"Carsharing in Jefferson County Using District EVs - A Local Energy Opportunity"
LEO Presenter and Public Discussion Facilitator: Perry Spring, Energy Systems and Efficiency Professional
Opportunities for developing profitable, unsubsidized new energy systems and businesses in Jefferson County have been under consideration for more than a year both by the members of the Jefferson County Energy LLC (now being formed) and by the directors of CountyEnergy.US who organized and ran the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program from 2010 through 2015. This development work is the logical extension of the regular bi-annual Energy Lunch reporting on local energy projects that was directed between 2012 and 2015 by Jim Pivarnik of the Port of Port Townsend.
Starting in June and July last year, invitation-only lunch meetings to review all identified new energy opportunities have been held just prior to the public Energy Lunch Program each month where for the final three months of 2016 these meetings were designated as "LEO Meetings" to review Local Energy Opportunities. Unlike the earlier project reports, these LEO Meetings addressed the organization and financing of energy projects including many that emerged from energy systems and plans being suggested by Energy Lunch Key Speakers each month. As of the end of last year 44 separate new energy opportunities for thirteen separate county constituencies had been identified and estimated as requiring in excess of $75 million in capital investment.
Several of these new energy opportunities have been developed to the point of written concept descriptions and spreadsheet assessment of financial details. One of these new energy opportunities is now ready for public review and the Energy Lunch Program for February will provide such public review of "Carsharing in Jefferson County Using District Electric Vehicles (EVs)." Perry Spring of Port Townsend, a regular participant in Energy Lunch events will briefly present and describe this local energy opportunity, how it would work, and what benefits could be expected in typical districts throughout the county (such as neighborhoods and businesses).
With Uber and Lyft roiling the transportation markets around the world, it is entirely appropriate for a public consideration of this carsharing opportunity as a part of the pathway toward a new energy future in Jefferson County. Just last week a member of the BMW management board in Germany was reported as having said that "we are going to see more change in [transportation in] the next 10 or 15 years than we have seen in the last 100 years." There is plenty of room for local activity in this transportation transition that is really just a part of the larger energy transition we have all been addressing.
Following the presentation of the EV-Based, District Carsharing Opportunity, Perry Spring will publicly engage with Energy Lunch attendees and facilitate interactive public, on-the-record discussion about any and all aspects of this EV-based carsharing energy development opportunity.
Please note that the February 2017 Energy Lunch Program will take place between the hours of 12 Noon and 2:00 PM at the Clubhouse of the Port Townsend Yacht Club at 2503 Washington Street in the Boat Haven on the Port Townsend waterfront.
The public and professional Energy Lunch activity at the PT Yacht Club on Thursday, February 16th (THIS WEEK) is scheduled as follows:
12:00 Noon: Yacht Club Meeting Room Available for Brown Bag Lunch and
General Discussions on Local Energy Topics of Interest
12:30 PM: Special LEO Presentation and Discussion: "Carsharing in Jefferson County Using District EVs" by Perry Spring, Port Townsend WA
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Continuation of General Discussions on Local Energy Topics of Interest
Sonja Hammar, Energy Lunch Host, will be present at the Yacht Club to introduce Perry Spring and to help facilitate the public discussion on the presented Local Energy Opportunity. All Jefferson County residents, business people, and government officials will find this public LEO Meeting to be very provocative with regard to plans for future transportation or mobility. A special invitation to attend this LEO Meeting is also extended to people in nearby counties since the profitable, unsubsidized energy systems and businesses being reviewed will likely make equally good sense in their home counties as well.
Those who plan to attend are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Good sandwiches and other brown bag food items are available nearby at either Pho Thao or El Guadalajara on Washington Street, at the Port Townsend Food Coop on Kearney Street, and at other locations on the Port Townsend Waterfront or in the Boat Haven.
The Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program is an activity of the Jefferson County Energy LLC (ELLC) that is currently in the process of being formed.