Tag Archives: renewables

Focus of Change: Energy Transition

We are living in unprecedented times. Now imagine a widespread power outage. Crisis has a way of sharpening our collective societal focus, and by all accounts the coronavirus pandemic is a generational event whose effects will be felt for decades. As the United States’ COVID-19 cases soar and we bear down on week 4 of…
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An Energy Transition Planning Toolbox

"Solar installation, electrician's toolbox" by CoCreatr is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Electricity has come a long way since the first distribution systems were built in the 1870s. From lighting and heating our homes and businesses to powering the appliances, devices, and vehicles and that keep us connected and productive, electrical energy is nothing short…
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House Bill 11 is Wrong for PA

At a glance, the arguments in support of adding a nuclear tier to the state's AEPS seem to have some merit. But a deeper dive shows that HB11 would unfairly enrich investors at a cost of $500 million/year to ratepayers.

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Strategy vs. Planning

When preparing to accomplish a goal, our first reaction is often to plan. It is instilled in us from a young age. Winston Churchill said, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Is that strategic planning? And where does strategy fit in, anyway? A strategy is how you position around an opportunity, and…
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Wanted: Energy Leadership

From the other side of the world in New Zealand, electricity stakeholders are struggling with the same questions as in the US. How do distribution companies maintain revenue, while PV and battery system installations are growing at incredible rates? PV and other distributed resources allow for the redirection of energy revenues into assets with a…
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America’s Misplaced Optimism

Often when we discuss the US transition to renewable energy we think the finish line is in sight. It’s not. The problem is scale. Thinking about things in terms of millions is a real challenge. If our transition is to be successful, we must increase communication between consumers, providers and regulators. The question ProtoGen seeks to…
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Coal and Cold Turkey

The debate over coal vs. renewables has become very public. It highlights the tough decisions our country is trying to make. Clearly both play a significant role and dropping either cold turkey isn't an option. A plan to settle the debate must start by considering the consumers (where value is derived) and then prioritizing across the…
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