Chad Blevins holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with Highest Honors from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, TX. He is a proud Air Force Reservist that was recognized as an Honor Graduate after completing “boot-camp” at age 31. He went on to train as an Engineering Apprentice and achieved the level of Distinguished Graduate, while also serving as the top student leader for a Detachment of over 200 Airmen. Every day, Chad strives to live by the Air Force Core Values: Integrity First | Service Before Self | Excellence in All We Do Chad is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and also holds a Certificate in Energy Technology & Policy from the University of Texas.
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SolarIndustryMag.com: Content / New & Noteworthy / Big-Name Investment Marks Pivotal New Era For U.S. Solar Projects
by Lori Lovely on Thursday 15 March 2012
Although corporate investment in solar is nothing new, an influx of investment attached to high-profile names – such as Warren Buffett and Google – is now taking place as the solar sector matures.“High-profile investment lends credibility, but the increased level of investment is due to many factors, such as the federal tax credit, state solar support programs with set-asides that mandate solar renewable energy credits and more funding support,” says Lewis Milford, president of advocacy organization Clean Energy Group.
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This is one of my MUST READS.
by Sheridan Titman on March 22, 2011
Written in conjunction with Malcolm Wardlaw
As I mentioned in my earlier posts on crude price divergence, the market’s view of the Gulf oil spill post-event and future oil prices, futures prices provide “forecasts” of future oil and gas prices. However, people in the industry tend to misunderstand the relation between futures prices and the prices that are expected to be realized in the future, and perhaps because of this, they tend to be somewhat critical about the accuracy of those More >
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- Over 30% of More >
All, Setting the conclusions of this report aside, it is worth checking out because it provides a thorough historical review regarding the development of the ERCOT system. Also – there are quite a few statistics cited in the report (with 378 citations listed in the appendices). So, it could be useful for chasing down some data.
Going back to the conclusions – they are a tad controversial. What do you all think? Do you think that the report adequately accounts for the differences in generation mix between states, the impact of natural gas prices, or the fact that non-competitive (muni and More >
I just love this acronym, which is new to me. Secondly, using GIS with DIMPs is an idea that is obvious and will be increasingly part of the utility space. Not that utilities have failed to integrate some geographical information into their operating systems, but that there is still a lot of room for improvement.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It is what led me to buy the smartpowermaps.com domain back in 09 (not that I’ve done anything with it… just part of my domain prospecting for future use habit).
Anyhow, there is an upcoming free webinar from ESRI More >
Xtreme Power and Xcel Energy Partner With SolarTAC on Utility-Scale “Solar-to-Battery” Distribution Project
Dynamic Power Resource™ to be installed at nation’s largest solar technology testing facility
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Xtreme Power Inc., provider of Dynamic Power Resources™ (DPRs) for utility-scale energy storage, and Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) today announced a partnership to install a 1 megawatt (MW) system to collect operational data on the integration of energy storage and solar energy systems at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC).
“Taking part in the SolarTAC project with Xcel Energy affords us an opportunity to work alongside one of the most progressive utilities in the industry”
SolarTAC is a private facility in Aurora, Colo. that serves as a solar More >
An important subset of DG: portable power
Distributed power generation (DG) has been a hot topic recently. With growing concerns over utility grid capacity and reliability, the role of point-of-use power generation technologies is increasingly important. While definitions of what comprises DG vary based on location, size, grid connectivity, and other factors, one consistent defining characteristic of DG is that it is power generation that is not centrally controlled by utility companies.
Point-of-use for local sustainability
When power is generated locally, at or near the point-of-use, the end user is less dependent More >
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will host a Webinar on Wednesday, November 17, titled State of the States: Quantifying the Impact of State Policies on Clean Energy Development.
At this Webinar, you will hear about the State of the States project at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which looks at the growth of clean energy development that coincides with the implementation of specific state policies. The analysis is carried out from the point of view of policy makers and researchers, but More >