Fifty Years

On September 24, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Earlier this month, I turned 50 years old.  Such milestones are natural occasions for reflection. Beyond recalling many of the phases and individual episodes of my life, my reflection included a consideration of how the world had changed in the 50 years in which I had lived.  And, naturally, given my profession, I pondered what it would have […]

How About A Sane Energy Policy Mr. Obamney?

On August 30, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s Presidential Election year.  Ergo, time to discuss our 40 year whacked out excuse for an energy policy.  Royally botched up by every President since, umm? Objectives: Make US energy supply cheap for the US consumer and industry, fast growing and profitable for the American energy sector, clean, widely available and reliable, and secure, diversified, […]

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The End of Nuclear Power? Or Just the Beginning?

On August 7, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

This week’s news: US NRC freezes decisions on new reactor, license renewal applications “The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted unanimously Tuesday not to issue final decisions on granting licenses to build new nuclear power reactors and 20-year license renewals to existing ones, pending resolution of the agency’s waste confidence rule overturned by a court in June. […]

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Thoughts from Intersolar 2012

On July 18, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Guest Blogger Charles Waitman I spent a day at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, considered by some to be North America’s premier exhibition and conference for the solar industry.  My career, to date has been in the oil industry.  This was my second Intersolar conference.  These are my observations. PV dominated the conference. […]

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Rethinking the Role of Government in Cleantech

On May 16, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Another year, another wringing of the hands over tax credits and incentives for clean technology. Lobbyists and vendors in the U.S. are once again singing the blues, calling for continued and expanding government investments in clean technology. At the same time, political challengers continue their Solyndra hootenanny, raking the current administration for how it spent hundreds of […]

The Geopolitics of Energy

On May 14, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

“The Geopolitics of Energy”:  that was the title of a talk given at the Opportunity Crudes conference in Houston last week by Guy Caruso of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  It’s an endlessly fascinating and urgent topic, as very few sectors of the economy shape the world in which we live as much […]

A World of Hurt

On November 21, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Seemingly generating nary a ripple here in the U.S., the International Energy Agency (IEA) just issued its 2011 World Energy Outlook – its annual synopsis on the future of the global energy sector.  If ignorance is bliss, then we’re certainly blessed by generally not bothering to confront the pretty-alarming conclusions of the report.  A pastiche of the highlighted snippets in the Executive Summary, when […]

Environmental Regulation of Coal Power: Train Wreck or No?

On October 18, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Over the past several months — well, years, really — there’s been a lot of to-and-fro about various new environmental requirements that may or may not face coal-fired powerplants. Some observers have called it a regulatory “train wreck”, arguing that some of the requirements run at cross-purposes to others, or are planned to be sequenced in a […]

The Great State of Uticana

On September 26, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, at the stunning student union of The Ohio State University, Battelle convened a meeting entitled 21st Century Energy & Economic Summit on behalf of Ohio Governor John Kasich, who both opened and closed the conference with some observations.   The agenda covered a wide spectrum of energy issues facing Ohio, and didn’t lack for interesting moments. […]

Clean Coal Technology Is Making Venture Investors Money

On September 13, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

One of my friends, John Moore. the CEO of Acorn Energy (NASDAQ:ACFN), recently sold off their rapidly growing CoaLogix investment for a quick return. I caught up with John to get the story. So John, who the hell is Acorn Energy anyways? Acorn Energy (NASDAQ:ACFN) is the Sun Studios of the energy sector. We have […]

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Cleantech Investing: A View From 21

On May 16, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Ordinarily, I let my fellow blogging colleague Neal Dikeman of Jane Capital take the lead in covering cleantech IPOs and publicly-traded stocks.  However, I recently received the May 2011 newsletter from 21Ventures, and found the commentary by David Anthony on cleantech public equities an interesting complement to Neal’s most current take – sufficiently so to expound upon it herein. […]

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What If…?

On May 2, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

…someone invents an economically-competitive energy storage technology that could be deployed at any electricity substation at megawatt-hour scale? …the power grid were brought up to 21st Century standards to match the true power quality needs of our increasingly digital society? …high-speed rail was not the exclusive province of Europe and Asia? …customers had real choice […]

Will the 21st Century be the Fossil Fuel Century?

On December 30, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Will the 21st century be the fossil fuel century? Whether it’s peak oilers, climate scientists, renewable and sustainable gurus, or cleantech venture capitalists, we all talk like that’s not an option.  We’ve preordained that the 21st century is a green energy, renewable power, cleantech century. And I’d like to believe that.  But it’s not a […]

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Meet the New Coal, Same as the Old Coal

On December 14, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi   As reported a few months ago by the Associated Press, a number of new coal-fired powerplants are now under construction in the U.S. without the ability to capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions. One passage from the article stands out: “The expansion, the industry’s largest in two decades, represents an acknowledgement that […]

Fossil Fuel and Life

On May 3, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In the past month, we’ve witnessed two major catastrophes associated with U.S. production of fossil fuels — the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killing 11 workers in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Massey Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion claiming 29 lives in West Virginia. It’s easy to vilify […]

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Peter Huber: Low-Confidence in Low-Carbon

On June 9, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi A few weeks ago, I wrote here that it is often a good thing to read and reflect upon intelligently-crafted opinions that differ from those you hold. A good example is offered by the essay “Bound to Burn” by Peter Huber, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In this thought-provoking […]

Carbon Trading, The Game

On December 26, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

At our company Christmas party this year we played Carbon Trading, The Game. Bascially, I devised a simple cap and trade game in a power sector, and then we played out four rounds to see what happened. The results were an interesting summary of how small rules can have big impacts in the outcome. And […]

First Impressions of China

On September 15, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I just returned from my first trip to China – a whirlwind ten-day tour spanning the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Wenling – involving a number of private meetings (some with senior public officials) as well as public presentations at PennWell’s China Power Oil & Gas conference and at […]

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Coal on the Offensive

On March 17, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In the wake of setbacks to new coal powerplant construction in the face of likely carbon legislation, the coal industry has mounted a serious PR blitz, led by a group called Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC). ABEC is a national non-profit organization with a claimed membership of 150,000, whose acknowledged […]

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Peak Coal?

On May 14, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more passionate debates in the energy community these days centers on the concept of “peak oil”. Peak oil does not mean oil supplies running out; rather, the term “peak oil” refers to the moment in time when oil extraction levels reach their maximum, followed by a long decline […]

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