Category Archives: Pondering

Energetic and sometimes lethargic musings about energy-related topics and events.

‘Live Free or Die’ for Energy Independence

June 26, 2017

Last Friday, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a monumental order: effective September 1, the state will lift its Net Metering cap. If you aren’t familiar with the ongoing saga of net metering in America you might be wondering, why is this so exciting? Net Metering is the policy under which the utilities…  Read the entire post »

Make Climate-Related Change Happen

June 15, 2017

America was founded by people standing up for what they believe in, and that characteristic continues to define us today. So even though there were many heavy hearts on June 1st when the President pulled America out of the Paris Climate Accord, there are reasons to be hopeful. State and city governments, private companies and…  Read the entire post »

More Proof Solar is Mainstream

May 4, 2017

Last week, I posted about my belief that solar is now mainstream in the popular consciousness, at least in New England and other parts of the country where the solar energy market is well established. Yesterday, we had another example supporting that theory. A gentleman called us to ask for a solar quote for his…  Read the entire post »

How Ductless Mini-Splits Beat Oil Heat, Even in a New England Winter

February 20, 2017

We get asked often about the performance of ductless mini-splits for heating in winter. Specifically, we are asked about their efficiency and how they compare to the more traditional forms of New England heating systems. With traditional heating sources like natural gas and oil, we burn a fossil fuel and capture the heat from combustion.…  Read the entire post »

Here’s to a Sunny, Solar-Filled 2017

January 18, 2017

Let’s face it — the mood around the country is unsettled to say the least. But there is much to be optimistic about, like the fact that the U.S. government extended the 30% federal tax credit on solar energy systems through 2019. And no matter what’s going on around you, you can always count on…  Read the entire post »

400 PPM. So what.

December 14, 2016

If you’ve been paying attention to non-election news, you may have heard that recently scientists measured carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in our atmosphere above 400 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. So what? When I started New England Clean Energy, I was also presenting for Al Gore. Gore had organized the…  Read the entire post »

Bottled Water and Garbage Patches

October 26, 2016

The New York Times has a great new quiz to help you gauge the impact of drinking bottled water. It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s important, so I encourage you to take it.     The quiz got me thinking about “garbage patches” or “gyres” — something I haven’t done in a while. I decided…  Read the entire post »