Strange reporting in solar market
December 07, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
I collect a lot of information from the Internet about sustainability issues including the photovoltaic market (PV), geothermal energy, wind power, carbon offsets, and more. Generally the articles I find are well written by experts and there’s a high degree of transparency in the coverage. But the latest crop of...
Aston Martin’s first electric car
December 06, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
In case you were wondering about the viability of the electric car market, you can relax. Aston Martin, the venerable carmaker which has been in the business of making high end luxury cars for over a century, today announced the RapideE a pure electric take on its road-eating 12-cylinder gas...
Age of Sustainability dawning
December 04, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
This is a tiny roundup of positive eco news happening now. Lots more to discover if you want it. What’s different about this than the stale argument about what causes climate change and whether or not humans bear some responsibility for the mess is this: All of this news is...
Free market round up, November 29, 2017
November 30, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Greenfield (MA) Recorder Local farms receive energy grants Statewide 38 farms share $908,259 in state renewable energy and energy efficiency grants mostly for solar energy projects. In all the projects will save $200,000 per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 660 tons annually. PowerEngineering.com Aera, GlassPoint Plan 876.5-MW...
The new energy paradigm
November 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
One of the more interesting free market responses to climate change has been a reexamination of how we distribute energy. Generally the fossil fuel paradigm is a vertically integrated network of miners and oil producers, retailers and utilities. But we’re moving to a distributed paradigm of energy development and consumption...
November 20, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Everyday I receive automated search results for the term geothermal. It’s a rather geeky idea that few people bother with but it is also the stealth candidate for disruptive innovation in the 21st century in my humble opinion. Briefly, geothermal is about capturing heat from the earth’s crust, condensing it,...
Bloomberg, Brown offer climate hope
November 14, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
The climate issue is really a mashup. One issue involves getting energy from renewable non-carbon sources, another calls for removing carbon from the environment not just limiting emissions. There’s a good deal to be hopeful for in the climate discussion though it will be important to keep the train on...
Why you should read “The Age of Sustainability”
November 13, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
My book, “The Age of Sustainability” takes on a big topic, not just climate change but all of the factors that make it a big economic challenge as well. There’s also a lurking and not often explored issue of Peak Oil and the reality that our oil reserves are dwindling....
Branson’s Learning Curve, Virgin Earth Challenge
November 09, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
This is the first of four posts in a series. [caption id="attachment_676" align="alignright" width="404"] Some Virgin companies[/caption] Richard Branson is a self-described business newbie, a virgin, which reflects two things about him. First, he is often the first person into a category where there are no role models. Second, this...
Richard Branson’s Learning Curve Part 4
November 06, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Richard Branson's Learning Curve, part 4. Transforming climate change from an acute to a chronic problem provides a better frame of reference and more options. [caption id="attachment_673" align="alignright" width="546"] The difference between an acute problem (red) and a chronic one (blue).[/caption] Transforming a stubborn problem from an acute emergency to...