If I understand the new tax cuts, (and who really does given its 500 pages were written in a matter of days) then a business can immediately expense 100% of equipment investment against business income.
That means no more capital depreciation. You buy it, you expense it during its first year of use.
If first year expensing applies to solar systems, then this could be a huge opportunity for lowering your business electricity costs. Imagine being able to deduct a solar system’s full cost during its first year of operation. It opens the door to decades of “free” electricity!
The three key steps to finding out if this opportunity is available for your business are:
- Work with a tax professional on this question
- Retain a rate design expert that can analyze your utility bill for kWh and KW pricing
- Solicit bids for a solar/battery electricity system.
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Tagged batteries, Bill Roth, Business, Earth 2017, kW rate design, load management, lower electric bills, Real Time Pricing, solar, Sustainability, tax plan, technology
America is in a housing crisis. The average list price of a U.S. home is now 25% higher than the medium home value. More Americans are renting than at any point over the last 50 years. Rent in hundreds of U.S. cities now represents as much as 45% of total consumer expenditures.
This housing crisis is an eminent threat to our economy. The cities most negatively impacts by housing costs increases are also the cities driving American economic growth. 15% of America’s counties covering cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Portland and Denver generate almost two-thirds of annual gross domestic production.
High housing costs are also reducing consumer buying power. Consumers account for 75% of our country’s economic activity. The more they have to spend on housing, the less they have to spend with other businesses.
Increasing our affordable housing stock, most especially in our high growth cities, is mission critical if America is to achieve 3% economic growth. Continue reading
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Tagged 3% economic growth, affordable housing, America Housing Crisis, Bill Roth, Earth 2017, futurist, Hispanic construction workers, normalizing interest rates, public speaker, single family homeownership, taxation, zoning
2007 was a technology milestone year. It was the year that Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone.
2017 may be viewed as a similar milestone year. For the first time in history, renewable energy supplied more electricity into the U.S. grid than nuclear power.
Why is this such a milestone event?
It portends a technology mega shift that will lower electric bills, reduce emissions and enable electric cars. It will also mark mass adoption of a destructive value creation process that will reshape the electric utility industry. Continue reading
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Tagged batteries, Bill Roth, coal, destructive value creation, Earth 2017, electric utility industry, energy economics, green business coach, keynote speaker, nuclear power, renewable energy, solar, technology futurist
The world is getting warmer due to human pollution.
So what? Is this impacting your sales or costs today?
Approaching climate change like this will doom your business success. Climate change is the canary in the mine singing, “the Industrial Age is over.”
Think Sears, coal and telephone lines. Now consider Internet retail, solar and cellular mobility.
Millennials are now the most employed demographic in America. Which of these six business models align with millennial generation values?
Which ones have a declining cost curve?
Which ones will have less regulation because they have a smaller environmental footprint?
The question being raised by the Information Age is:
Will your business adopt a change culture that embraces four key technologies that solve climate change and win customers? Continue reading
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Tagged 5G, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, batteries, Bill Roth, Business success, climate change, culture change, democratization of technology, Earth 2017, futurist, green business coach, keynote speaker, making money, renewable energy, technology, Veyo, Zero Net Energy buildings
This VW concept vehicle is an example of autonomous driving, all electric vehicles that will eliminate the need to own a car!
I just bought a hybrid electric SUV. It is a stunning piece of technology. This five passenger, four wheel drive vehicle is rated by the EPA for 34 city, 30 highway gasoline mileage. I got over 40 MPG cruising the Pacific Coast Highway along side restored VW buses and vintage Corvettes.
But the real technology breakthrough is that this is no Prius or Ford Pinto. This SUV leaps up a highway ramp from the torque generated by its electric motors and the horsepower from the combustion engine.
This SUV is also smart! It has 360 degree radar sensors that will slow, or even stop, the vehicle if I fail to anticipate a potential collision. It’s cruise control is a marvel. It will seamlessly slow or accelerate to maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
Now here’s the shocking news being created by Silicon Valley Auto Manufacturers Row. By 2030 all of this marvelous technology will be obsolete. By 2030, Silicon Valley Auto Manufacturer Row plans to launch an autonomous electric vehicle economy that will save the average household $5,600 annually.
With those kinds of cost savings, we may all have bought our last car, truck or SUV! Continue reading
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Tagged Autonomous car, autonomous electric vehicle economy, batteries, Bill Roth, Earth 2017, electric car, green economic revolution, green future shock, keynote speaker, mobility as a service, renewable energy, Silicon Valley Auto Manufacturer Row
The Tesla S is a breakthrough all electric car. The upcoming Tesla 3 maybe the first car you buy that was designed as a consumer electronic device!
How the all electric GM Chevy Bolt is designed more like a smartphone than a car![/caption]Have you driven a Tesla S? You have to. It has a cool factor that competes with Ferraris.
Yes, it has a $100,000 price tag. That is too pricey for most of us. But until you get in the driver seat of a Tesla and punch the accelerator you will not appreciate the growing excitement over electric cars. The world changes when you are sitting inside a four passenger luxury car that can smoke a muscle car from 0-60.
Think iPhone in terms of future car designs
The Tesla S is a breakthrough technology because it is designed as a consumer electronics device. Think iPhone in 2007. Before the iPhone, and now the Tesla S, there was nothing like it.
Like a smart phone, the Tesla S is designed around continuously updated software.
For example, I programmed a trip from San Diego to San Francisco into the car’s large iPad sized digital display. The software not only mapped the route but also routed for recharging stops. But was amazing, the recharging stops are continuously updated based on actual driving experience. The software will never let you experience range anxiety. Continue reading
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Tagged Bill Roth, Bolt, consumer electronic device, Earth 2017, electric cars, Formula One, green business coach, iPhone, keynote speaker, Leaf, mobility as a service, Tesla
How public policy addresses the future shock of an electric vehicle economy sold through Mobility As A Service will determine America’s economic future.
The autonomous electric vehicle economy is poised to deliver lower costs that will reshape our lives.
The first article in this two part series outlined the price leadership that autonomous electric vehicles will win through a mobility as service (MaaS) business model. The average household is projected to save $5,600 annually from using MaaS.
As a least cost solution, the autonomous electric vehicle is projected to win 30-40% marketshare from traditional fossil fueled vehicle ownership by 2030.
This second article outlines the public policy issues created by such a tidal wave of change. Continue reading
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Tagged autonomous electric vehicle economy, Bill Roth, city planning, Earth 2017, economic development, future shock, future shock of autonomous electric vehicle economy, green business coach, job creation, keynote speaker, MaaS, mobility as a service, mobility future shock, public policy, public transit, technology change, ZNE buildings