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The Energy Show, hosted by Barry Cinnamon, is a weekly 30 minute talk show that runs every Saturday on KDOW Radio AM in San Jose California.

Every week Barry provides practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.

Barry Cinnamon heads up Cinnamon Energy Systems (a San Jose residential and commercial  solar and energy storage contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology). After 10,000+ installations at Akeena Solar and Westinghouse Solar, he's developed a pretty good perspective on the real-world economics of rooftop solar -- as well as the best products and services for homeowners, manufacturers and installers. His rooftop tinkering led to the development of integrated racking (released in 2007), AC solar modules (released in 2009), and Spice Solar (the fastest way to install rooftop solar modules).

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The Energy Show, hosted by Barry Cinnamon, is a weekly 30 minute talk show that runs every Saturday on KDOW Radio AM in San Jose California.

Every week Barry provides practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption.

Barry Cinnamon heads up Cinnamon Energy Systems (a San Jose residential and commercial  solar and energy storage contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology). After 10,000+ installations at Akeena Solar and Westinghouse Solar, he's developed a pretty good perspective on the real-world economics of rooftop solar -- as well as the best products and services for homeowners, manufacturers and installers. His rooftop tinkering led to the development of integrated racking (released in 2007), AC solar modules (released in 2009), and Spice Solar (the fastest way to install rooftop solar modules).

    Prepping for New Energy Technology

    Prepping for New Energy Technology

    Copyright 2021 The Energy Show, Barry Cinnamon

    Not since the advent of central heating and cooling has home energy technology changed so much. New technologies are all electric, and almost without exception, they are cheaper to operate and install, more comfortable and convenient, and they are safer and cleaner.

    The transition to building electrification started modestly with LED lighting about 15 years ago. Now we have:

    * Rooftop solar
    * Battery storage systems
    * Heat pumps for heating and cooling
    * Heat pump water heaters
    * EV chargers
    * Induction stoves
    * More convenient control systems

    To learn what you should do to prepare for these new energy technologies, please listen to this week’s Energy Show as we discuss detailed recommendations of the entire process from upgrading your electrical service and adding solar and battery storage, to upgrading your HVAC and appliances.

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    Stop the Utility Profit Grab

    Stop the Utility Profit Grab

    Copyright 2021 The Energy Show, Barry Cinnamon

    6/30/21 News Story: “PG&E just asked regulators for a $3.6b rate hike to reduce fires from their own power lines”

    Another “in your face” profit grab from a utility that blames rooftop solar for high electric rates. This rate increase works out to $36 per month for every homeowner in California! Do they think we’re stupid?

    The biggest threat to rooftop solar and storage is not political. It’s not tariffs. Or product shortages. The biggest threat is from aggressive lobbying (which we pay via our electric bills) and outright lies from monopoly utilities.

    It’s pretty simple: utilities are trying to prevent businesses and homeowners from installing their own solar and battery systems so they maximize their profits. They lie about rooftop solar and storage. Adding insult to injury, they are also trying to increase fees for customers who already have these systems. It’s an outright, blatant, anti-competitive profit grab that will harm all current and future solar + storage customers — while at the same time increasing monopoly utility profits. And our regulators have historically gone along with these profit grabs.

    Utilities invented their Big Lie to convince the public that they are the good guys, only trying to protect ratepayers. BS.

    Did your electric rates go up because of rooftop solar? No — they went up because of high transmission costs and ridiculous utility executive salaries.
    Are our wildfires caused by rooftop solar? No — the deadliest fires have been caused by inadequate transmission line maintenance.
    Will paying utilities more money solve your home and business blackout problems any time soon? No — the fastest and cheapest way for you to get reliable power is with your own backup system.

    Check out this short video for a more realistic perspective: We Can’t Trust Them - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9TVsgUvtlI

    It is inconceivable to me that the California Public Utilities commission is considering another economic shift from homeowners, schools and businesses to a twice-bankrupt and criminal utility (PG&E) who already has a guaranteed 10% rate of return, who just raised electric rates by 11% this year — and is now asking for another $3.6 billion rate increase.

    Specifically, California’s three monopoly utilities want to:

    * Add monthly fixed charges to solar customer bills,
    * Reduce solar reimbursement rates,
    * Eliminate annual net metering, and
    * Change net metering grandfathering for existing solar customers.

    The only way to stop this utility profit grab is for homeowners and businesses to call out this Big LieL

    * Tell Governor Newsom that increasing solar costs is absolutely the wrong way to solving our electricity problems.
    * Tell the California Public Utilities Commission that paying PG&E even more money is unfair to all ratepayers.
    * Tell them both that we need more local solar and storage, not more expensive long-distance transmission lines that cause wildfires and perpetually high maintenance costs.

    Take action now:

    * Contact the Solar Rights Alliance at https://solarrights.org
    * Contact the California Solar and Storage Association at https://calssa.org

    For more about this Utility Lie, please listen up to this week’s Energy Show https://cinnamon.energy/the-energy-show/. We’ll go through the specific changes monopoly utilities want, the falsehoods behind their Big Lie, and steps we all need to take before the utility profit grab goes into effect.

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    Electric Vehicle Charging

    Electric Vehicle Charging

    Copyright 2021 - The Energy Show, Barry Cinnamon

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    Building Electrification with Menlo Spark

    Building Electrification with Menlo Spark

    Copyright 2021 - The Energy Show, Barry Cinnamon

    This week’s Energy Show was recorded on Earth Day 2021, 51 years after the very first Earth Day in 1970. When Earth Day was established our country was concerned about water and air pollution — not global warming.

    There were two environmental disasters that year: a drilling rig leaked millions of gallons of oil off the coast of Santa Barbara, and the Cuyahoga River on the southern shore of Lake Erie started burning as oil and other industrial materials dumped into the river literally burst into flames. There was widespread acknowledgment throughout the country that we should not be polluting our environment for the sake of convenience. Anyone watching TV in 1970 probably remembers the crying Native American in the “Keep America Beautiful” PSA.

    Since then we’ve made tremendous progress reducing water, air and toxic waste pollution. While we are still focused on these issues, the bigger issue is global warming. All of the World’s governments — including the U.S. now -- are striving to reduce the warming of the earth to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. World governments are convening to more aggressively limit CO2 emissions. Notably, the U.S. plans to accelerate our CO2 emission reductions by 50% by 2030.

    In spite of these high level government efforts, reversing global warming is a battle that must be fought by committed citizens locally. One of the most notable efforts in California is being led by Menlo Spark. They are an independent non-profit group that has set a goal for the City of Menlo Park to be climate neutral by 2025. Menlo Spark's efforts are proving to be a model for other communities across the State.

    My guest on this week’s Energy Show is Dianne Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark. Their focus is on individual and community-based changes such as building electrification, switching from fossil fuel vehicles to EVs, and implementing clean electricity sources such as solar and storage. To learn more about the origins an community activities of Menlo Spark, please tune in to this week’s episode of the The Energy Show.

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    Benefits of Green Hydrogen

    Benefits of Green Hydrogen

    Copyright 2021 - The Energy Show, Barry Cinnamon

    Riddle me this: what is the most common element in the universe, comes in various colors, and was not the subject of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” by The Rolling Stones?

    Here are a few more hints. Over 100 million metric tons of this gas are produced per year globally, and nearly all of that is made from fossil fuels. In its most common form, this element has one proton and one electron. It was the combustion source for the demise of the Hindenburg. And if you take two of these atoms, add an oxygen atom, you’re all wet.

    OK, it’s hydrogen. Almost all of the world’s hydrogen is made from natural gas. The best hydrogen is green, produced by the electrolysis of water, using electricity from renewable sources (solar, wind, hydro). The worst hydrogen is brown, made from coal from a gasification process. Gray hydrogen is produced from natural gas using the steam-reforming method. Both brown and gray hydrogen production results in large quantities of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. Blue hydrogen is made from either coal or natural gas, and is theoretically cleaner since the CO2 emissions are sequestered or repurposed.

    What really interests me is the potential for using renewables, most likely solar and wind, to create vast quantities of affordable green hydrogen for industrial processes — and possibly transportation.

    Our guest on this week’s Energy Show is Janice Lin, CEO of Strategen Consulting. She is the driving force behind the Green Hydrogen Coalition, as well as several other successful energy storage organizations. Please tune in to this week’s show as Janice explains how hydrogen is made, distributed, and used today — as well as the potential for widespread applications of green hydrogen.

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    Solar and Storage During the Texas Blackout

    Solar and Storage During the Texas Blackout

    Copyright 2021 - The Energy Show, Barry Cinnamon

    We did a recent podcast on the Texas power failures, with a focus on practical solutions to these weather-related events.

    This week I’m happy to have a first-hand perspective of this extended Texas blackout with Jeff Wolfe, CEO of Veloce Energy. Jeff will share his uncomfortably cold experiences for three days — complete with almost- frozen pipes, lack of water, minimal driving, and limited food choices.

    But Jeff and his family didn’t suffer at all…they had a solar system with battery backup. His lights never went out. He had heat as long as there was natural gas pressure. His water pipes didn’t burst. The food in his fridge stayed cold. His computer and internet continued to function.

    Please listen up to this week’s Energy Show for Jeff's practical insights on what Texas can do to solve their structural and political electricity problems. And, naturally, specifics about how a solar and battery system can keep your home and business powered up during the next extended blackout.

    • 38 分鐘

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