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Solar’s Bright Green Future

Posted in Energy

Yesterday, I explained the power of exponential growth using this analogy of a lilly pond. Today, I’d like to consider a real world application where society might witness such growth: solar energy. Many people are pessimistic that because solar energy only creates one-tenth of one percent of our electrical output today that it will always…


The Greener Pastures of Unlearning

Posted in Agriculture, Education, Energy, Problems into Opportunities

In yet another example of turning a problem into an opportunity, developers in New Jersey have used fallow land to install a large solar farm on Rutger's Livingston campus. To date, the solar farm has reduced the university's electricity bill by $235,000 and, better yet, earned it $1.4 million in clean energy credits. Related Post…


Cool It With the New Questions

Posted in Energy, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

One of my preferred unlearning strategies is to ask a new question. To this end, I recently came across this interesting interview with Nathan Myhrvold. When the topic came to global climate change, he posed this interesting question: Can we cool earth off? He went on to add:  The answer to that, surprisingly, is yes. And…


Power to the People

Posted in Energy

I’m in Eugene, Oregon today to give the keynote presentation at the conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Eugene Water and Electricity Board. The gist of my message is that as impressive as progress has been in the past century it will pale in comparison to what is coming in the next two decades….


Unlearning the Grid

Posted in Construction, Energy, General, Manufacturing, Speaking, Transportation, Wind Power

I'm in Eugene, Oregon today to give the keynote presentation at the conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Eugene Water and Electricity Board. The gist of my message is that as impressive as progress has been in the past century it will pale in comparison to what is coming in the next two decades….


Underground Unlearning

Posted in Assumptions, Energy, General, Metaphor, Quiz, Science, See What Isn't There, Wisdom

"Clearly there is a lot going on deep in the Earth that is completely unknown to science." So concludes this fascinating article in The Economist on, of all things, carbon. Did you know, for example, that although carbon is critical to life on earth the scientific community has no idea of how much of the…


Pennies from Heaven & the Future of the Utility Industry

Posted in Energy

Tomorrow, I will be giving a keynote presentation to Missouri River Energy Services entitled “Leading in an Era of Exponential Change: How to Jump the Curve to a Smarter Future.” There are a number of reasons why the utility industry must change but I’d like to provide just one: Companies such as SunEdison are now…


A Futurist’s Take on the Utility Industry

Posted in Energy

I’m in Anaheim, CA today to deliver the opening keynote at the American Public Power Association’s annual meeting. As I discussed the other day, I like to use historical analogies to help my clients understand the future. One analogy I am going to ask this particular audience of electric utility executives to keep in mind…


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