Four Years of Energy Lessons

The U.S. energy system is just like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Every piece has to be in place to look right. Some pieces are more important because they seem to hold others in place. All pieces need to be exact or the puzzle doesn’t work. That’s…

Solar Panels – Ask About End-of-Life Recycling

Solar panels have decades of life in them, so there is no immediate deluge of panels to recycle. 2050 is the year I have seen cited as when we will see lots of used panels to be managed. Even then, it is hard to say how technology could extend…

State Clean Energy Goals - Highlighting Indiana

Motivational gurus say one way to make a personal goal stick is to make it public. Tell someone so you are driven to make it happen. That is happening with state carbon-free energy goals. By year-end 2021, 31 states and the District of…

Energy Storage is on the Road in Michigan

Grid energy storage is a pivot point for renewables. I looked at that in a column a couple of days ago. I also have written columns that say state, not national, efforts can have the most meaningful impact on energy. Michigan is proving this…

There are Many Inflation Fronts in the Power Industry

“Inflation impacting electricity,” is the headline in one news outlet. Importantly, the news outlet was not a New York business publication, but a middle-of-the-country TV station. That shows that electric prices are catching people’s…

Battery Storage Transforms Solar and Wind Power

If you have not liked solar energy because the sun doesn’t always shine, or wind energy because the wind doesn’t always blow, you can put that concern aside. Battery technologies are advancing fast. Consider, phones and computers were…

What Happens to that Old Car?

With an emphasis on buying new electric vehicles or hybrids to reduce energy use, what about that old car of yours? What happens to it? The recycling rate of old vehicles is some 90%. Parts mostly recycled - tires, windshields, batteries,…

Nuclear Energy is about the 60’s - the 2060's

Nuclear energy is about the 60’s – the 2060's. I recall that from an energy roundtable in Charlotte. It was about a dozen years ago at a citizens’ forum about nuclear power. Young energy professionals said nuclear energy needs to be…

When It Comes to Energy, Will the Post Office Push the Envelope?

The U.S. Post Office has a financial problem, and, by the way, an energy problem. The USPS is “boxed in” you might say. The USPS problem can be a good lesson for the rest of us. The lesson: Decisions that affect energy aren’t purely…

Multi-state Energy Lessons Change Us

Recent columns here showed the energy wisdom in individual states – Indiana, Wyoming, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Montana, Iowa, Nebraska, for example. I was asked why these states had any place in a website called Energy Consumers…