LiquidPlanner has just published another blog post of mine. This was a fun one to write. Send me a message if you think you know the company I’m writing about (let’s not “out” them in public).
Here is a blog post on HVDC I wrote for Physics Today in 2011. It could use some updating, but the basic point is still sound: the US should build a superhighway for electricity to transport renewable energy from the areas that are windy and sunny to the rest of the country.
This post was originally published in 2010 on the 1Sky blog. I didn’t foresee fracing, so my predictions related to Peak Oil haven’t come to pass. Most of the rest (e.g. the challenges of nuclear, the growth of EVs, wind, and solar) have been on the mark. Even most of the links were still good.
The other day I was watching a collection of old Schoolhouse Rock songs with my son. On came “Energy,” which I probably hadn’t seen in 30 years. This video was made in 1978, and I was surprised how timely it is today.
As part of my post-election therapy I’m watching every episode of The West Wing. For those who don’t remember the show, it’s a soap opera set in the White House of President Jeb Barrlett, a Nobel-prize winning economist played by Martin Sheen. His White House is filled with smart, hard-working, dedicated public servants just trying to keep the wheels on the bus while dealing with budgets, terrorist attacks, and unspoken love. It’s reassuring to listen to the President talk in complete sentences and actually hear intelligent discussions of important policies. Even the Republicans are smart and doing what they believe to be believe to be the best for the country.
Naomi Caietti published an interview of me regarding Adaptive Project Management. You need a free account to read the entire article.
My latest blog post published by LiquidPlanner was lots of fun to write.
On April 4th, 2017 I attended a forum presented by Energy Northwest, the operators of the Columbia Generating station (the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant), and Seattle Friends of Fission at Town Hall. The panel was exclusively pro-nuclear and included:
- James Conca, Forbes.com contributor on energy and environmental issues
- Nick Touran, advanced nuclear reactor physicist, TerraPower
- Kristin Zaitz, senior consulting engineer, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
- Moderator: Scott Montgomery, nationally acclaimed writer, and adjunct faculty, UW Jackson School of Intl. Studies
LiquidPlanner has published my latest project management blog post.
This is a repost of an article I wrote for Sustainable West Seattle in May, 2011. Given the heavy snow pack that the Pacific coast got this winter, we’re likely to see a repeat of the situation we saw in 2011.
The Challenges of Wind Development in the Northwest
It was recently reported that the Northwest power grid operators (primarily the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)) plan to instruct wind farm operators to turn their turbines off occasionally this spring, because our grid can’t handle all of the power. Why are we turning off wind farms now and not shutting down Washington’s only coal power plant until 2025?
In celebration of the launch of the Kindle version, I’m giving away five signed copies of my book, Adaptive Project Management: Leading Complex and Uncertain Projects. To enter write a one-paragraph explanation on why you should get a copy of my book (e.g. how fustrated you are with waterfall or agile, or how complex and uncertain your projects are). Just post your entry here and let me know how to get ahold of you.