The Tipping Point is Here: Death to zombie power and rise of clean energy

Optimism, opportunity and options are propelling us into a renewable future where fossil fuels are more easily marginalized in the energy mix. But as we learned in part one of this post, from Marty McFly in Back to the Future, getting there takes focused perseverance against the clock. Just as Doc was able to harness […]

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Three Trends Threaten Renewable Energy: Why Marty McFly demonstrates the opposite

There are three worrying trends emerging in the renewable energy sector identified in three separate reports on the energy sector: 1) “at the global level, investments and productivity growth rates are still historically low;”[1] 2) A decline of business investing into green energy R&D activities;[2] and 3) Stagnation and decline of investments into electricity networks, […]

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New Podcast, Energy and Innovation!

Wow. Today we’re launching (with the help of CEU and Ian Cook) a podcast called Energy and Innovation! So please take a listen. There’s some great guests and of course, great content. I thought it would be a modest extension of the blog in a new format. But things are a bit more complicated than […]

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Confronting Energy Poverty: An interview with Professor Stefan Bouzarovski

This is a short summary of an interview I conducted with Professor Stefan Bouzarovski, for the Energy and Innovation Podcast, with the first episode to be released on Friday, September 21, 2018 update: The episode can be found here. Or on iTunes. Autumn is approaching. The nights are getting colder and for homeowners in the […]

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Put People First: Linking human development and energy innovation

There’s a century old quote of physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Ostwald that succinctly captures the link between innovation and energy. “If it were possible to invent a transformer that would yield only a few per cent more, that would bring the working classes more relief than all the welfare institutions in the world.”[i] This […]

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Misdirected US Sanctions for Nord Stream 2: Empower European consumers instead

The US is getting ready to impose sanctions on Russia and companies building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, running between Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea. According to the Wall Street Journal, the US is aiming sanctions against firms and banks building and financing the construction. This would affect European based firms as well. […]

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Our Relation to Energy: Why study energy systems?

Energy can range from the excitement we feel zipping down a slide to the steam billowing from a coal fired power plant. We all have a different intimate experience with energy. For the mechanical engineer, how a car engine works is just as important as a sociologist studying how people are affected by the influx […]

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