Editorial Work: Articles

Many of the most important stories of our times have little to do with products, programs or organizations. And poor storytelling is one of the main reasons our society can't agree on even the most basic aspects of Global Climate Change and the Smart Energy solutions that are becoming available. When I have time (or in the rare cases where funding is available), these are the stories I pursue.

Making the seemingly complex, not just accessible, but inviting is what I try to do in all of my work.

 

Solar Today, January 2012

This is the electronic version of the printed version of the previous online version of this article (edited to fit the 1-page format).[The world of publishing is very interesting these days!]

Solar Today Cover  

Solar Today (electronic special), November 2011

I visited Fukushima and Tokyo at the end of the summer -- about 1 week after the hottest day this year, and the peak summer electrical load. It was an inspiring trip. In Fukushima, I met a mother of two who told be about the topsoil of her children's playground being replaced. I also met a Kyocera factory manager there who showed me their new 250KW solar array and smart-grid controller that help them avoid rolling blackouts -- even when a cloud comes over head. Many more stories. This article is the first in a series of 3. Standby for more!

 

Solar Today, June 2011

"Will Japan Pioneer the Smart Grid?" This is the first in a series of articles about Post-Nuclear Japan. Learning from Japan as it recovers from the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown of March 11, 2011.

It is my belief that Japan will rebuild its damaged energy infrastructure pioneering a combination of Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Technology. This may prove to be far cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable than their traditional grid. I will be traveling to Japan several times over the next few years to follow this story.

 

Solar 2011 Conference Coverage

I've been covering the American Solar Energy Society's annual conference every year since Solar 2006 in Denver. This year I went to Solar 2011 in Raleigh, NC.

The most exciting thing was seeing so many young students that were totally jazzed about solar and to be at the conference.

Here's a 60-second video I put together to show some of this energy.

 

Solar Today Cover

 

Solar Today, July-August 2010

Living in Fort Collins has a lot of beer advantages. Being able to bike to (and more importantly, bike back from) the New Belgium Brewery's tasting room is one of them.

When the Solar Today editors asked me to write and photograph a cover piece about New Belgium's sustainability director Jenn Orgolini, there was no way I could say No.

 

 

Solar Today, May 2010

"A Feed-in Frenzy?"

In this Viewpoint piece, I argue that, while Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) are very powerful mechanisms to fund renewable energy projects, they do not form a useful basis for policy nor a substitute for public enthusiasm.

A campaign for the adoption of a FiT could success, but result in a useless policy with virtually no increase in solar energy. In the end it is about the public's will to invest in the future. That's what really worked in Germany.

Better would be a goal of having 20% of our electricity be generated on our rooftops by, say, 2025. And a FiT would be a fine way to distribute public investment to achieve such a goal.

 

Solar Today, March-April 2008 (cover too -- see below)

I'm really excited about this issue of Solar Today. I set off to write an article about how rejoining the Kyoto Protocol process would be a huge benefit to US businesses; I wound up writing about why any carbon reduction mechanism based on the "biggest bang for the buck" is almost certain to result in bad investments.

China and the rest of the world(including the US) are building new coal power plants at an alarming rate, while much of our greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction investments are doing virtually nothing to reduce energy demand that lead to coal plants.

The editors at Solar Today were awesome in guiding me - and in making the cover look so beautiful.

 

Solar Today, November 2005

In this article, I explore how the use of wood-as-fuel is changing and may become mainstream in some places.

Austria uses wood for more than 20% of their entire energy supply!

 

Solar Today, January 2005

In this article, I describe some of the cool things going on in the Japanese new-energy market -- and why excitement and buzz matter!

While the US has been whining about debating the merits of climate change, the Japanese have embraced the idea and are having fun and making lots of money with cool, low-carbon products.