Editor’s Note: The ECOreport is pleased to present a unique article by Dr. Allan Hoffman, former senior executive at the Department of Energy, who served under five Presidents between 1978 and 2012, reviewing ECOreport partner, Robert Lundahl’s film, “Who Are My People?”
At the ECOreport, we have been aware that Lundahl’s film captures a key transition in the history of renewable energy, as concentrating solar, which had been developed in the US, began to return in the hands of international firms building large solar facilities in the Mojave desert.
Lundahl ventured to these remote locations to capture responses from Native American elders whose communities and tribal groups have had a connection to the land since time immemorial. The film is about resulting conflicts in values that define renewable energy in its current form, and provide a consultative view about how we implement these technologies today, and in the future.
“Who Are My People?” Is Well Worth Watching
By Dr. Allan Hoffman, Senior Analyst at U.S. Department of Energy (retired).
I was invited to review the documentary film “Who Are My People?” because of my professional familiarity with concentrating solar power technologies. I was responsible for the U.S. Department of Energy’s broad range of renewable energy electricity programs for several years during the Clinton Administration. “Who Are My People?” is well worth watching. Continue reading “Who Are My People?” Is Well Worth Watching→
A Field Poll released on February 24 revealed that Governor Jerry Brown continues to receive “strong approval” from California voters, but the same voters oppose his big government spending projects, including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the twin tunnels.
Eight million tonnes. That’s how much plastic we’re tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it’s enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.
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A female role model in a largely a male dominated industry
By Roy L Hales
Wendi Zubillaga frequently works 16 hour days when she’s on the road. Meals are business meetings. She might meet with one of her division presidents for breakfast at 7:30, have lunch with a customer and dinner with her sales staff and/or customers. Zubillaga does not have set hours or working days and is known to sleep with her phone at her side. If she’s not in New Orleans at the roofing show, she’s walking the job site with home builders convincing them to install solar as a standard feature and answering every question they could dream up. A colleague said, “All you have to do is see Wendi in action at trade shows and everything that comes with trade shows to see why she is so successful. ” That’s why PetersenDean promoted Wendi Zubillaga to Builder Group President.
Alec Guettel is back in North Carolina. It has been decades since he obtained his bachelor of arts in Political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guettel and another of Sungevity’s executives are staying at the local Mariott, while they oversee the company’s entrance into the state. They will also be attending the NC Clean Tech Summit, where Geuttel will be one of the key people in a panel discussion on February 20, 2015. He took my call in his hotel room. In the course of our interview, Guettel said, “we have really positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities.”
Ireland intends to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2020. This is an ambitious goal, considering most of this electricity comes from large scale wind farms. “The challenge is that it is an island grid, with only limited connection to the UK,” said Klaus Harder, Business Development Manager at FREQCON GmbH. Some winter nights the Irish grid will have to take 75% of its electricity from renewable sources. This calls for additional services and FREQCON deployed Ireland’s first combined ultracapacitor & battery energy storage facility for the Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed in South Dublin County.
It was 22 years ago that I made my way to the Elwha River, a river flowing north into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, across from Victoria, Canada. The area had been called “The Last Frontier,” and the “Spiritual Cousin of Southeast Alaska.” That is to say it is remote, intensely rural, and bounded by 75 miles of wilderness to the south in Olympic National Park. Continue reading My Elwha Story→
The President of Tanzannia announced the World’s largest offgrid project, put solar on One Million Tanzanian Rooftops. No organization has ever undertaken an offgrid project of this size before. The recipients are some of the 86% of the nation’s population whose primary source of light is currently kerosene lamps or candles.
If you have been following the price of oil over the last few months, the chances are you’re a little confused. On the one hand you have the likes of A. Gary Shilling who, in this Bloomberg article, loudly trumpets the prospect of oil at $10/Barrel, and on the other there is T. Boone Pickens, who, at the end of last year waspredicting a return to $100 within 12-18 months. Pickens prediction has moderated somewhat as WTI and Brent crude have continued to fall, but in January he was still saying that oil would return to $70 or $80/barrel in the near future. So, who is correct?