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Clean energy and energy production are at the forefront of Steve’s attention.

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Steve tackles relevant environmental issues like fracking and climate change.

Always precise, never pedantic.

In a highly divided and partisan world, it is my intent to provide an even handed view of the rapidly converging worlds of energy, technology and broadband.

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Practical Environmentalism In The Noisy World Of Energy

Originally posted in Forbes/Opinion 23 Dec 2014 | By Stephen Heins The world of energy (oil, pipelines, OPEC, fracking, gasoline prices, peak oil, tar sands and natural gas, to mention the most overly discussed) has entered a new phase, while reasserting its place in the world headlines. In the meantime, another very important American energy story—electricity for the present and future of America [...]

By | December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

State Moves Into Top 10 in Energy Efficiency

Embed from Getty Images 14 Oct 2008 | by Stephen Heins In an October report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the state of Wisconsin moved into the top 10 on the "2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard." In addition, Wisconsin should further improve its ranking now that the Citizens Utility Board and Wisconsin Public Service Corp., a [...]

By | October 14th, 2008|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Energy Efficiency and Emission Trading Schemes (2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency at Asilomar)

26 May 2008 | by Steve Heins, Orion Energy Systems ABSTRACT  Properly designing a greenhouse gas commodity market to trade allowances or offsets presents a serious challenge to policy makers, commodity brokers and sectors that are affected by the cost and profit potential that a market brings. In order for any commodity market to be successful, the market must have [...]

By | May 26th, 2008|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Decoupling: Divorcing Electricity Sales from Revenues Creates Win-Win for Utilities and Customers

Originally published © 2007 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry   27 May 2007 | by Stephen Heins and Joel Sandersen, Orion Energy Systems ABSTRACT Current regulatory mechanisms have created incentive structures that discourage utilities from implementing energy efficiency, demand side management and other load reducing programs for their customers. These disincentives are driven by the existing regulatory linkage [...]

By | May 27th, 2007|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Sobering News Requires Immediate Action

13 May 2007 | by Stephen Heins A report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued earlier this month provides a sobering assessment of the impact global warming could have on the climate and has prompted government officials, environmentalists, and even some of the most skeptical conservatives to sit up and take notice. The question on [...]

By | May 13th, 2007|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Let’s Shine a Light on Energy Efficiency While We Argue About Oil

Originally posted by Energy Central March 22, 2006 | By Stephen Heins We applaud the leadership of Senator Rob Cowles and Assemblyperson Phil Montgomery as they have marshaled the recommendations of Gov. Doyle's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables into a very robust energy bill, with a portfolio of short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions designed to slow the need [...]

By | March 22nd, 2006|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Thought Pieces

Lessons of the Energy Export Boom: this dominance was achieved by private U.S. investment, innovation and trade—not Washington central planning.

Thought Piece Since 2009,  the U.S. hydraulic fracturing revolution has caused America to become the world’s top natural gas producer passing Russia, and the top producer [...]

RURAL AMERICA IS STRANDED IN THE DIAL-UP AGE: Wireless Broadband can be the great uniter of city and country.

Thought Piece High costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy By Jennifer [...]

GE-Baker Hughes: Some call deal unprecedented; others see competitive nuisance: Combination of big data and new energy technology a game changer, IOT!

Thought Piece This new energy and electricity powerhouse, GE-Baker Hughes, will become the first "full-stream" service company (upstream exploration and production--midstream transportation--and downstream refining and [...]

Cleaning Up the Superfund Mess: But Superfund delays aren’t the result of insufficient funds: Still 1,336 Superfund sites on the EPA’s Priorities List

Thought Piece It is time to put symbolic and political gestures in their proper perspective, especially as there are still 1,336 Superfund sites [...]

‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, a bureaucracy’s best friend

Thought Piece ‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, June 6, 2017 Before I [...]

“Trump Skips Climate Church”: Only when technology can meet mankind’s energy demand at competitive cost will low-carbon energy prevail.

Thought Piece Without the powerful forces of the Internet of Things, the Paris Agreement will remain a voluntary accord, with many unreliable countries [...]

Environmental Leader Gina McCarthy Joins Pegasus Capital as Operating Advisor: Even After Her Appointment, She Used Environmental Alarmist Rhetoric

Thought Piece On June 1, 20017, there was a Business Wire news release that caught my attention. Former U.S. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy [...]

“The Struggle Behind Oil’s Ups and Downs”: The industry has been recalibrated to a lower price level.

Thought Piece [Daniel Yergin has been one of the most reliable voices of world energy experts and writers for the last 40 years. His intellectual credentials would make a mortal [...]