Before I could talk about the possibilities I see in, and for, "darkest"Africa, I had to see it for myself.

A lot of evolution has gone on since this was filmed and we are ready for next steps.

And, since this was filmed, many of the situations and potentially useful technologies have been weathered, characterized, and can be implemented based on the future we can plan, rather than the past we are trying to overcome.

Real life observations of what we’re actually starting from, a whole new version of enhanced productivity, from all segments of the population can emerge in ways that we can only foresee from today’s present reality.

Rather than discussing the “Cliche” phrases like “New Energy Economy,” we’ve been working on defining the “New Economy” that we can create with our current global technologies, and realities.

One situation that has seemed to cry louder and louder is that this is only going to happen as a “private” ownership venture. Those cries are not just coming from what we are observing today.

They are also coming from 25 years of retrospect as the best intentions of 25 years ago have weathered time.

With that insight, todays now-sight, and foresight, we’ve developed a modified perspective of what sustainably “Private” needs to look like.

On the surface it’s not going to be shockingly “innovative.”

We’re pretty stuck on our awareness of Homeostasis as it pertains to human nature. Plus we don’t have to guess. Instead of guessing, we have at least 50 years, of “data” we can now access to identify the kind of models cited in the book “Built to last” by Jim Collins, and Jerry I Porras.

Plus we have the sustainability of the business models that seemed to be the greatest thinking of the time. These have been sorted by the realities of human nature, and that’s the only thing we feel can be trusted.
This has also been true of post colonial Africa, and we don’t have to gues much about how well that’s been working. Not!

Sustainability as it has been proven will only succeed if the “systems” it exists in are able to maintain their “balance”

That, in turn means that the outcome is determined by what society believes is in it’s best interest Governments can’t seem to balance, but there are some great models in the private sector, many of which can be found in the “Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway basket of holdings.

We do have “endorsement, and encouragement” from the Governors, office and ministers, but we are not subject to any decision making at the “government” level.

If the United States has demonstrated anything to the world, it’s that the complete separation of the Government, and the capitalist business free market environment works incredibly well.

What has emerged from this first visit is the irrevocable allocation of a substantial amount of land, that is now under private business rule. And, as a 100% private “bootstrap” agricultural enterprise “Fetcha Farms” has proven the business concept and is ready to expand to a very real “impact enterprise.”

A new world of “Private Productivity” that will benefit all of the population living and working under the existing governments, but is not suitable for the “chicanery” universe.

We plan to foil that world by making it possible to Google every move we make, and laugh or be sad with these moves as the unpredictability of human nature come out of nowhere.

A primary purpose of this entire undertaking is to help the world learn with us as we implement what we think are great ideas, and discover if they are great ideas, or ones for the wastebaskets.

Our current learning environment is the presentation of knowledge with only accidental correlation. That’s not working and it’s not how we are intending to present this.

In this case we are going to show it all in the context of the fully correlated evolving system, so that everyone can see, if they care to, exactly what happens as a result of their actions.

When they fail, what else fails with them? Obviously there is only so much one consciousness can assimilate, but we believe it’s time for creating whole teams that understand the significance of every player.

Bringing light to the "darkest" parts of Africa.

Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families

The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking.  And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where  “every party wins”.  From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added  processing plant

The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.

There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.

Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.

This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing.  Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model.  A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.

Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.  

The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production.  Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.

Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.  

For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.

©William Ross Williams 12.02.2019.

Let’s all work together!

Don’t throw any of the renewable capacity away! It’ll be worth more than imagined as soon as we put the “third” leg on this “low carbon” stool.

The new abundance of clean natural gas can provide the stability needed to double the usable output from wind and solar.

Art by Robyn Shorrock. There’s more to come.

Plus, making electricty that eliminates the need to burn diesel fuel with electricity is a double win.

The “renewable energy” only show has wreaked instability on our electricity lifelines, and is starting to take down power for whole regions.

By creating what I call gas primary hybrid microgrids where reliability is priority one and than then reduce it’s carbon by 80% using integrated solar, wind and storage, Everybody wins, and no one loses.

Renewable energy was never expected to do more than generate billions of dollars in jobs, and hardware sales in what had become a stagnant situation.

The sale of equipment without correlating it to markets has created a nightmare. Now it’s time to bring “Lets make a difference thinking” back into play so we can create the powerful results we need, and want.

Today, we can create a livable and secure energy future, with much more low carbon electrification that will in turn enable the digitalised 4th Industrial revolution.

All together now, we can turn this world around.

Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families

The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking.  And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where  “every party wins”.  From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added  processing plant

The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.

There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.

Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.

This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing.  Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model.  A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.

Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.  

The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production.  Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.

Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.  

For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.

©William Ross Williams 2.16.2019.

Invisible views

Thank you all for joining the audience. My plan is to provide the unbiased and helpful energy strategies that will take renewable and clean energy to the next level.

One of my favorite quotes is “ in order to accomplish the impossible, one must be able to see the invisible “ Lourde Torres.  Meralco, Philippines.

My fondest memories are not about financial closings or the ribbon-cutting at power plants. What brings back the joy that will keep me writing, discovering and sharing, are the moments and times when we were all working together toward a common goal that had been ordained by others to be impossible.

The 30-year Altresco journey has taken me around the world, literally, more times than I can count. It has involved visiting at least 34 different countries. (So many that it’s hard to sort out the landscapes in my mind) . but what remains vividly clear are the people I’ve met, and the lessons I learned from them.

These lessons and experiences are the knowledge base that my current views were seeded with. Since the turn of the millennium, I’ve been focused pretty exclusively on energy storage and renewable energy integration.

Over the last decade, my long view attitude has not been attractive to a short view energy business approach.  Nonetheless, am very grateful for the amazing and unimaginable progress that the short view go-getters have accomplished. That gratitude is because, as a result of that amazing progress, we are back to the first time in decades where my long-term view is once again compatible.

Seeing the invisible

2 .5 Billion years

What our brains see is a really gnarly old tree.  It’s about 800 years old.  But there’s more. Also in the frame is a view of 2 ½ Billion years of our planet’s history.

That is the “invisible part”

If you will look through the tree to the cliffs in the background, what you are seeing are cliffs that are a thousand feet high, and show a “picture” of nearly every layer of Earth’s evolution.

The shocking comparison this brings to mind is that within a hairs width of time, we have managed to bring about what can turn into yet another noticeable cataclysmic extinction. The only trace of humankind will be petrified trash, laced with plastic that would not petrify.

Come on people, we’re better than this.

The solutions we see among the Altresco team are as clear as the cliffs in the picture are. But what applying today, in order to establish are once you focus on the cliffs instead of the tree. In fact, the core premises are based on an earlier project that we organized, financed, owned and operated. That project not only accomplished the goals we had in mind. It exceeded them in every way.

On that project, we were learning with every step, and honestly, we were also astonished when it all came together. Yet success was not the lesson. It was just the beginning of the lessons we have learned since.

A whole new industry arose as a result of that success, but try as they did, no one ever learned the true secrets that enabled Altresco Pittsfield to become the new benchmark for the industry.

I’m very excited to see the stars back in alignment, but I want to do one thing differently. This new model is going to surpass the beneficial and game-changing impact of the Altresco Pittsfield model.

However, this time we intend to do things in a way that people will be able to replicate, and that we will be able to help them replicate. The probability of success is much higher, and most of all, the transformation this can create is critical.

This go-round, we want to be mentors. and in doing that, our knowledge can be part of the future. rather than just a case study.

The Altresco goal is to create a step by step book explaining how and why the elements need to be assembled. This business opportunity

 

 

 

 

Our status in the Universe.

I love these pictures of “scale, “and how microscopic Earth is relative to the Cosmos.

One of my most profound moments of humility was when I was up below Manaslu Peak in the Himalayas, where the night skies were unimaginable.

And a day was trekking up a very steep path, cut into high canyon walls with a sheer drop of about 1000 feet, to a raging glacier-fed river. A momentary loss of balance would be the end of me.

(At that time, I was the CEO of an eighty million per year company, with complex revenue relationships which felt like a lot of responsibility.)

The “moment” was when I paused, glanced down at the river, and, with absolute clarity, realized that were I to slip and fall to my death, the world, as I knew it, would take about three to five days to resume, as though I’d never existed.

Today, I know that I still have lots of reasons to be alive and have impacts, but relative to the universe, even that is negligible.  But our planet is all we have, or ever will have. We are evolved from the bacteria in the Earth’s seas, and truly are “earthlings.”

We need to get over our “Constellation” size egos and start taking care of our microscopic size piece of the universe.
We’re the only ones that can, and failing that, the total annihilation of humanity would not even be noteworthy to the balance of the universe.

©William Ross Williams 2020 All rights reserved

When Individuals Are More Innovative Than Teams

This has been a blessing and a curse for the duration of my business careers in both Real Estate investment and Energy Sector business model creation.
The problem is not the innovation part. The problem is figuring out how to explain it to the “teams” that are critical to the implementation.

I’ll be working on that for the rest of my life. Until then I’m just grateful that the ones I’ve done are still working, and providing the intended benefits.

It depends on what the goal is.

Source: When Individuals Are More Innovative Than Teams

A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings

Some days, as I contemplate the machinations of the human species, with the core Amorality of human nature, commerce, and the capitalistic style rationalization of the continuing destruction of our planet, I wonder if we’ve even evolved enough to deserve to survive.

Then I’m led to work like this poem, and the overall efforts of the “Brain Pickings” writer and my spirits are lifted.

“Out of such chaos, of such contradiction / We learn that we are neither devils nor divines…”

Source: A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings

Duke agrees to largest coal ash cleanup in US after years of fighting with environmentalists.

Nuclear is dangerous because of possible radioactive leaks, but,with coal the radioactive danger is absolute, and the only containment is leaky ponds.
This is also the biggest radioactive waste cleanup of all time.

6 Months ago, as a result of searches for deaths by radioactive exposure, I found numerous articles verifying that 300 people, so far have died from the radioactive exposure they were subjected to while working for Jacobs Engineering on this coal ash spill.

That’s 290 more people than have died from radiation exposure at the highly promoted Chernobyl, and Fukushima disasters.

Here’s the link to the Duke clean up article. Not a single word or hint of a reference to the radioactive content of this ash.

Source: Duke agrees to largest coal ash cleanup in US after years of fighting with environmentalists | Utility Dive

Today, I discovered the twisted nature of Google.

When I searched for the articles about the 300 deaths I found before, I got 28 pages of Google results which all linked to the same planted article that uses the phrase “sick” instead of DEAD.

Here is a slightly more objective article that was hard to find among all of the “flack” pages.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste/

Infinite media budgets sponsored by product vendors have shaped our beliefs all wrong.
Tobacco is not a problem, and nuclear power is bad”because other thinking hurts our sales.

Non smokers don’t buy tobacco, and nuclear plants don’t buy coal

Burn, Pay, Or Shut It Down: Three Evils For Permian Drillers | OilPrice.com

Or we could be using it to make electricity to eliminate the need for all of the diesel, and fuel oil-fired generation.

Today, natural gas-fired generation is actually carbon negative

Permian producers are facing a difficult choice; pay a premium to haul off excess natural gas or literally burn it, and their profits

Source: Burn, Pay, Or Shut It Down: Three Evils For Permian Drillers | OilPrice.com

Q. Is the movie cowspiracy really accurate in its outcome that agriculture of animals is the leading culprit by far of any other form of Global warming?

I suspect that the “Climate denial” community sponsored the movie.

Climate denial has been taking many shapes and morphing lately.

Yes, sir! Blame it on the cows, and keep on buying those monster SUVs, and F Series pickups, and if those aren’t big enough we’ve got these for you.

Don’t even think about herds of cattle. we’ve got herds of trucks.

This “herd” is where our real emissions problems are coming from.

“Transportation” emissions now surpass the electricity production industry by a wide margin to now top of the emissions mix.

Fortunately, that is just the U.S. And “Cowthane” in the US is a relatively small amount of methane compared to the methane, and flare gas that’s created a new class of uncategorized emissions

This gas is not Cowthane.

Has anyone else noticed that, in the U.S. our attention has been deftly focused on electricity generation and renewable energy (Electricity), with no reference to the other petroleum generated emissions, which are coming from the transportation and industrial sectors.

So, today, our biggest single source of emissions does not show up on any charts. More than enough gas to generate electricity for most of Sub Saharan Africa is being vented or flared into the atmosphere every day.

This is now the single largest emissions source on the planet. And it is not productive in any way. This is our bad. We know where the natural gas is coming from.

Unlike animals, we can capture and utilize it in LNG, or straight electricity generation. That electricity would displace the need for distillate fuels.

And we’re worried about “Cowthane?

And, in the U.S. the percentage of methane, and CO2 emissions coming from livestock pale in comparison to the other completely non productive emissions we don’t hear a peep about.

On the global side, “Cowthane” is a more significant contributor, but still small relative to all the other negative trends away from climate progress. And smaller yet if we were to start recognizing all of the “non-productive” emissions not list anywhere on our charts and graphs.

And an increasingly more damaging factor is the burning and clearing of the rainforests “Carbon sinks” that kept CO2 in “balance” till we started doing everything possible to destroy that balance. (I recommend Project Drawdown, for the most thoughtful, accurate, and disturbing overviews.)

So globally, the balance looks like this.

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data | US EPA

They’ve done everything possible to keep us from “noticing” that the distilled petroleum in internal combustion vehicles is much worse.

Not only is it more toxic than options like natural gas, but passenger vehicles are very inefficient, which means that 75% of the fuel burned comes out of the tailpipes.
In addition to CO2, you’ve got carbon monoxide and all of the “particulates” that are making cities nearly uninhabitable.

© William Ross Williams 2020     all rights reserved.

How media is killing us.

There are many ways we can stem global warming, but it’s counter to the real intent behind “renewable” energy. I’m committed to sharing what will work.

This article, in Common Dreams illuminates why so much of what I’m writing and posting seems to contradict the “Status Quo” media created “Reality”

Legendary broadcast journalist Bill Moyers has said:

“We’ve got to get alternative content out there to people, or this country’s going to die of too many lies.”

Moyers was asked what the corporate media means for our democracy:

“It means that virtually everything the average person sees or hears, outside of their own personal communications, is determined by the interests of private, unaccountable executives and investors whose primary goal is increasing profits and raising the share prices. More insidiously, this small group of elites determines what ordinary people do not see or hear. In-depth coverage of anything, let alone the problems real people face day-to-day, is as scarce as sex, violence, and voyeurism are pervasive.”

“So if we need to know what is happening, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know why it matters, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know what to do about it, and Big Media won’t tell us, it’s clear what we have to do. We have to tell the story ourselves.”

That’s what we are trying to do here—tell the story ourselves. Every day we work to tell you what is happening; why it matters, and what to do about it.

“I came upon Common Dreams a long time ago, found that Common Dreams was editing the world in a way that did not deny me what I needed to know, but guided me toward what I wanted to know. Common Dreams has done a brilliant job of creating an editorial product that takes so much good material, and brings it together in one place,” said Moyers.

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