Renewable Energy


RP Siegel

Maryland Next in Line to Develop Offshore Wind Resources

Recently, the Interior Department (DOI) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced their third auction for offshore wind projects, this time off the cost of Maryland. The area for sale spans roughly 80,000 acres about 10-30 miles offshore from Ocean City with the potential of 850 to 1,450 MW of wind power capacity, […]

RP Siegel

Fuel Cell Vehicles Are On Their Way

Hydrogen-fueled cars are taking another step away from being cars of the future, inching towards a present day that might soon arrive. Just last month, three manufacturers exhibited fuel-cell powered cars at both the LA and Tokyo Auto Shows. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai all unveiled new fuel-cell vehicles (FCV). John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai […]

Dan Reed

An Apology to Boone Pickens: Sorry, Your Plan Never Had a Chance

So there I was, riding along at 675 mph on a Gulfstream G550 at 30,000 feet, sipping on a Diet Coke and eating Cheez-its, when Boone Pickens leans over and asks me, “What do you think my plan’s chances are in D.C.?” True story. It was July 2009, and legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens had […]

Dan Reed

Europe Suffers Under Kyoto Treaties. Many Would Love for U.S. to Follow.

If you like the higher premiums and deductibles that many astonished Americans are discovering come with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. Obamacare – you’ll absolutely love your power bill if/when the Obama Administration’s Europe-inspired energy policies ever take effect.

Dan Reed

U.S. Still Intoxicated by Magic Elixir Ethanol Policy

Beware the traveling salesman selling magic elixir from the trunk of his car. Congress should have taken heed of that back in 2007 before they passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. Among other things, the EISA sent the nation’s corn farmers on an unprecedented and environmentally dubious planting binge. It also enticed some big […]

RP Siegel

Big Oil Fights Obsolescence on Multiple Fronts

Let’s make no bones about it: The fossil fuel industry recognizes that major forces at play – namely the onset and rapid deployment of renewable and other alternative energy sources – pose an existential threat. This enormously powerful industry is using all the weapons at its disposal and battling on several fronts.

RP Siegel

Domestic Fuel Boom Could Become a Bursting Bubble

When you have a hot product that people are buying lots of, you want to try and sell as much as you can while the getting is good. That is clearly the case with natural gas right now, which at historically low prices is enjoying unprecedented success. No wonder then that suppliers are trying to […]

Dan Reed

In Burying the Lead, United Nations Reveals True Agenda

A beloved and respected college professor in the late 1970s, who had split his time in the 1960s between covering the civil rights movement in the South and the Lyndon Johnson Whitehouse for the New York Times, regularly warned all of us would-be journalists against the devices of “all-knowing, all-seeing, but unseen editors in their […]

RP Siegel

Flow Batteries Overcome Hurdles in Utility Scale Storage Race

Clearly, as we make our way towards a renewable energy future in which we’ll be taking advantage of these free inexhaustible sources, we’ll need to solve the energy storage problem with a cost effective solution. It’s anybody’s guess at this point as to which horse will win that race. The finish line, at least for […]

RP Siegel

World’s Largest Nuclear Utility Pulls Out of U.S. Market

We’ve all heard that “money talks” and “actions speak louder than words.” So when big money takes action regarding future investments, we are wise to pay attention. That exactly what happened recently when the French utility giant EDF decided to divest its share in the three American nuclear power plants owned by its Constellation Energy […]