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Viewing Posts from June, 2011

I have a friend who used to be an enthusiastic goal-setter and self-improvement specialist. She’s read many self-help books, diligently set New Year’s resolutions, and lived in steps (i.e., 5 proven steps to a better night’s sleep, or 3 steps for a slimmer waistline).

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Now I sit at a desk at NRG Systems in a community outreach role, after a career in social services and higher education. Like many people of my generation, I left college believing there was an unbridgeable divide between jobs that save the world and jobs that don’t, summed up...

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Vermont, where I live and work, is one of the least diverse states in the United States. The percentage of the State's population that is non-Hispanic white just recently dropped to 94%, according to the 2010 US Census.

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I have just returned from AWEA’s annual conference and exhibition – WINDPOWER 2011 – at the Anaheim Convention Center. I must say it was impressive, three days of high quality presentations, several meetings of industry working groups and committees, and a simply enormous exhibition with a an impressive array of...

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Well the Rapture did not happen as forecast on May 21st, but, not to worry, we can all gear up again for next year’s version, the Mayan apocalypse on December 12th. Whilst this might be a good excuse for newly minted college graduates to not bother to look for jobs...

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Two of the many presentations and speeches at Windpower 2011 particularly caught my attention. Both speakers broke from the wind industry refrain of lamenting its current situation and constantly calling for long-term policies and pleading for extended tax credits as the solution.

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It had been 10 years since I had attended AWEA’s annual conference, Windpower. My memories of Windpower 2001 in Washington DC include meeting with then Representative Bernie Sanders, an exhibition area in the basement of the hotel, lines of people waiting to talk at our booth, and the budding excitement...

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