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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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It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I recommend Stephen Heins as a hard working researcher and gifted writer. While I have known Stephen for only about six months, I’ve read many of his works and have been engaged in numerous great discussions with him on matters involving energy, the environment and the internet.  Read More

David C Egelson

I am pleased to recommend Stephen Heins as a researcher and writer.  As a former commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission and current senior administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, I am most familiar with Mr. Heins’ work in the energy field. Read More

Larry Brenner

I’ve known Steve Heins for at least 5 years and can say without a doubt that he a gentleman of the first order: always professional and always respectful, even if he disagrees with your perspective. Read More

Ken Silverstein, Editor - Environmental Leader; Writer - Forbes

Heins believes he has the answer to most questions, but even when he does not, he is never in doubt and expresses his position with clarity and humor.  He attracts his audience with an attention getting device, engages it with thoughtful comments and examples… Read More

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Featured Articles

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

Energy efficiency and the spectre of free-ridership: is a kilowatt saved really a kilowatt saved?

1 Feb 2006 | by Stephen Heins Applying a "best practices" analysis to the sacred cow of "free-ridership" as it relates to public benefits and utility energy-efficiency programs yields some important results. This analysis is all the more important, because energy efficiency with a measurement, verification, and sustainability protocol is emerging as the single best investment option for economic development [...]

By | February 1st, 2006|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Free All Wisconsin Utilities to Make Money Helping Customers Save Energy

Originally posted by Energy Central December 20, 2005 | By Stephen Heins Why does Wisconsin continue to reward electrical consumption, generation and marginally competitive solutions in an era when we are in a major construction phase for new power plants and transmission infrastructure? Yes, construction of new power plants and transmission lines may be inevitable, but appropriate deployment of energy [...]

By | December 26th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments
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Despite What You’ve Heard, Global Warming Isn’t Making Weather More Extreme

Thought Piece Thanks to the harvesting of indisputable data, Roger Pielke, Jr. has once again poked a huge hole in the mythology of [...]

Climate-Change Policies Can Be Punishing for the Poor

Thought Piece Let us hope that discussions about global warming can be more like the debates between those two brothers than between those [...]

Health and Well-ness: Analysis of Key Public Health Indicators in Six of the Most Heavily Drilled Marcellus Shale Counties in Pennsylvania

Thought Piece I continue to be disappointed with the state of environmental reporting in the U.S. If a study conforms to the climate [...]

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

Thought Piece After all of the histrionics from the environmental doomsday machine, I think that Paul adds a real world perspective during the [...]

‘Junk science’? Studies behind Obama regulations under fire

Thought Piece As I said before, many in the environmental community don't understand that the previous EPA administration lacked any skill or inclination [...]

California’s Political Fires

Thought Piece A strong wind blows embers from smoldering trees at the Thomas Fire in Montecito, California, Dec. 16. PHOTO: DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES While California [...]

Time to get off the gravy train

Thought Piece Greg Walcher discusses the longstanding practice of suing and settling with the EPA. One could say it was a downright anti-transparency [...]

REPORT: METHANE EMISSIONS CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN TOP OIL AND GAS BASINS

Thought Piece In lieu of a few anecdotes and under-researching, here is an excellent, nonpartisan report on methane emissions in total and by [...]