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. […]

Failure Is An Option: Cost Is Not No Object

On August 8, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to polls about energy issues.  Way too often, the questions are posed in such a way that they practically compel the respondent to answer in a certain way.  Seriously:  if someone asks you “would you like the energy you use to have less environmental impact?”, are you going to […]

Wild Is The Wind

On June 27, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Late May, the wind industry flocked to Anaheim for its annual gathering, Windpower, hosted by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).  For the first time in quite awhile, attendance was down from the previous year – estimated at 14,000, compared to a reported 25,000 in Dallas in 2010.  At least part of the reason was geographic:  […]

RPAG – Renewable Power at Scale = Scotland?

On November 4, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Comments by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, were a highlight of my fascinating introduction to RPAG – Renewable Power at Scale, this week.  With 206 GW of offshore renewable energy potential (wind and marine), despite it’s small size, Scotland has 25% of Europe’s wind power potential and 25% of its tidal resource potential. Keep in […]

Cleantech Meets Heavy Steel

On November 2, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I had a fascinating presentation today from John Robertson, managing director of BiFab, one of the first movers in offshore wind platform fabrications.  They just rolled off doing a 31 unit, 14 month project for Vattenfall’s 150 MW Ormonde project (which still counts as large in the offshore wind business), and built the original Beatrice […]

Cape Wind is New Source of U.S. Renewable Energy

On April 29, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (4/29/10) The United States now has a new source of clean electricity for homes, buildings, and industrial stationary power and also for the growing use of electricity in rail and electric cars. Wind power is especially available at night when we hope to eventually charge millions of vehicles. Global wind energy capacity […]

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Offshore Wind: Europe Now, U.S. When?

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

by Richard T. Stuebi Every two years, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) holds a major conference on offshore wind energy. The last time EWEA convened its offshore event, in December 2007 in Berlin, the mood was relatively somber. Several major offshore wind projects had been completed, but had run into unforeseen technical and economic […]

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Gridlock Windblock

On April 27, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I don’t know if it’s a myth, but I’ve heard it said that a city’s suicide rates and average wind speeds are correlated. According to the claim, there may be something fundamental about human biology – perhaps within the inner ear – that makes windiness tend to drive people crazy. Whether […]

Update on Offshore Wind

On October 13, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In Cleveland, the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (a collaboration involving many local public, private and academic organizations, led by the Cuyahoga County government) has commissioned a feasibility study for developing the Great Lakes Wind Energy Center (GLWEC). The GLWEC would include a demonstration offshore project in Lake Erie off […]

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The Increasing Ubiquity of Cleantech

On March 3, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I have subscribed to Forbes for over a decade because, unlike many other popular business journals, it seems to have a genuine voice — even if I sometimes disagree with it. On a plane flight from Cleveland to L.A. last Thursday night, I read the March 10, 2008 issue, and was […]

Offshore Wind Report

On December 11, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, I traveled to Berlin with a delegation representing Northern Ohio’s Regional Energy Development Task Force to attend the European Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition, put on by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). We visited to learn about the status of offshore wind energy technologies, as part of the […]

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What I Read on My Summer Vacation

On September 10, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In the spirit (though not the length) of a back-to-school book report, I dedicate this column to reviewing three energy-related books that I read in the last few weeks as the dog-days of summer wound to a conclusion. Cape Wind I first read Cape Wind by Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb, […]

LIPA-Suction: A Shift in the Future of U.S. Offshore Wind

On August 27, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi This past week, it was reported (for instance, see article in Newsday) that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), or at least its Chairman Kevin Law, was in favor of pulling the plug on the 140 megawatt wind project being developed just south of Jones Beach by FPL Energy, a subsidiary […]