Posts By Stephen Heins


Posted on: March 6, 2007
A new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued two weeks ago 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 ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted on: September 29, 2006
With the August headlines reading “U.S. breaks the all-time weekly demand record for electricity during national heat wave” still ringing in our ears, it is an appropriate time to revisit a core problem of the regulated utility as a business: a systemic conflict of interest. Currently, what is good for ... more...
Filed under: Industry Structure
Posted on: September 6, 2006
I believe that global energy efficiency is the bridge between economic development and the environment. This is especially true when trying to discern the shape of the energy, environmental and economic future. The European Union seems to agree. In December 2005, the European Parliament and the Council of the European ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: March 22, 2006
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 for new ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: December 20, 2005
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 efficiency could ... more...
Filed under: Industry Structure
Posted on: November 15, 2005
We applaud the very positive features of the new Energy Bill proposed by Representative Phil Montgomery and Senator Rob Cowles. With the upward pressure on energy costs for both oil and electricity, the timing of the new bill could not be better. This is especially true now that the costs ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: October 28, 2005
In spite of advice to the contrary, I have decided to apply a “best practices” analysis to the sacred cow of “free-ridership” as it relates to public benefits and utility energy efficiency programs. This analysis is all the more important, because energy efficiency- with a measurement, verification and sustainability protocol- ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: September 19, 2005
Now that California is in the last stages of adopting its Energy Action Plan II, it is an opportune time to discuss the comprehensive solutions being enacted there. First and foremost, California has been able to conduct a thorough discussion of energy policy and legislation without sounding like a house ... more...
Filed under: Industry Structure
Posted on: August 30, 2005
Now that the dust has started to settle on Nevada’s Assembly Bill 03, which was signed into law by Governor Kenny Guinn on June 17, 2005, I would like to review its most forward-looking provisions. This then is another article about “best practices” for utilities, energy legislation, state energy regulation ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted on: August 8, 2005
The most recent Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) decision on July 20, 2005, must be considered an important ruling for the future of energy policy in Wisconsin. With this decision, Wisconsin became the first state in the U.S. to take the bold step of recognizing utility investments in energy efficiency ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency

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