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 […]

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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Report from Energy Innovation Summit

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

Last week, many of the leading minds of the cleantech world congregated in suburban Washington DC for the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit. The Summit is mainly oriented as a showcase of some of the most interesting and promising technologies that have surfaced directly or indirectly as a result of ARPA-E:  the Advanced Research Project Agency […]

A Fusion Reactor Hollywood Could Love

On November 28, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Some latest scuttlebutt from the world of nuclear fusion has all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller screenplay (and for those who remember Inside Greentech’s Greentech Avenger, you know I know scuttlebutt!) There’ve been all kinds of cinematic ideas, and personalities, on the front lines of the crazy world of cleantech innovation. Wild claims from charismatic mad […]

Japan’s Crisis Hurts Sales of Hybrid Cars and EVs

On March 29, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The people of Japan are courageously moving forward after the devastation of a 9.0 earthquake, a tsunami that ripped apart buildings and roads, and a nuclear crisis that now threatens their food and water. The Japanese economy depends in no small measure on the success of its automotive industry and its complex eco-system of component […]

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1,500 Reader Comments on Renewable Energy that will Really Work

On February 16, 2011, in Blog, by admin

Our Cleantech Linkedin Group, over 20,000 members strong, has had a seven month running discussion started by Robert Drummond entitled “Renewable Energy that will Really work”, asking for readers views on what’s practical in renewable energy.  Kind of crowd sourcing opinion and facts on the subject of renewable energy.  Robert’s discussion reached a staggering 1,500 comments this […]

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Predictions for cleantech in 2011

On December 2, 2010, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Here’s what Kachan and Co. believe we can expect for the new year in cleantech worldwide… and the outlook is positive, if that darn economy thing doesn’t get in the way.

Nuclear Energy: Threat or Opportunity?

On July 19, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Several months ago, I was asked by the Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture, in my lovely home town of Chagrin Falls OH, to speak on the topic of nuclear energy at their Chautauqua-at-Chagrin lecture series this summer. I agreed, and proposed the title of my talk “Nuclear Energy: Threat or […]

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An Evening With Ernest Moniz

On December 21, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, the MIT Club of Northeast Ohio hosted a talk at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland by Professor Ernest Moniz, the Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Over the course of about an hour of […]

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Sober Words from DOE

On August 17, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi At the recent Western Energy Summit, Dr. Steven Koonin (Undersecretary of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy) made a speech with some eye-opening tid-bits. In this review on GreenTechMedia, Koonin is quoted as saying about the daunting challenges in moving away from fossil fuels: “We have limited time and limited […]

Yucca-ing Up Nuclear

On August 10, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi My first day working professionally in the energy sector was September 29, 1986. (Why I remember this date so clearly, I can’t say.) On that day, I joined the consulting firm ICF in Washington DC, and as a bit of make-work (until I could get staffed on a significant project), I […]

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Baby Nukes

On December 22, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Although not popular to many in the environmental community, one low/zero-carbon energy supply alternative that has to be at least put on the table for serious consideration is nuclear energy. Yes, yes, we know the litany of concerns about nuclear energy: runaway fission leading to explosive catastrophes like the one that […]

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Into the Blue

On June 9, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, the International Energy Agency released a study entitled Energy Technology Perspectives 2008, in which the agency estimated the shifts in the world’s energy system required to reduce CO2 emissions substantially. In their so-called “BLUE” scenario (I haven’t figured out what “BLUE” refers to), a 50% CO2 reduction from 2005 […]

"A Special Report on the Future of Energy" by Mother Jones

On May 12, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I’ve never been a fan of the periodical Mother Jones – it’s always seemed a bit too “alternative” for me. That said, I was recently given a copy of the May/June 2008 issue – a special report on the future of energy – and was surprised by the quality and balance […]

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Powering the Planet

On January 28, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi “Powering the Planet” is the title of an extraordinary speech that is regularly given by Nate Lewis, Professor of Chemistry at CalTech. It is a bit long and detailed, but very much worth reading, as it elegantly frames the scale of the worldwide energy/environmental challenges to be faced in the coming […]

Goin’ Nucular

On August 13, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiIt was pouring rain last Wednesday morning, as I entered an office building near Cleveland Hopkins Airport to attend a meeting convened by Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) to discuss the future of nuclear energy. Unlike many of his peers, Senator Voinovich appears to take the issue of climate change seriously. Also unlike […]

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