Making Green Mining Less Of An Oxymoron

On September 16, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

New breakthrough science and cost reductions from the world of cleantech hold promise for making mining—one of the dirtiest, most inefficient industries in the world—more profitable, safer and cleaner. But which cleantech innovations aimed at reducing toxicity in mining, as well as the need for power and water, are best positioned to succeed? Which companies […]

Worlds of Differences

On June 3, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’ve always known that Americans hold a pretty different view about the state of the energy sector than elsewhere in the world, but never really knew how to characterize those variances. Today, I write in gratitude, thanking the efforts of Sonal Patel, senior writer at Power magazine.  Patel developed this helpful visual framework summarizing the […]

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 […]

Cold Facts About Air Conditioning

On September 4, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

There may be people who understand the big picture about air conditioning better than Stan Cox, but the list is surely a short one. Cox, who wrote Losing Our Cool:  Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World, has also just written an excellent brief article called “Cooling A Warming Planet:  A Global Air Conditioning Surge”.  In […]

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Clear Signs of Innovation in Glass

On August 6, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Glass has been made for thousands of years, and innovators have always been tinkering to improve the basic product.  Over the years, these improvements have mainly been in terms of color, strength, weight, quality.  The cleantech imperative of the past few decades is now pushing glass innovations on two more dimensions, energy efficiency and power […]

Top 10 Cleantech Subsidies and Policies (and the Biggest Losers) – Ranked By Impact

On July 31, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

We all know energy is global, and as much policy driven as technology driven. We have a quote, in energy, there are no disruptive technologies, just disruptive policies and economic shocks that make some technologies look disruptive after the fact.  In reality, there is disruptive technology in energy, it just takes a long long time. […]

An Illuminating Article

On July 2, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

As most of you readers know, the lighting industry is undergoing a revolution, stemming from the phase-out of inefficient incandescent bulbs as directed by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. A recent article in Distributed Energy by David Engle entitled “Quest for Light” provides a succinct overview of the domino effect on technological […]

CleanWeb: The Intersection of IT and CleanTech

On June 4, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For many observers, the bloom is off cleantech venture investing.  The challenges are numerous and increasingly well-known:  capital requirements are too large, the non-market (i.e., regulatory/political) forces are too influential, the incumbents are too strong, the sales cycles among risk-averse customers are too long, the technological issues are too profound.  As reported in this posting, […]

Conducting Home Performance

On May 9, 2012, in Blog, by Heather Rae

“Home Performance” used to sound like something musically-inclined parents forced their children to do in living rooms. It’s catching on, slowly, for what it really is, and that is tightening up houses – with an ear for proper ventilation, humidity controls and other riffs on indoor air quality, and fuel-efficient climate controls. (There are geographic […]

Great Day

On April 11, 2012, in Blog, by Heather Rae

One upside to the economic downturn is the influx of finance and technology professional entering the sustainability sector. They are ubiquitous. (“And they are everywhere, too,” as an old friend used to say.) These professionals bring to programmatic endeavors around slow food, climate change, recycling and the myriad elements of sustainability not only valuable expertise, […]

Afternoon, Deloitte

On March 26, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

The consulting firm Deloitte recently released a report entitled “Every Company Is An Energy Company (And If It Isn’t, It Will Be Soon)”. The main message is that, with increasing energy prices, it will be imperative for every company to consider how to reduce energy consumption in its buildings and its shipping/fleet, as well as […]

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Paving Path to Realistic Energy Modeling

On March 7, 2012, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Once upon a time, in a land called Maine, a girl (of a certain age) couldn’t help but wonder, “if you want to reward homeowners for saving energy in their homes, doesn’t it make sense to look at actual energy usage, something that accounts for behavior, as well as structures?” Soon, there were others, too, […]

The World According to BP

On February 20, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

On January 18, BP (NYSE: BP) released Energy Outlook 2030, its official corporate view of the future of energy.  Every year, BP releases its Statistical Review of World Energy that serves as an excellent compendium of historical and current data on a host of energy-related issues, but rarely does BP present its projections of trends […]

Banking on a Low-Carbon Energy Future

On January 9, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

One of the world’s largest banks, London-based HSBC (NYSE: HBC) issued last September a very interesting research report entitled “Sizing the Climate Economy”. At less than 60 pages, it’s an excellent read for those interested in the future growth of the advanced energy economy.  There are really too many highlights to capture all of them in this […]

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 […]

“Off the Grid and Into People’s Homes”

On November 14, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

In the November/December issue of EnergyBiz, you will find an unusual contributor to a magazine about the utility sector:  Bob McDonald, CEO of Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG). Being one of the largest, most successful and savviest consumer marketing companies, P&G is often considered by utility companies as a model for how to develop and market new products or […]

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Get Yer Motors Running

On October 24, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, I spoke with a few representatives from GE Motors and Services, one of the groupings under Industrial Solutions within the massive GE Energy business unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE).  In the course of the conversation, I received a brief tutorial on the state of affairs in the motor marketplace. Although easy to overlook, motors […]

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The Man On The Street: Less Time On The Street, More Time In The House

On October 3, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I came across two data tidbits recently about U.S. energy consumption — each of which was interesting independently, but collectively seemed to indicate diverging trends. First, gasoline consumption is down dramatically, by about 30% from 2007 – a good sign that we’re getting more energy efficient. Second, residential electricity sales in 2010 were the highest on […]

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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. […]

Building Energy Performance: The Johnson Controls White Paper Library

On September 20, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Without much fanfare, Johnson Controls (NYSE:  JCI) has developed a number of very good white papers relating to building energy performance:  energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation for buildings. The list of white papers includes coverage of topics such as: Lighting retrofits for industrial facilities – including an illustrative example of the economics associated with […]

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