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One might think that recruiting the best and the brightest during tough economic times would be an easy task – high unemployment means plenty of well-qualified people looking for meaningful work. In my experience, though, no matter what the economic climate, recruitment is challenging. It’s truly a study in human psychology.

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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.

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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...

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Mongolian Family Uses Solar Energy to Power Home

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The locals with whom we met acknowledged these issues, but accepted them as part of living in Beijing. However, as evidenced by reports in the daily papers, the authorities aren’t as complacent. In every issue there was a significant article concerning renewable energy: perhaps a new development or government initiative.

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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.

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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...

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Kamisu Wind Farm 300 km from earthquake epicenter by Wind Power Ibaraki

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I recently became chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute. Being chair of any organization comes with a certain level of responsibility. Sometimes it helps to remind myself that having all the answers is, thankfully, not one of these responsibilities.

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The wind is howling in Vermont’s biggest snowstorm of the season. I dressed for work as usual this morning, but when I opened the garage door, the wall of snow was higher than my car. It took me one brief pass with the snow shovel to see there would be...

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