RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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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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Posts by This Writer

9 months 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has recently added a healthy dose of renewable energy to their portfolio.

The company has announced the signing of a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that will allow their client, Sun Chemical, to cut electricity costs at its Carlstadt, N.J., production facility by roughly $400,000. This extends the energy savings the company has realized through their partnership with Schneider, which runs into the millions.

This highlights the direction that the company has taken in their recent...


9 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — When it comes to renewable energy, there’s a new kid on the block and he’s making lots of new friends quickly. We’re talking of course, about offshore wind. While once resisted as too expensive and too unsightly, the technology has finally found its sea legs and is now really making a splash.

Europe is, of course, where most of the activity has been. It started with Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm, off...


9 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) —Within the next few days, the US Army Corps of Engineers will grant an easement allowing Energy Transfer Partners to move forward with the controversial and much-opposed Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). President Trump has signed the order. Opponents have shifted their tactics to pressuring the banks financing the project, but it might be too late, as binding contracts have already been signed. Meanwhile, protestors have pledged...


9 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — If you think you know everything there is to know about red people and blue people, how they vote, what they buy, what they drive, and how they power their homes, you might be surprised at the results of a recent study—at least when it comes to that last item. PowerScout, a California-based solar company, uses satellite technology to help potential customers to assess how much sunshine they can expect to fall on their...


10 months 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — The World Resources Institute (WRI) has held a press call to discuss the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the EPA Administrator for the Trump administration. Pruitt’s nomination has been quite controversial given that in his previous job as Oklahoma’s state attorney general he had sued the EPA on numerous occasions, particularly over regulations dealing with the electric power industry. Pruitt has been a leading opponent of Obama’s Clean Power Plan which gave the EPA the authority to regulate CO2 emissions under the Clean Air Act.

On hand for the call were several authorities in the area of...


10 months 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), global investment in renewable energy dropped 18% last year to a total of $287.5 billion. This could be sobering news indeed on Donald Trump’s inauguration, considering the indications that Trump has a preference for fossil fuels. Has the reversal already begun?

It’s worth looking into the numbers before jumping to conclusions. There were several factors that contributed to the decline. It’s important to keep in mind that because costs are dropping so fast, the...


10 months 5 days ago

(3BlLMedia/Justmeans) — It’s getting hard to know what’s really true anymore. There are a number of reasons for this: fake news, political mischief and perhaps even a greater tolerance for liars. But there is also another reason: technology. Technology is changing so fast, that when people make pronouncements about deliveries by drones, exploration of other planets, or a rapid transformation of the car industry from what it is today, to a preponderance of electric, self-driving cars that are no longer owned by car-owners but hailed by a tap on a smartphone, it’s hard to know if they are simply making all this up.

According to...


10 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Earlier this month, Portland-based solar advocacy group Solar Power Rocks issued a comprehensive report containing the rankings of all 50 states for solar. The report, which is the 9th annual for the group, is directed towards homeowners, classifying each state in terms of their “friendliness to residential solar installations.”

The award designated a letter grade (A-F) to each state based on the...


10 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — We’ve all heard the stories about companies that didn’t see the future coming and ended up being left behind. Eastman Kodak comes to mind as one example. They blithely kept pumping out film and chemicals as the world switched over to digital photography. They now stand reduced to a shadow of their former glory.

These days one has to wonder, can the same thing happen to a country? The US has long been known as a leader in technological innovation and competitiveness. But in the area of energy, an unusually cozy relationship between the fossil fuel industry and the representatives whose campaigns they have...


10 months 2 weeks ago

(3BlLMedia/Justmeans) — In the weeks ahead, a new administration will take the reins of control in government. On their agenda is the dismantling of many of the environmental regulations put in place by the Obama administration. One of these, the Clean Power Plan, which was aimed at reducing carbon emissions from electric power plants, has been the target of multiple lawsuits by Scott Pruitt, former Attorney General of Oklahoma, who will soon head the EPA. It seems certain that Pruitt will do what he can to weaken this law, if not eliminate it entirely. The rationale is apparently economic, based on the idea that regulation costs...


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