Mister Solar

The explosive growth in solar power is keeping everybody busy.  I’ve suddenly become Mr. Sunshot, working on three interrelated solar projects that are funded by the US Department of Energy. Now that solar is affordable, how can low-income customers benefit from it?  The poor need to save money more than anybody but face hurdles in […] continue reading »

Getting biopower off my chest

Electricity from biomass — biopower — gets little attention, and little respect.   When I started my energy career in the early 1990s, wind power was nascent, solar was crazy expensive, geothermal was geographically limited, and hydro had seen its day.  So those of us who wanted to see a renewable energy future learned a lot about […] continue reading »

A Passage to India

As a guest of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, I traveled to India in July to speak at a conference on energy and climate change. I took advantage of the trip to write my impressions of their energy situation for Greentech Media, not to mention to visit the Taj Mahal and other sites. First the […] continue reading »

The Benefits of Diversity

Diversity in an ecosystem creates long term resiliency. Diversity in energy creates stability.  Now PaulosAnalysis has diversified, with a number of new clients. The Electricity Markets & Policy Group at the Berkeley Lab is home to such global energy experts as Ryan Wiser, Chuck Goldman, and Lisa Schwartz. I’m honored to join them as an Affiliate, crafting […] continue reading »

Ask the author: interview with Ben Paulos, author of Empowered

Empowered is a new book by energy consultant and journalist Bentham Paulos.  It describes how city officials and activists in Boulder, Minneapolis, and Madison are fighting back against entrenched utilities, and taking charge of their energy future.  Published by Midwest Energy News, it can be ordered in paperback from Lulu or e-book from Amazon. What’s the book about? Empowered is about […] continue reading »

Announcing EMPOWERED, my new book!

Energy in America is undergoing a period of rapid change, driven by new technologies, consumer empowerment, and the imperative to reduce emissions that cause global warming. But many utilities are dragging their feet, or actively impeding progress.  People who want to save energy or install solar panels are finding their efforts at odds with utilities seeking to […] continue reading »

Stratagems and Policy

“Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.”         ― Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote In addition to energy analysis and advocacy, PaulosAnalysis also offers strategic development and organizational planning to clients in philanthropy and advocacy. The Barr Foundation […] continue reading »