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Thursday, 03 April 2014 21:59

The Outlook for Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has now become a technology of choice for many Americans, accounting for nearly 40% of all new, domestic power capacity installed in 2013. Presently, renewable power capacity exceeds 190 GW, biofuels are responsible for roughly 10% of our nation’s fuel supply, and renewable thermal energy systems heat and cool a growing number of homes, businesses, public buildings, and other structures throughout the country. The array of technologies are either fully or increasingly cost-competitive with conventional energy sources, and costs continue to fall. Per Bloomberg New Energy Finance, private sector investment in the U.S. clean energy sector surpassed $100 billion in 2012-2013, stimulating economic development while supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. This impressive growth of renewable energy is a signal that, when certain, state and federal policies have worked.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:18

Growing Up: Renewables in the Southeast

Renewable energy has a vital role to play in the Southeast’s energy sector as a means to satisfy high per-capita electricity consumption, provide an alternative to imported coal, meet the demands of a growing population, and revitalize aging energy infrastructure. However, Southeastern states have often been reluctant to create market signals attractive to renewable energy developers and investors – including appropriate incentives and government initiatives – despite having suitable renewable energy resources.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:25

Renewables Heating up in the Northeast

With high electricity prices, a reliance on imported energy, and ongoing retirements of fossil fuel power plants, the Northeast has a strong incentive to develop local, renewable sources of energy. Aided by a well-established, supportive portfolio of policies in nearly every Northeastern state, the region ranks second in the nation for both solar power capacity and biomass power capacity. However, renewable energy capacity overall is lower than in the Midwest, Southeast, and West, with fewer large-scale renewable energy facilities like wind farms.

The Midwest’s remarkable renewable energy resources, vast agricultural land, strong manufacturing base, and leading research institutions have propelled the region to become a hub for renewable energy development. It is home to over a third of U.S. wind power capacity and 80% of U.S. biofuel production capacity. However, uncertainty about federal policy – like the production tax credit (PTC) and renewable fuels standard (RFS) – as well as transmission constraints could hinder Midwestern renewable energy capacity additions in the near term, with 2013 expected to yield only a fraction of the installations seen in previous years. Nevertheless, increasingly affordable project costs and state renewable energy targets will continue to drive market momentum in the region, as indicated by recent, positive signals given by renewable energy companies and utilities.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Joe Sikes

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Joseph Sikes
Director, Facilities Energy & Privatization (ODUSD(I&E))
Department of Defense

 

Mr. Sikes serves as Director for Housing and Competitive Sourcing in the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment. He is responsible for policy and guidance in support of Commercial Activities programs in the Department of Defense (DoD), including implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76. His office also provides policy and oversight of the Department’s military housing program, including the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mr. Sikes graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy during the days when they always won the Army-Navy game. Following graduation with the class of 1968, he was designated a naval flight officer and received orders to Patrol Squadron Seventeen at Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he spent most of the next 18 years hunting for Red October. Other significant tours included Vietnam service, training of Imperial Iranian Air Force flight crews in 1975, exchange duty with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and command of Patrol Squadron Six from1984 to 1986.

Commander Sikes was then ordered to Washington for duty as Deputy to the Aviation Detailer in the Naval Personnel Command and subsequently attended the National War College. Following graduation in June 1988 he was assigned to the office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, a title which only took about six months to memorize. His responsibilities included military construction, base closures and the management of Defense installations. Immediately prior to his retirement in September, 1993, Captain Sikes helped set up the newly created Environmental Security organization while serving as Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security.

Following his retirement, Mr. Sikes was hired on the Secretary of Defense’s base closure staff to help implement President Clinton’s Five Part Community Reinvestment Plan announced as part of the BRAC 1993 round of closures. Immediately prior to his current assignment, while Deputy Director of the Housing Revitalization Support Office (HRSO), he helped implement the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, which authorized DoD to partner with the private sector to build and renovate military housing.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Jeff Weiss

 

Jeff Weiss
 Co-Chairman and Managing Director
Distributed Sun

 

Jeff Weiss oversees D-SUN’s investment companies. He leads capital formation and is active in development, strategy and governance for the Company. Mr. Weiss has led companies in cyber security, intelligence and corporate fraud mitigation, mission preparedness, software development, and transformational management. Companies include TSG, a $10MM strategic intelligence firm, Picture Network International (sold to Kodak in 1997), CDx (Certificate of Deposit Exchange), Verisign, Vista Information Technologies (a $100MM network services firm) and ASAP Ventures.

Mr. Weiss graduated from Cornell University and The Wharton School (MBA). He is an active alumni leader at Cornell on three boards, including the Cornell Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. He is Director of Shenandoah National Park Trust and Washington Hebrew Congregation, is Washington Leadership Chairman of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and is past Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr. (2)

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Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr.
Principal Deputy, Operational Energy Plans and Programs,
U.S. Department of Defense
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Tom Morehouse was sworn in as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Operational Energy Plans and Programs on September 7, 2010.

As the Principal Deputy, Mr. Morehouse supports the Assistant Secretary, who is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on operational energy security and reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. He is the inaugural Principal Deputy of the office, which was created to strengthen the energy security of U.S. military operations. The mission of the office is to help the military services and combatant commands improve military capabilities, cut costs, and lower operational and strategic risk through better energy accounting, planning, management, and innovation.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Morehouse served as a consultant to a wide range of government and private sector clients on issues related to energy, national security and industrial competitiveness. He was also with the Institute for Defense Analyses, providing thought leadership on military energy security. Mr. Morehouse was the lead author on the 2008 Defense Science Board Report, "More Fight - Less Fuel," which concluded that DOD's large dependence on fossil fuel dilutes military capability, increases operational risk and drives up costs. He also co-authored energy related studies for the Center for Naval Analysis. He is a former Air Force officer.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Fred Schwartz

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Fred Schwartz
Senior Director Business Development
Northland Power

 

Fred is a renewable energy advocate with over thirty years of experience in solar, wind, hydro, and biomass implementation and development. Over his career he has developed renewable energy and storage technologies including hydroelectric turbines, wind-diesel technology, and high-speed flywheels, and he has developed and delivered efficiency programs for utilities and the public sector. From 2001 to 2005 he was Manager of Renewables and Advanced Generation for the City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where he grew the PUC’s solar program and was involved in helping to grow the solar market in California. He has received awards from the US EPA and the President of the United States, and is featured in the film “The Power of the Sun” which was premiered in DC on the Hill a few years ago. His current Title is Senior Director, Business Development, Northland Power Inc.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Barry McCullough

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Barry McCullough
Vice President of Business Strategy for Mission Systems and Training (MST)
Lockheed Martin

 

Bernard (Barry) McCullough was appointed vice president of Business Strategy for Mission Systems and Training (MST) in December 2012. In this capacity, Mr. McCullough is responsible for working across the MST enterprise to analyze the business’ strengths and opportunities. Mr. McCullough also serves as Business Development vice president of MST’s New Ventures line of business. In this role, he is responsible for increasing New Ventures’ presence in commercial and adjacent markets.

Most recently, Mr. McCullough served as vice president of Business Strategy for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) where he was responsible for growing MS2’s business strategy in core and adjacent markets.

Mr. McCullough joined Lockheed Martin in 2011 after serving more than 36 years in the U.S. Navy where he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral before retiring in October 2011. His final billet saw him serving as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, where he oversaw the creation of the command and the development of Navy cyber capability from a supporting role to a supported operational domain. He served in many positions of increasing responsibility, including Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities (OPNAV N8) and Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86). He had numerous commands at sea, including an Aegis cruiser and two carrier strike groups.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s of science degree in naval architecture and received a master’s of science degree in strategic resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.

 

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

John Lushetsky

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John Lushetsky
Executive Director
Energy Initiatives Task Force
U.S. Army

 

In 2011, Mr. Lushetsky was selected as the Executive Director of the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) which was chartered by the Secretary of the Army to lead the execution of the Army’s large scale renewable energy goals.  In this position, Mr. Lushetsky has responsibility for screening and development of candidate projects and preparation of competitive procurement and other actions to leverage up to $7 billion in private financing.

Mr. Lushetsky was previously the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Program, where he had responsibility for DOE's program to develop and commercialize advanced solar technologies.  Mr. Lushetsky also held the position of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency where he was responsible for programs for the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies and energy efficiency technology commercialization.

Previous to his government service, Mr. Lushetsky was with Corning, Inc. where he held a number of senior positions with responsibility for business operations, strategy and development.  He also initiated and managed venture capital investments to expand the company's access to new technologies.

Mr. Lushetsky holds an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and an M.S. and B.S. with High Honors in Engineering Science from the University of Florida.

 

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