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What Will it Take for the United States to do What Costa Rica Has Accomplished in 2015?

December 27, 2015 – Costa Rica has been providing electricity to the country using no fossil fuel sources. The diesel generators are silent as renewable energy takes over. There ... Continue Reading →
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What Exactly is the Clean Power Plan That President Obama Announced?

August 4, 2015 – Yesterday the President of the United States released the revised Clean Power Plan with a focus on fossil-fuel burning power plants. Why that focus? Because these ... Continue Reading →
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Energy and Island States – Necessity Driving Innovation

November 11, 2014 – When I recently was asked to speak via Skype to a gathering of concerned Jamaicans at a conference gathered in that nation’s capital, I talked about ... Continue Reading →
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Limiting CO2 to 450 Parts Per Million and its Impact on Fossil Fuel Companies

June 16, 2014 – Recently ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell both issued letters to their shareholders indicating that they were building a carbon tax into their revenue projections ... Continue Reading →
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The Present and Future of Microgrids

April 3, 2014 – A microgrid is a power grid on a small scale. It operates alone or can feed into the main power grid. Before power utilities, the electricity used by manufacturers ... Continue Reading →
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Energy Update: Bay of Fundy to Test Tidal Turbines

January 25, 2014 – May the FORCE be with you. FORCE is an acronym for the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, a research facility focused on tidal energy technology. If you ... Continue Reading →
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Environment Update: Climate Change, the World Bank, Indonesia and Coal

I read two stories about the World Bank and climate change this week. One stated that Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund of the World Bank, (seen ... Continue Reading →
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Energy Update: An Environmental Engineer’s 2030 Forecast

In this month’s Report on Business Magazine, a  supplement that comes with The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national newspapers, Stanford University’s Mark Jacobson ... Continue Reading →
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Energy Update: Keystone is a Drop in the CO2 Bucket List

  This morning it was hard not to notice the coverage on Keystone in light of the Sunday protest by environmentalists on the Mall and in front of the White House in Washington, ... Continue Reading →