Nuclear plant operations aren’t usually at the center of boardroom drama, but that’s precisely what’s happening in the latest controversy over the Duke-Progress merger. Duke Energy, after a year-and-a-half convincing … Continue Reading Nuclear Operations Front and Center in Duke-Progress Merger Spectacle
There’s been a lot of e-discussion since July 4th about the New York Times article on renewable fuel credits that were fraudulently sold by a not-so-clever crook in Maryland. He … Continue Reading Many Reasons to Dislike Renewables Mandates, but Fraudulent Credits Isn’t a Good One
Ever since I can remember, a rough but useful rule of thumb to describe the sources of U.S. electricity generation is that 50% comes from coal-fired plants, 20% comes from … Continue Reading A Sea Change in U.S. Generation
We screened Scott Tinker’s documentary Switch last night during the Energy Institute’s annual week of Energy Camp. For the novice, the film provides an educational and entertaining tour of the energy frontier. … Continue Reading Switch Energy Project
In Tokyo, where I traveled recently, protestors thronged the sidewalks outside the Prime Minister’s office as he agonized over re-opening two of the country’s 54 nuclear power reactors—they’d been shuttered … Continue Reading Nuclear Safety
Catherine and I have an essay in today’s Wall Street Journal on innovations in business models and practices in the energy industry. The essay is part of a WSJ Special Report on Innovations in … Continue Reading A Whole Different Kind of Innovation
Alberta’s tar sands—or, as pitchmen prefer to call them, oil sands—are to transportation as cow dung is to cooking: a dirty way to reach a goal. Cleaner alternatives, like LPG … Continue Reading Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax It.