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

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Communication

Communication connectivity ties it together with “The Internet of Things

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Environment

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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With The Clean Power Plan, EPA Has Given Up On Cooperative Federalism

Originally posted in Forbes/Opinion 4 Mar 2015 | By Stephen Heins The idea of “cooperative federalism” began with the New Deal in the 1930s when it came to include a division of responsibilities among the states and the federal government agencies of electric power and distribution. By the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the EPA set the minimum standards for [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

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
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Thought Pieces

Al Gore’s Climate Sequel Misses a Few More Facts: Eleven years since first climate-change film, Al’s still trying to spend $17 trillion on doomsday!

Thought Piece If Soren Kierkegaard is right that "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," then I wish [...]

“Enemies of humanity”: Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death….

Thought Piece I often find myself realizing that I know some very articulate and worldly men and women. In the following, I simply cannot add [...]

2017 Bakken Oil Conference Begins Next Week, More Than 400 Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Bismarck, North Dakota, Center of Energy Universe.

Thought Piece [I am heading for the annual Bakken Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday. In 1880's, the State of Wisconsin developed [...]

“The Shale Revolution’s Staggering Impact in Just One Word: Plastics” Ah, Six Words: oil, natural gas & feedstock, carbon reduction–value streams

Thought Piece One of the most puzzling parts about any discussion about the Shale Revolution of the last decade is the short shrift [...]

“Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, property rights” by Jonathan Wood, in Investment Business Daily

Thought Piece [Thanks to Free Range Report for reprinting the Jonathon Wood piece from IBD.  Steve] Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, [...]

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 [...]