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“Pain at the pump” is a common expression in the US news media. Filling up your vehicle is a chore and watching the meter rise is a helpless feeling. When I started working at NRG Systems, gasoline was under $1 a gallon. Those days aren’t coming back.

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When I started at NRG Systems in 1999, I was immediately struck by the global destinations for our orders. A company of 20 people in Hinesburg, Vermont was shipping products to nearly every continent and multiple countries. I started keeping a list of where we were shipping.

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In Vermont, there’s an old expression. “Welcome to Vermont, now please go away.” I think it was taught to me by my grandfather, a gruff longtime resident of Jericho. He espoused the same attitude about visitors to his property, even towards his young “uncivilized” (his words) grandsons.

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I just returned from China, and after a week of traveling about Beijing in its ubiquitous and very cheap taxis, I decided to take the Beijing Metro Line 10 back to my hotel. Built in 2008 in time for the Olympics, the metro is modern, efficient, clean, quiet, and cheap...

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My work at NRG Systems is purely international. I work with customers in China, India and other countries on a daily basis. When I travel to conferences or visit customers, it always involves crossing multiple time zones.

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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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Mongolian Family Uses Solar Energy to Power Home

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Africa has been known as “the dark continent.” A night satellite photo reveals that most of the continent is indeed dark at night. The book points out that most of Africa’s 1 billion people go to bed when it gets dark or make do with fuel based lighting, fires or moonlight.

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