2014

A life is a life. There is no life on earth that was not created in G-d’s image. What is going on in the world are tragedies in every corner.

When it comes to the Israeli-Hamas conflict (note my careful choice of words), there is a glaring difference in how each side is handling themselves. One side is doing what it can to avoid human life costs, while the other is doing what it can to increase the cost to human life. By no means am I commenting on the validity of Palestinian claims for a homeland. They have gone far too long without one and there is no doubt in my mind of the human suffering they have endured at the hands of other Arab countries or Israel. Nevertheless, when rockets purposely target civilians, and when their own population supports such tactics, there is little that one can counter with to tell Israel to stop. It has a right and duty to defend its people, and while the citizens of Gaza can be extremely right in their claim that there are other forms of aggression (economic, border control, etc…) there is still absolutely no excuse for supporting rockets flying into civilian areas purposely.

The difference between this time around and the previous outbursts has nothing to do with 4 teens dying (3 Israeli and 1 Palestinian). The difference is that this time Hamas will not have the support of Egypt. At some point, Hamas will run out of ammo. As it nears the tipping point of what percentage of its arsenal it wishes to retain, that’s when you will see movement on truce talks.

My prayers are for all of the humans suffering through this time, Palestinian and Israeli. May the real leaders on both sides stand up and be heard louder than those who choose the war drums.

The energy world as we know it…

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Posted by sass | Posted in Energy | Posted on 13-07-2014

Much has been written (and I won’t repeat or regurgitate) about the changing landscape for the energy industry and how its mimicking what happened to the telecom industry decades ago. While I do agree that revolution (as opposed to evolution) is around the corner for utilities, I don’t think that their response has nor will be quite the same as that of the telecom industry.

In the case of the telcos, a seismic shift occurred as a result of drastic improvements in technologies such as cellular. No longer were phones attached to a wall, they were attached to your belt, bag, pocket or hand. The difference is highly consequential to the speed and method of shifting which will occur in the energy industry. The over 3000 utilities are so entrenched in a manner of doing business, and there has been no disruptive energy technology which has yet appeared to thunder-strike their MO. Rather, what we’ve seen is a gradual embracing of distributed power (ie. solar rooftops) which does mean the utility companies sell less power, yet has not wrenched from their control the ability to affect the transmission of that power to and from residences or commercial buildings. So the effective control remains with utilities, while their revenue streams are going to start seriously dwindling as the shifts continue from centralized power to distributed generation and storage. As they become aware of dwindling revenues, they will seek either to make up for them with new “fees” or some will actually innovate and develop new business models.

The challenge from a consumer perspective is that the “new energy” companies like Solar City and others have to fight hard for every new client against state legislation, utility intervention and old-style ignorance. They are succeeding, as we see by the increased penetration, yet not at the rate which was so mind-blowing with telcos, that many entrenched providers disappeared or were consolidated. One could argue that having 3000 utilities is a good thing in America, as it creates lots of opportunity for new business models to emerge. That would be true if they were innovators. Utilities are traditionally “reactors” who will change when they must, not because they are forward-thinking. They set their rates, ensure they have sufficient energy, do some maintenance, repairs after storms or accidents, and go to sleep just fine every night. Its a rather mundane existence which they are quite happy to keep living.

It will take a disruptive technology to make it so that utilities are forced to evolve at the same rate as telcos did. Right now, I don’t see that force emerging until someone like Elon Musk drastically cuts the cost of storage or a new technology makes it to prime time. So for the moment, we must continue to bear down and keep the yardstick moving forward, as slow as it may seem for some of us. There will come a day when we can choose our power provider, or even become it completely. It could be Google Power, Apple Power, Virgin Mobile Power or a host of new brands that come onto the scene and who know how to treat a customer right. And when that happens, even the word “utility” won’t be relevant any longer.

Back to the Past?

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Posted by sass | Posted in Community | Posted on 29-05-2014

So today I am back on my blog. Its been ages since I have written anything that I felt worth sharing. Today I will reflect on the amazing changes going around me that I took some time to breathe in today.

I’ll start with my kids.

Ethan is working at Pratt &Witney as an engineering intern. How exciting is the fact that as a youngster, he used to love planes, trains and anything Lego. I would dare say that Ethan has turned into a fine, young man who is trying to figure out a messy world. He’ll make it through his intelligence, insight and kindness.

Justin is in Europe, on the last leg of his European tour. From Amsterdam (“dad don’t ask”) to Barcelona, with stops in Geneva to see his uncle/aunt/cousins and the Greek Islands, I sense a very content young man returning to his first job in a financial markets broker office. Besides missing him on the baseball team, in this past month I have missed the father-son battles of learning how to live together after years apart.

Joshua, boy wonder #3, has been accepted at Lincoln Memorial on a tennis scholarship. Two years ago, when I took over his tennis training management, I asked his coach if what he was doing would allow him to enjoy his passion through college. The answer was a flat “no”. So we changed up the programme, increased the intensity and Josh did the rest. He’s matured into a balanced, funny and insightful young man and it will be very different to have to accept Skype as the only means by which to see him for months, yet that is part of letting the birds leave the nest, trusting that you’ve done the best you can with the tools at hand.

And finally..Emma! A young woman about to end her second-to-last year of high school. She’s got beautiful singing talent which I hope we find a way to keep supporting. She hates it when I send her “philosophy”…yet that’s OK..I tell her dads are why there’s a DELETE button.

Its been rockNroll in the family household. Never a dull moment with a Moonlight golden retriever around. With summer upon us, BBQ’s, bike rides and strolls in the park are on the menu.

Not much more for this first “getting back in the saddle” post. As I begin to find the legs to write again…I hope that something I share touches someone out there.

Enter 2014….

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Posted by sass | Posted in Community, Leadership | Posted on 30-12-2013

Everyone at this time seems to feel we should wish each other a Happy New Year, as if by some divine intervention, this is the only day on which a new year begins. With so many “new years” being celebrated around the world, I wonder if the wish bestowed is often replacing the opportunity to wish everyone a happy new day, each and every day?

The reality is that a new year begins on each day. And many religions and countries celebrate their own new year on a different day. Perhaps then the wish of a new year can be looked as imply a kind act of respect towards anyone else’s “new year” than simply our own? What would happen if we wished each other a “happy new year” on each day?

Hold the thought…I’ll get back to you on this next year ;) .

And to all those celebrating a new year on January 1st, I wish you a good one too.

S.

ConnectedDrive and BMW i3 coming to 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

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Posted by sass | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-12-2013

See on Scoop.itSustainability and responsibility


The BMW Group will showcase BMW ConnectedDrive and announce its future plans for highly automated driving at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center


See on www.bmwblog.com

Volkswagen gives the e-Up a voice – IOL Motoring | IOL.co.za

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Posted by sass | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-12-2013

See on Scoop.itSustainability and responsibility


Sass Peress‘s insight:

VW will catch up quickly….


See on www.iol.co.za

Grant helps Ottawa solar energy innovator create jobs

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Posted by sass | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-12-2013

See on Scoop.itE-mobility and renewable energy

Up to 20 new jobs will be coming to Ottawa thanks to a $4-million provincial investment in local tech company Solantro Semiconductor Corporation.

Sass Peress‘s insight:

Congrats to this innovative Canadian solar startup


See on www.ottawasun.com

LA Times – Tesla Motors plans to debut cheaper car in early 2015

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Posted by sass | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-12-2013

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Sass Peress‘s insight:

With $40K base cost, $8K in incentives, this now becomes a $32K Tesla…the mainstream will grow their business exponentially…


See on touch.latimes.com

First Saabs roll out under new owner – Motoring – NZ Herald News

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Posted by sass | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-12-2013

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Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in southwest Sweden. – New Zealand Herald


Sass Peress‘s insight:

The revival of a proven brand is always nice to see…


See on www.nzherald.co.nz

Charged EVs | Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest commercial EV pilot

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Posted by sass | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 03-12-2013

See on Scoop.itSustainability and responsibility


Sass Peress‘s insight:

British gas installs EV chargers at customers homes, provides solar system development, installation and finance on customers roofs and now is testing an EV fleet. I just wonder when they will change their name :)


See on chargedevs.com