Reality check: Is green arrogant?

By Elisa Wood June 25, 2009 During a recent interview, a utility executive used the phrase “the arrogance of renewable energy.” He was talking about the need to keep costs in check and implying that green energy businesses do not. The executive asked that I not attach his name to the phrase. He was afraid he would anger those in the renewable … [Read more...]

Emissions-free electricity from small geothermal sources

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Bill Olson, senior vice president of business development for ElectraTherm, about how the company produces emissions-free electricity from small geothermal heat sources. Employing ElectraTherm … [Read more...]

Has the clean energy economy arrived?

By Elisa Wood June 18, 2009 We’ve seen many forecasts that show the clean energy industry boosting future US job growth. But a Pew Charitable Trust study released last week indicates that green job creation isn’t just a thing of the future; it’s been emerging for several years. From 1998 and 2007, clean energy jobs increased by 9.1%, while total … [Read more...]

How companies can balance environmental ethics with cost

Lisa Cohn of EE Markets interviews Brandi McManus, energy services manager for TAC by Schneider Electric, which provides building automation, energy solutions and security systems. She talks about how companies can balance their environmental ethics with cost, given that stakeholders and consumers are exerting pressure on businesses to go green. … [Read more...]

Next: The wattcom boom

By Elisa Wood June 11, 2009 I was at a meeting about three years ago where state energy commissioners and power plant developers were debating new market rules, some to take effect almost immediately, others five years out. A wise commissioner looked around the room and said something like: “All that matters are the immediate rules because … [Read more...]

How states can best use EE stimulus money part 2

Lisa Cohn of EE Markets continues her interview with Mark Sinclair, head of the Clean Energy States Alliance, about how states can create effective clean energy programs using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In Part One, he explained how and when the states will use the money--and what restrictions the government has placed … [Read more...]

Where is energy’s cell phone?

By Elisa Wood June 4, 2009 Electric industry restructuring often gets criticized for failing to deliver the goods. It was supposed to not only drive down rates, but also spark innovative new technologies.  After all, deregulation of the telecommunications industry gave us the cell phone. Where is energy’s nifty gadget? Initiated more than a … [Read more...]

How States Can Best Use EE Stimulus Money Part 1

Lisa Cohn of EE Markets interviews Mark Sinclair, head of the Clean Energy States Alliance, about how states can create effective clean energy programs using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In Part One, he explains how and when the states will use the money - and what restrictions the government has placed on the money. In … [Read more...]