If you were interested, you could probably go to a conference discussing some aspect of the energy business every single day of the year. From huge halls to intimate boardrooms, the complexity and scale of the energy business makes meeting with competitors, partners and stakeholders compulsory.
While events continue throughout the year, there are two “rush” seasons when energy executives spend as much time in the air as on the ground. Starting in late January, financiers and policy experts seeking to firm up budget and regulatory priorities for the year ahead begin gathering in warm-weather destinations to discuss terms and seal deals. Keep reading →
Late last year, Dr. Lon Bell retired as chief technology officer of Amerigon, but the only energy he seems unable to save is his own. He has recently started as strategic and technical advisor to thermoelectrics startup Alphabet Energy.
An industry pioneer, Bell founded Amerigon in 1991, and the company developed and commercialized the world’s first thermoelectric-based cooled and heated seat. Keep reading →
A long-time veteran of the renewable energy business–with experience in both the biofuel and CSP sectors–David Field currently works as President & CEO of OneRoof Energy.
He visited the Breaking Energy office recently to discuss OneRoof Energy’s recently announced residential rooftop solar leasing program and his views on the distributed generation (DG) electrical generation markets, the solar industry and financial trends in the industry relating to tax breaks and renewable energy credits. Keep reading →
The real question with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is asked in this podcast: How did it go so wrong?
The Northeastern US carbon dioxide trading system was proposed in 2003, less than a decade ago but a lifecycle ago in climate change politics. At the time, dealing with global warming was a top priority, and Republicans were seeking market solutions to what was perceived as a huge threat. Keep reading →
In tight economic times, energy firms are helping customers find creative ways to pay for installations that can save them money over the long run.
Metrus Energy develops and finances energy efficiency retrofits at commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Keep reading →
Advantix Systems has its origins in a company established in the 1980s in Israel by three brothers who wanted to build an ice rink. Their quest to keep ice cool led the company to the development of a liquid desiccant based on salt water from the Dead Sea that removes humidity from the air.
Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems account for around 30% of electricity used in US homes. Advantix claims its systems reduce energy demand by 35%-50%. Keep reading →
President Obama launched the SunShot Initiative in his State of the Union Address this year, inspired by President Kennedy’s moonshot program. Its ultimate aim is to drive down the costs of installed solar systems to a dollar a watt.
Ramamoorthy Ramesh is the Director of the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and Solar Energy Technologies Program. He is a self-confessed “tech jock” on a mission to achieve the dollar-a-watt goal, which would mean a 75% reduction from today’s prices. Keep reading →
With natural gas prices the determining factor in a wide and growing array of energy industry decisions, the reliability of the massive expansion in reserve availability estimates is increasingly under review.
Searching for natural gas deposits has become increasingly sophisticated, with satellites and seismic testing that searches underground in ways that old-fashioned wildcatters could only dream of. The estimates are still extraordinarily sketchy, however, with more than a quarter of current reserve forecasts still characterized as “speculative” by the science heavy-weights sitting on the Potential Gas Committee. Keep reading →
At the end of last week’s American Public Power Association (APPA) annual conference in Washington, DC, which drew over 1,500 registrants, Breaking Energy’s Margaret Ryan spoke with APPA’s President and CEO, Mark Crisson.
He spoke candidly about some of the greatest challenges facing power companies, including increasing EPA regulations that may force drastic changes in the coal industry, challenges in developing new infrastructure and the constraints of restructuring power markets in RTO regions. Keep reading →
At the recent REFF Wall Street conference COO of meteocontrol Ben Compton told AOL Energy that he was hoping to expand the company’s American presence.
Today, the largely European-based company officially announced that it would be entering the American market in full force. Keep reading →