Survey of Advanced Energy Business Executives

On May 13, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

In April, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI) released the synthesis of a survey of executives in the advanced energy sector conducted by PA Consulting to suggest priorities for U.S. energy policy. The report, Accelerating Advanced Energy in America, outlined business challenges and policy challenges thwarting the growth of the advanced energy sector, in order […]

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The Proper Role of Government in Energy

On November 5, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Since tomorrow’s election is heavily focused on the appropriate scope of government, I have spent a little time lately reflecting upon the proper role of government in the energy sector. In regards to the U.S. Presidential race, I will refrain from analyzing the respective policies and stances concerning energy of the two candidates.  This recent […]

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The Advent of SPS Policy?

On September 17, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

In the cleantech sector, pretty much everyone knows the acronym RPS, for Renewable Portfolio Standards.  Since the first RPS policy in the U.S., implemented in Iowa in the late 1990s, 30 states have passed similar policies to promote the installation of renewable energy projects and expedite penetration (overcoming the ambivalence or outright opposition of utilities) of renewable […]

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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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. […]

Predictions For Cleantech In 2012

On December 1, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s December again (how did that happen!?) and our annual time for reflection here at Kachan & Co. So as we close out 2011, let’s look towards what the new year may have in store for cleantech. There are eggshells across the sector for 2012. Global economic uncertainty in particular is leaving some skeptical about […]

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. […]

Cleantech Blog’s Parameters for a Workable Energy Policy

On June 14, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Energy is life, the rest runs on it. Since the 70s through every presidential administration and every Congress, we have had an energy policy that boiled down to fighting the cold war through oil and getting lucky on locally sourced coal and gas.  It’s not a zero planning energy policy, we’ve spent money, defined policies, […]

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Cleantech Industrial Policy for the United States

On June 13, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past several months about industrial policy: actions by the public sector to help promote a fledgling industry so as to ensure, foster and/or accelerate its emergence. In the cleantech sector, questions about industrial policy are particularly salient. It’s no secret that many aspects of cleantech – especially low […]

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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 […]

Obama’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

On April 4, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s “Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future”. Like most big-picture strategic summaries of complex subjects, a whole lot of content gets reduced to a few simple phrases that have become almost devoid of meaning.  In this case, the Obama Energy Blueprint distills into three priorities: Develop and secure America’s energy supplies Provide customers […]

Following the Money

On October 4, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I get a kick when climate skeptics decry the work of climate scientists by claiming that the scientists are only in it for the money. Get real. The real money is in opposing climate legislation. Check out this recent posting by Daniel Weiss, Rebecca Lefton and Susan Lyon entitled “Dirty Money” […]

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The World’s Energy Portfolio Needs Rebalancing – NOW

On August 17, 2010, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

The World’s Energy Portfolio Needs Rebalancing – NOW Point Roberts, South Salem, New York- August 17, 2010 – Investorideas.com and its green investor portal, www.renewableenergystocks.com publish new energy market commentary from solar contributor, J. Peter Lynch . The World’s Energy Portfolio Needs Rebalancing – NOW!!!J Peter Lynch Solar Stocks Commentary with J Peter Lynch http://www.renewableenergystocks.com/PL/ […]

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The Petroleum Industry: Past the Tipping Point?

On July 5, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi as posted to Huffington Post As Jon Stewart so beautifully satired a couple of weeks ago, American political leaders have long said “enough is enough” about the lack of a coherent national strategy regarding oil. In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, is this time different? Will […]

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Top Ten Energy Myths

On June 7, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I get a kick out of trite little lists that I can quickly report on and provoke some thinking and conversation. And so it is that I recently came across the “Top Ten Energy Myths”, as suggested by Thomas Tanton, a fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. As listed in the […]

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Why Corn-Based Ethanol Sucks

On May 17, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi While it is increasingly recognized that subsidies for corn-based ethanol are bad policy, a nod must be given to C. Ford Runge, a professor at the University of Minnesota, for his pithy and merciless analysis in his note “Biofuel Backlash” published in the May/June issue of Technology Review. In the space […]

Cracking the Codes

On December 7, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the big line-items in the energy-related provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was energy efficiency. Over $3 billion was allocated to efficiency investments, with the expectation of a 7:1 economic return, based on previous results of the DOE’s State Energy Program since its inception in the late […]

Energy Efficiency: How NOT To Do It

On October 12, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi On October 5, First Energy (NYSE: FE) announced a planned energy efficiency program, involving the delivery of two compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) to each of its residential and small commercial customers in Ohio. This was to be a part of First Energy’s revived energy efficiency programs, stimulated in large part by […]

Fight Stupidity Now!

On October 5, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi As a big sports fan, I’ve become an enthusiastic listener of Mad Dog Radio on Sirius, enjoying the rantings and ravings of both hosts and callers alike. It’s quite an eyehole (or earhole) into an interesting segment of Americana. Unfortunately, one disconcerting aspect about this segment is reflected by the advertisers […]

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Money Walks, Fossil Fuel Talks

On September 28, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi as posted to Huffington Post Earlier in September, a group of investors from around the world with over $13 trillion under management issued a statement calling on governments to agree at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December to require greenhouse gas emission reductions of 25-40% below 1990 […]

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