Renewable Energy in Ohio is Not on Hold

Bill Spratley, Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio

Renewable Energy in Ohio is not on hold

Renewable Energy in Ohio is not on hold. Guest: Bill Spratley, Green Energy Ohio

I had a chance to speak with Bill Spratley, Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio since 2001. Bill worked as a consumer advocate and consultant in the utility industry for many years and served on U.S. DOE advisory boards under Carter, Bush and Clinton. He spent 16 years as Ohio’s first consumer’s counsel and founded the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates. I would say Green Energy Ohio is pretty lucky to have an executive director that brings that much industry experience to the organization. […]

An Energy State: The state of renewable energy in Pennsylvania

An Energy State: The State of Renewable Energy in Pennsylvania

An Energy State: The state of renewable energy in Pennsylvania

An Energy State: The state of renewable energy in Pennsylvania with guest Dr. Jeffrey Brownson

Dr. Jeffrey Brownson of the Pennsylvania State University

My guest this week is Dr. Jeffrey Brownson from the Pennsylvania State University. His focus is solar energy research and education. I spoke to him at the American Solar Energy Society conference, which was hosted by Penn State. Dr. Brownson is also on the board of the society, where he represents the interests of students and faculty. He also directed Penn State’s 2009 Solar Decathlon project. If you’ve never heard of the solar decathlon I think you will be amazed at what goes into it.

JB: My name is Jeffrey Brownson. I am associate professor of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State University. I work primarily on solar energy research and education. I am also the faculty lead for the solar option in the online master of professional studies program for renewable energy and sustainability systems.

DB: That’s a lot. Quite a few hats there. Is your background in electrical engineering or?

Dr. Jeffrey Brownson

Dr. Jeffrey Brownson, Associate Professor of Energy & Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University

JB: I’m actually a scientist by training. I am both a materials scientist and a field systems scientist. I have experience in geosciences, environmental chemistry, materials science and I have grown into the solar field over the last two decades essentially to become a solar researcher in materials and systems. That was actually kind of enacted by the solar decathlon of 2009, where I became the faculty director as I arrived at Penn State and became really caught up in solar as a whole systems approach.

DB: That’s a really exciting project. Can you tell us a little bit about how the decathlon works? […]

Dave Renné, President of the International Solar Energy Society

International Solar Energy Society President Dave Renné

Dave Renné, President of the International Solar Energy Society

An interview with Dave Renné, President of the International Solar Energy Society

I’m really excited about today’s show. I’ll be talking to Dave Renné, president of the International Solar Energy Society. Dave worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL, from 1991 to 2012. He developed their program for renewable energy resource assessment and analysis, and GIS integration. He has also consulted on renewable energy for organizations all over the world including the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank

But first I have some news I’d like to share with you.

The Positive Polarity Report
In the previous episode I spoke with Lane Boldman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee. We talked about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. At the time of the interview we were discussing the draft version of the plan. The final version had not yet been released by the EPA. Lane let me know that the final plan is much more stringent for Kentucky. She has posted details on the final plan at kyconservation.org. There is also a fantastic episode of The Energy Gang podcast that goes into great detail on the plan.

Featured Guest – Dave Renné
Dave Renné saw a lot of exciting growth during his career at NREL. I would say he’s even busier now. He’s in his second term as president of the International Solar Energy Society. He serves on a International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. He’s an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal. And he has his own renewable energy consulting firm. His client list includes, the World Bank, Clean Power Research, the International Renewable Energy Agency, Battelle Memorial Institute, the Brazilian Center for Energy and Climate Change and the Asian Development Bank.

DR: The International Solar Energy Society, which was formed back in 1954, promotes the research and deployment and end use of solar energy technologies and also promotes the communication of the value of those technologies to the broader population. So, it’s focused on promoting research and the development of these technologies as well as communicating how these technologies can be used to the broader community. […]