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It has become a sign of spring for me to travel to Europe for the Annual EWEA conference and GWEC board meeting. This year we met in Copenhagen, Denmark.
And so it is for every functional area within a business. When times are good, it’s easy to maintain existing relationships. When times are tough, it’s easy for a business to neglect existing relationships and chase after new ones.
We all understand intellectually that companies, products and methods are constantly being replaced by more effective alternatives. (Economist Joseph Schumpeter famously described this as a process of creative destruction.) But exactly how do you keep ahead of this process consistently? Designing, managing and implementing your innovation process to meet (or...
Contrary to what it may feel like here in the U.S., the wind industry is booming. I was reminded of this recently when Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, spoke at NRG Systems. It was a good time for a reminder.
I’ve been wondering lately what it’s going to take to get this country of ours to wake up to what we’re doing to the air we breathe and the water we drink. Sometimes I wish I were a psychologist…well not really, but I do wish I had an answer for...
If you didn’t notice the announcement of Clean Energy Innovation, a new report and interactive website by Google's philanthropic arm, or like me, you didn’t immediately check it out, you need to do it now. Go ahead; I’ll wait.
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.
With a confluence of wind energy events and rising energy prices, now is a great time to get the word out about wind energy.
After finishing the jar of food, his daughter looked ready for a nap, but was much too unsettled to relax. Everyone within earshot was curious as to how this relatively new dad was going to cope with his rapidly deteriorating situation. He needed help and everyone wanted to pitch in.
Late last fall at the AWEA Fall Symposium, I had the fortune to hear former Secretary of State General Colin Powell’s plenary address. He was terrific — insightful, witty and articulate. I appreciated his interest in wind power, his understanding that the industry was going beyond just generating electricity from...