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Wave of new laws to take effect in 2020: Electric cars, data privacy, taxes & more

The new year will bring new charges for some owners of electric vehicles, as an increasing number of states seek to plug into fresh revenue sources to offset forgone gas taxes.
In Hawaii, the charge will be $50. In Kansas, $100. In Alabama and Ohio, $200. New or higher registration fees go into effect Wednesday for electric vehicle owners in at least…

I think states are still trying to determine what is a fair or equitable fee on these electric vehicle owners.

Kristy Hartman, energy program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures

Start-up of the Week: Food will never spoil again thanks to this refrigerator

”Your sneak preview of the future” is the slogan of Innovation Origins, and that’s just what we will highlight with our Start-up of the Week column. Over the past few days, five start-ups of the day have been featured and on Saturday we will choose the week’s winner. We shall consider various issues such as sustainability…

The next wave of electric vehicles will appear in 2020

Electric vehicles have been helping Americans get around for more than a hundred years. At the start of the 20th century, a third of the vehicles on the road were battery powered. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the sports car company that still bears his name, was among the first to develop an electric vehicle, debuting the P1 in 1898…

My plan is estimated to create tens of thousands of new, good-paying jobs in this country and should re-establish the United States as the world leader in auto manufacturing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

The future of energy is being shaped in Asia

A Frenchman is credited with being the first to discover the photovoltaic effect that produces electricity from sunlight. The first solar panel was built in the US. But when Abu Dhabi decided to build the world’s largest individual solar power project, they looked east for help. The country partnered with Chinese and Japanese companies to…

Minnesota firms grow an industry focused on renewable energy, conservation, and software analytics

The small businesses are the growth leaders of the state’s economy, at the intersection of energy efficiency, renewables, environmental considerations, and next-generation software and technology. In 2018, HOM Furniture invested about $60,000 in an energy-management software solution made by Burnsville-based 75F for HOM’s Plymouth…

HOM is a good example because they got an [internal rate of return] of 80 or 90% in the first year. It’s good for the environment, for our Minnesota-based business and for HOM. Our customers typically get a two-year payback on their investment.

CEO Deepinder Singh, a computer scientist who launched 75F in 2012

2020 Look Ahead: Think Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Let’s look at some macro trends circling the esoteric inner core of this ongoing technological revolution. First up there’s Facebook’s Libra, which currently is a swirling mass of confusion. It’s clearly become a major part of the world’s biggest social media giant’s roadmap and they’re throwing a lot of resources at it. For crypto generally, it’s a huge…

What superpowers like the U.S. seemingly misunderstand is that although Facebook has lots of users, many more than Bitcoin, their power is already being whittled away by the very fact that permission-less, decentralised digital currencies, for the first time in history, provide a new option and choice for people to exit from centralized fiat currencies.

Electric vehicles are supposed to be green, but the truth is a bit murkier

At gatherings of electric vehicle enthusiasts, the curious surround Rob Spreitzer and his car. Both are celebrities in these circles — he’s known as “High Mileage Rob,” having driven more than 115,000 kilometers in his Tesla Model 3 in a little more than a year of ownership. No other Model 3 in Canada is believed to have reached that milestone in such…

Blockchain to Be Among the Top Technologies of the Next Decade

Out of the most revolutionary phenomena of the 21st Century, blockchain technology has been a standout and within just a decade of launch, it has already taken the world by storm. When Satoshi Nakamoto introduced blockchain as the underlying technology powering Bitcoin, he wouldn’t have thought that his creation will disrupt the…

Hundreds of thousands of users are entering the blockchain ecosystem globally by using dApps or other forms of applications like crypto wallets, money transfers, etc. Ripple alone has partnered with over 200 banks and other financial institutions, which has brought millions of people in tough with blockchain.

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