Tag Archives: Renewable Energy

Efficiency, Renewables, and Storage: The New Triple Bottom Line

Today, I attended an informative webinar on the combination of solar and storage, hosted by Renewable Energy World and presented by a team from DNV GL. The presentation clearly outlined the broad range of ways in which renewables (in this … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy World Europe 2012: Leadership on RE at the Speed of Light

Being in Cologne, Germany in June for the Renewable Energy World Europe 2012 conference was an awe inspiring experience. Check out my paper on RE policy, slides, and video clips from the conference. With this kind of leadership at home and across the pond, we are bound to make headway in the most important challenges we face regarding energy production and use. Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Help a Woman Access Some Energy

March 8, 2012 is International Women’s Day. It’s a great time to think about the great things we see women do, the great things we see women and men do together, and how we can bring greater equality to the world. I’m thinking particularly about equality of energy access. I’m grateful that I live in a world of relative equality, and that I can close out much of the brutal inequality between genders that remains. But, I allow myself to see enough to know that I have to act, every day, to keep the tide moving forward: for women in the U.S. and around the globe. With that in mind, I’ll go haul some wood to heat my home: in homage to the women who do it every day just to feed their families. Oh, and in May I’ll host a couple of forums on the topic, too. Continue reading

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Performance-Based Incentives: The New Face of Residential Solar

In March of 2011, the Xcel Energy incentives for residential solar PV buyers, shifting from an up-front incentive (UFI) to a performance-based incentive (PBI) that pays the owner based on how much electricity is actually produced. There are a variety of reasons for that change, not the least of which was cash flow concerns for Xcel. So, what does that mean for the residential PV buyer? The answer depends on when you buy and how much you pay… as well as how much Xcel charges for electricity in the future. Continue reading

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Of Leadership on the Edge: Leslie’s 2011 GEM Commencement Address

In December of 2011, I was humbled by my UCD Cohort IV peers: they asked me to deliver our commencement address. They also came through when I asked them for their parting thoughts. Here is the video of the presentation: a compilation of ideas from a group of very smart folks, and my particular call to leadership. Continue reading

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Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap Launches

The Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap launched today. With a model for steady and impressive growth in installed capacity, revenues and jobs over the next 40 years, its worth checking out this document. Clearly, solar thermal deserves a place in Colorado’s energy portfolio, with our world class solar thermal performance. Look to see what could be coming our way. Continue reading

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What Paybacks and Costs are CO PV Consumers Really Facing?

Changes to Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program earlier this year left many consumers and installers wondering whether residential solar installations still made sense in Colorado. While the final installation cost per Watt of system has increased slightly due to these changes, market factors and the new incentive structure still make solar PV a sound investment for some consumers. And, new options are opening access to solar generation to a wider market of customers. Continue reading

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If You Say It, Will They Come?

Vice President Biden made the case for the Obama administration that the U.S. will lead the clean energy charge—again. If the administration says it enough times, will it come true? Sure! George Bush did the same the with the economy in 2000, and it worked. Only this time, the strategy is founded on something much, much more real. Continue reading

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Smart grid and renewable energy

Smart grid is an essential part of getting large amounts of distributed generation (DG) on the electricity grid. The grid as it is doesn’t have unlimited capacity to have distributed generation added to it. If the grid is upgraded, which … Continue reading

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The Smart Grid and Information Management

The “Smart Grid” is a much needed upgrade to the electricity grid. In the US, this upgrade has become a multi-billion dollar space that many companies are jumping into with both feet, both old (like Schneider electric, Cisco, IBM to … Continue reading

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