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I play with numbers all the time and understand how one can forget their real meaning. As you tinker with spreadsheets or pull together forecasts, it’s easy to become divorced from reality and forget that the numbers represent real people doing real things.
A few months ago, I began drafting a blog post on a Clean Energy Standard and what I believed would be a slippery slope of compromise for the renewable energy industry. I felt and still believe that moving from a Renewable Energy Standard to a Clean Energy Standard (CES) would...
Now, a week after President Obama’s address on energy security, I think we’ve begun a new cycle. We’ve poked our heads out of the sand as gas prices approach $4 per gallon to admit we have an energy problem.
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...
Kamisu Wind Farm 300 km from earthquake epicenter by Wind Power Ibaraki
As a finance guy, I love to harp on the importance of long-term financial planning (which I’ll do in a moment) but I’m thinking about it today from a global energy standpoint. Our addiction to oil has been discussed for ages.
Last week I landed at Washington National in D.C. on one of the windiest days the city could remember. At the airport, 40 mph winds jounced and bounced our modest-sized jet from Burlington. Quite fitting, I thought for the wind energy lobby day on Capitol Hill.
This is a political battle which may end up in federal court, but in terms of the alternatives presented below, there has been one startling change in the Vermont context — strong public resistance to the construction of wind farms. This resistance is fueled by frightening tales of noise-related illness,...
In an online debate run by The Economist, Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Steve Sawyer of the Global Wind Energy Council have been debating the effectiveness of natural gas vs. renewables in limiting the world’s carbon emissions.
Growing up, Christmas was marked by stockings stuffed with presents that mysteriously appeared at the end of my bed on Christmas morning. As I grew older I resisted the logic (spoiler alert) that led me to the conclusion there really was no Santa Claus — but to acknowledge this would result in the retirement of that stocking full of treats. In the end it was necessary to recognize this reality or seriously undermine other ideas I espoused as a worldly young man.