RP Siegel

RP Siegel
RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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4 days 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Jusmeans) - Just when it seemed like solar was going gangbusters, with double-digit growth rates, studies showing that states could produce anywhere from 25-45% of their power from the sun, and overall growth in the five years starting 2010 of 418%, we get this news that SunEdision, one of the largest American producers, has gone bankrupt. Does this indicate that the solar boom is coming to a screeching halt? Or is this the story of one particular company whose fortunes have crashed and burned due to specific...

2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A group of movers and shakers met last week in Syracuse to describe the vision for the state’s energy economy at the Energy in the 21st Century Symposium. This year’s feature was The Electric Grid. This was particularly timely in the wake of the release of NY’s Renewable Energy Vision (REV), which calls for a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, (from 1990 levels), a 23% reduction in...

3 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Good news, bad news. The more we learn about the world around us, the more we can improve the models we use to plan and to set rational policy from. Right about the same time that Stanford researchers, looking at economics, found that the true social cost of carbon emissions is somewhere around six times higher than previously thought, other researchers at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were announcing a revised estimate of the ...

1 month 12 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - We recently wrote about the tug of war going on between distributed and centralized power generation. The front line of that battle appears to forming along the rooftops of those who own, or who would like to own, their own solar panels. For most of the 900,000 homeowners that currently have solar on their roofs, the decision behind those purchases was influenced by the fact that utilities were obligated to buy back excess power through a variety of net metering programs.

But now utilities, concerned not only...

1 month 3 days ago

(3BLMedia/Justmeans) - Even in the light of post-COP21 optimism, and a “can do” spirit, when it comes to our ability to forcefully respond to the global warming crisis there is a question that urgently needs to be answered as the solution to this massive problem unfolds at an accelerating pace.

Everyone likes renewables, but how do we like them: centralized or distributed? More to the point, what role do we see the utilities playing, as we move into a clean energy future? Will we become self-sufficient energy pioneers, with solar panels on our roofs and backup batteries in the basement, in a world where we won’t need...

1 month 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A new report by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) on the growth in renewable energy showed some remarkable accomplishments. For one thing, new investment in traditional coal and gas-fired power plants accounted for less than half the investment in solar wind, and other renewables. According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016, the annual global investment in new renewables capacity, reached $266 billion last year, while investments in coal and gas power stations weighed in at $130 billion. If...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - It was The Guardian that referred to the February temperature data just released by NASA as “shocking.” According to the data released, global mean temperatures rose 1.35°C above the established baseline of temperatures between the years 1951-1980. That smashes through the previous record established just a month earlier of a 1.15°C increase. What that...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Even as the Supreme Court remains deadlocked over the future of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the U.S. appears likely to achieve the CPP goals a full 14 years ahead of schedule. That’s according to a story by Daniel S. Cohan and Leah Y. Parks in The Hill. According to the authors, this early arrival will come courtesy of a combination of energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy.

Let’s take a look at the numbers. The CPP is looking for a 32% reduction in electric power generated...

2 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There are a number of strands in the sustainability story: different approaches, if you will, towards achieving a more sustainable economy. Among these are energy conservation, increased use of renewables, water conservation, and switching to more sustainable materials, such as those that can be grown rather than mined, fracked or drilled. Another is the movement towards zero waste.

When a company reduces the amount of material they send to a landfill, they save money on hauling, disposal and tipping fees. For many, that’s enough to get their interest. But...

2 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - If you type the words “Amazon sustainability” into Google, the first thing that comes up in the search is a link to books about sustainability that the online retail giant sells. The company sells books and lots of other things, online. It sells enough to fill 3.3 million boxes of various sizes and shapes each and every day. Amazon uses recycled cardboard to make those boxes, and makes reasonable efforts to make sure those boxes are shipped sustainably, but beyond that, the company, which has been an innovator in so many ways, is really behind the curve when it comes to...