Better Place Has Gone to a Better Place

Bill at Better Place

We pulled over in Jutland for a coffee and a driver change, and lo and behold:  a defunct Better Place station.  I had not seen one of these.  As you may know, Better Place was a very ambitious plan to supply batteries, in a quick and easy swap – spent for fully recharged – which went out of business in May.  Being the cockeyed optimist I am, I take this as a sign of the burgeoning success of electric vehicles because the competition to the Better Place model was simply too much from “conventional” EVs.  (Actually, Tesla offers a battery swap option so there’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea.  It’s just that the execution from Better Place was poor.) Continue reading

The Earth’s Fire in Iceland

no coal fireWe came into Iceland yesterday morning and I saw this poster at the airport.  I thought it was great.  Today, after visiting Þingvellir National Park, we were driving back and came across this geothermal power station.  It’s nestled just below and off to the right from where I took this picture of the biggest lake in Iceland, Lake Þingvallavatn. Continue reading

American Library Association Review

acrl-choice_3I was pretty happy to learn of a glowing review of the book by the very well regarded American Library Association.  It appeared in a recent issue of Choice, a publication of the Association for College & Research Libraries, a division of the ALA.  What’s more, the reviewer, Dr. Kathleen E. Halvorsen, is a respected academic, natural resource policy wonk, and high-level researcher.  Here is her review: Continue reading

Unlimited Power

hywind postcardOne of the core messages I have tried in my writing and my teaching to convey is that the Big Lie from the energy special interests that want to see renewables fail is that wind, solar, geothermal and their cousins can’t get the job done.  Utter piffle!  Here are two examples of what Andrew Leonard called “Exajoules of Hope” several years back in referencing a seminal paper on the Potentials of Renewable Energy. Continue reading