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 years 1 month ago

(3BL Media - Justmeans) - One year after the 2015 Creator Space Summit and just at the beginning of this year’s hurricane season, BASF, the conveners of the event, have issued a white paper, putting forward a selection of solutions developed during the design collaborative event aimed at responding to challenges faced by coastal urban neighborhoods in an era of rising temperatures and sea levels. The 2015 event took place in New York City with similar events in Mumbai, Shanghai, São Paulo, Barcelona and Ludwigshafen. The global initiative marked BASF’s 150th anniversary.

Given the importance of the company’s role in the construction industry, they...

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A lot of people have said that switching from fossil fuels to renewables would hurt the economy. They said it would raise energy prices and cost jobs. So far, those fears have mostly gone unfounded. Of course, there have been job losses in sectors directly related to fossil fuel production. Coal producing regions have been particularly hard hit, though even in those areas, change can mean opportunity.

At the same time, job growth in renewable energy has been robust. According to...

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - We hear a lot about smart technology these days: smart cars, smart cities, smart grid, etc., with an implied promise that these smart things will be far more efficient than their less gifted predecessors, thereby allowing us to reduce carbon emissions. Of course, those claims are generally being made by those selling the smart things, so then it’s fair to ask, how much of this is simply hype?

While the British telecommunications giant BT, is not exactly an objective source, their recent report, entitled, “...

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - This week, a couple of important shareholder resolutions will be brought forward in the annual meetings of energy giants Exxon-Mobil and Chevron. Both of these will be asking the companies to take responsibility for past actions, stop funding denial, and to inform shareholders what impacts they can expect to see to their business in the wake of the COP21 meeting in Paris last December, where so many companies and countries have pledged to take significant action to reduce carbon emissions.

Another, somewhat unusual action, suggests replacing the metric used to measure a company’s energy reserves in terms of the...

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The provincial government of Ontario has announced that it will spend over C$7 billion over the next four years in a broad-based effort to combat climate change that is expected to touch upon nearly every aspect of life. Some of these actions are quite innovative.

Among the actions are the phasing out of the use of natural gas for heating, as well as a number of incentives for everything from electric vehicles to building energy conservation retrofits.

The Climate Change...

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A few years back, there were major investments being made by the DOE and other parties to develop carbon capture and storage (CSS) solutions for coal plants. At the time, the goal of those systems was to bring down the emissions level from coal plants to a level comparable to cleaner natural gas. To do more than that would have been prohibitively expensive. Many of those efforts, notably the FutureGen, after a long and complex history has now been sidelined, primarily because of cost. But, despite the fact that renewables have made unexpected strides and some scenarios show them providing as...

4 years 3 months 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...

4 years 3 months 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...

4 years 4 months 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 ...

4 years 4 months 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...