Doha was a Dud!

The Doha climate change conference concluded this week with what has become a familiar ring.  Nothing much of import happened and increasingly fewer people noticed.  Oh, the issues at the surface are still the same as they have been since they first flamed out in 2009 at Copenhagen.  These events have become a global debate Read more about Doha was a Dud![…]

Is Cleantech Ignoring Energy Fundamentals?

The energy and utility landscape is changing rapidly and radically as a consequence of the recession, state mandates for renewable energy, demand response and energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.  As regulators try to implement the climate change and clean energy aspirations of politicians the opportunities presented are attracting new players bringing new technology. Read more about Is Cleantech Ignoring Energy Fundamentals?[…]

The Dirty Secret of Sustainable Energy

The quest for clean energy sustainability has been waged on a strategy that can be summarized as ‘subsidize the good stuff, and demonize the bad’.  This post is not about climate change risks, it is a focus on a condition precedent to a practicable achievement of emissions reduction goals—-baseload generation. Climate change advocates do not Read more about The Dirty Secret of Sustainable Energy[…]

Is California Proposition 23 Strike 3 for Climate Change?

First it was meltdown of a global climate change treaty at COP15 then Waxman-Markey legislation failed to thrive in Congress—now Proposition 23 to suspend the California Global Warming Solutions Act could be the third strike for environmental advocates. The political calculus is being reset after the Senate failed to muster the 60 votes to pass Read more about Is California Proposition 23 Strike 3 for Climate Change?[…]

EIX Sticks with Coal

“The Electric power business has the potential to change more in the next 10 years than it did over the last 100 years.”[1] That was the unsurprising statement in the Southern California Edison (EIX) second quarter conference call for investors.  The slide presentation provides an interesting snapshot of SCE’s view of the current markets and Read more about EIX Sticks with Coal[…]

Climate Change Plan B: Exercise Presidential Authority

“Congress’s inability to cap U.S. carbon emissions contributed to the failure to reach a global climate treaty last year in Copenhagen,” said PCAP Executive Director William Becker. “It now appears that Congress has failed again just months before international negotiators are set to reconvene. “Congress has passed the ball back to President Obama,” Becker said. Read more about Climate Change Plan B: Exercise Presidential Authority[…]

What Can We Do with CO2 after We Capture It?

The US Government has at least twelve answers to this question. This is the question the Federal government is asking six companies to demonstrate with $106 million in stimulus money.  Six companies will have to match the grants with $156 million in private investment on conversion projects.  Another six projects will receive $4.4 million in Read more about What Can We Do with CO2 after We Capture It?[…]

Climate Change Hits the Fan

Senate Majority Leader announced that he did not have the 60 votes to pass a climate change bill so the Senate was moving on to other business.  This was not new news, but it set off a food fight among the advocates of Waxman-Markey or variations of it to deal with climate change. The irony Read more about Climate Change Hits the Fan[…]

Peak Day Pricing Day at PG&E

Today a Peak Day Pricing Day at PG&E As I write this on July 16, 2010 it is an expected peak day event day at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for business customers.  This means that peak day pricing will kick in to reduce demand this afternoon or business customers will pay a much Read more about Peak Day Pricing Day at PG&E[…]