Improving Island Resiliency: Incorporating Microgrids as part of the RICANstruction Process.
America / Communications / Energy / Environment / Politics

Improving Island Resiliency: Incorporating Microgrids as part of the RICANstruction Process.

This might very well be the busiest year of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with two months left the Americas shudder at the thought of what next, who’s next, and when. Three major hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and most recently Maria—all made landfall roughly one week apart, and caused widespread devastation across several U.S. cities and total … Continue reading

Why Energy Efficiency is Key to Fulfilling the Paris Goals
Economy / Energy / Environment / Politics

Why Energy Efficiency is Key to Fulfilling the Paris Goals

Energy efficiency — the ugly ducking in an industry full of shiny solar panels and soaring wind turbines — may be the smart, business friendly path to mitigating climate shifts, regardless of political detours.  The Paris Agreement, the most drastic global climate action plan, officially entered into force in early November, confirming 94 countries’ pledges to … Continue reading

Energy is Not a Talking Point – It’s a Critical Resource
Energy / Politics / Presidency / Presidential Race 2016

Energy is Not a Talking Point – It’s a Critical Resource

One of the final questions of the second presidential debate was perhaps one of the more substantive policy questions asked throughout this chaotic election season. While the rest of the internet has focused on Ken Bone and his striking red sweater, the content of his question was equally striking: “What steps will your energy policy … Continue reading

Flawed Progress: The Iranian Nuclear Framework
Energy / Foreign Policy / Iran / Politics

Flawed Progress: The Iranian Nuclear Framework

The recent unveiling of a framework for future talks about Iran’s nuclear program has some hailing it as a great step towards an Iran without nuclear weapons, while others believe giving Iran any nuclear capability is a step in the wrong direction. While this framework represents significant progress, it does not go far enough in … Continue reading

Rooftop Solar Needs Sustainable Policies
Energy / Technology

Rooftop Solar Needs Sustainable Policies

The solar industry boasted huge job growth last year, mostly due to the increase in solar installations on homes and businesses. Rooftop solar is growing across the U.S., and so are confrontations between traditional utility providers and the solar industry. The controversy centers on net metering (the technical term that describes how large utility companies … Continue reading

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban
China / Energy / Politics

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban

With much of the current energy conversation surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, many Americans have forgotten, or may not even know, about another energy issue that might just be more important: the crude oil export ban. Since the 1970’s, the U.S. government has prohibited U.S. oil producers to export crude oil internationally in order to … Continue reading

Are We There Yet? A review of U.S. Natural Gas Exports
Energy / Trade

Are We There Yet? A review of U.S. Natural Gas Exports

A year ago, after the overthrow of Ukraine’s president and the ensuing crisis, industry leaders in the U.S. pushed to change regulations that prevent liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. If Ukraine had truly wanted to break free from Russian influence, it would have had to eliminate its dependence on Russian gas. However, during that critical … Continue reading