Articles by John Addison

About John Addison

John Addison is the author of two books - Save Gas, Save the Planet that details the future of transportation and Revenue Rocket about technology partner strategy. CNET, Clean Fleet Report, and Meeting of the Minds have published over 300 of his articles. Prior to being a writer and speaker, he was in partner and sales management for technology companies such as Sun Microsystems. Follow John on Twitter @soaringcities.

Reinventing Energy

Over the next 40 years, we will progress to a better and different approach to generating, transmitting, and using energy. In some ways, the transition resembles the transformation of information technology during the last 40 years. Through the mid-seventies, over 90...

Battery Storage from Residential Solar to Utility Scale

Enough sunlight reaches the earth each day to meet all of our energy needs for one year including powering all buildings, industry and transportation. Renewables will account for about 70 percent of new generation capacity added worldwide from 2012 to 2030, according...

Solar Power to Triple During Next Five Years

Global solar capacity is forecasted to triple from the 178 GW capacity at the end of 2014 to over 500 GW by 2020, equivalent of one thousand typical coal or nuclear power plants. Solar energy will be 540 GW by 2020 in the high estimate, and 396 in the low, according...

California Cities Top U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index

San Francisco ranks #1 in the U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, San Jose #2, San Diego #4 and Los Angeles #6. The rankings of 50 U.S. states and 50 metro areas are based on more than 100 indicators of advanced transportation, clean energy, green buildings, clean tech...

Two Thousand Live Net-Zero and Love It

Two thousand people live in the zero net energy (ZNE) community of West Village. Near the University of California, Davis, student and staff residents can easily walk to campus. From shopping to campus to fun, they also bicycle everywhere in one of the most bicycle...

Millions Ride BRT, Saving Billions

Over 30 million are daily riders on bus rapid transit (BRT), which offers many of the advantages of light-rail, but at a fraction of the cost. Riders in 190 global cities find that BRT moves people faster than cars crawling in congestion, because BRT uses segregated...

$200 Billion Advanced Energy in United States

Advanced energy is now $200 billion in annual revenue in the United States. Solar power, wind power and natural gas are driving the 14 percent annual growth of advanced energy, according to a new Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) report, developed by Navigant Research....

Solar, Storage, and Smart Grid Transform Electric Utilities

Solar power installations grew 40 percent in the U.S. in 2014. Reports of record level renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, and smart grid use were detailed by utilities and technology providers at the recent Distributech 2015 Conference, attended by...

LA vs SF in Battle for Tallest Building

Salesforce Tower In the heart of San Francisco, Salesforce Tower, at 1,070 feet and 61 floors will rise far above other San Francisco buildings. Opening in 2017 and occupying a full city block, the Tower’s 1.4 million square feet of office space is offered to multiple...

Solar Energy to Triple by 2018

Solar energy will triple to 430 GW by 2018, delivering the equivalent of 500 coal or nuclear plants, according to the latest “high scenario” from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Even the low scenario of 321GW is impressive. With the price of...

Grid Storage and Renewables Threaten Utilities

Your pension plan and bond funds just took a hit when Barclays downgraded U.S. electric utility bonds. Renewables and energy storage are disrupting the market and those risks need to be in the bond prices according to Barclays. Wall Street may bet against utilities...

Her – Movie Star and the Future of Mobility

“Her,” nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, demonstrates the power of artificial intelligence. In the film, “Her” is an operating system enhanced with expert systems, similar to the way that Android is enhanced with applications such as Google Maps. “Her” is also a...
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