One of Kiira Motors' electric coaches. This one has a 281kWh battery pack from CATL and a 200kW motor. Image courtesy of Kiira Motors

Interesting Insights From Uganda’s 2024/2025 National Budget

Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija, recently delivered the country’s 2024/2025 national budget. There were some very interesting insights in there that give us a good look into Uganda’s electricity generation landscape as well as the current state and plans to grow the electric mobility ecosystem. … [continued]

The U.S. Department of Energy is investing in a new kind of flexible wave energy technology that could convert ocean waves into clean electricity and help power coastal communities, marine research, and even a future clean energy grid. Graphic by NREL.

Teams Selected for 2025 Hydropower & Marine Energy Collegiate Competitions

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) last week announced the 36 teams selected to participate in the 2025 Hydropower Collegiate Competition (HCC) and Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC), the largest cohort of teams to date. These annual competitions engage and educate students about real-world challenges facing these sectors and the … [continued]

Slide from Michael Barnard's remark at Green Builder's Sustainability Symposium

Green Builder Sustainability Symposium Presentation — Slides & Transcript

In mid-2023, Green Builder Media’s CEO Sara Gutterman reached out to me to see if I were interested in presenting at their annual Sustainability Symposium. It’s been running annually for close to a decade, and with COVID it transitioned to virtual and won’t be going back. That event occurred a … [continued]

Slide from presentation from seminar series with Indian utilities by author

Wind & Solar, But What Else? — India Edition Transcript

Under the auspices of the India Smart Grid Forum, the think tank founded as an umbrella organization over India’s 28 state utilities to provide thought leadership, share leading practices, and bring international insights to India, I’m delivering bi-weekly webinars framed by the Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. With the … [continued]

U.S. Hydropower Generation Expected to Increase by 6% in 2024 Following Last Year’s Lows

Last year, U.S. hydropower electricity generation fell to its lowest since 2001. This year, we expect hydropower to increase 6% and account for 250 billion kilowatthours of electricity generation in the power sector, based on forecasts in our Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). We expect hydropower to increase in nearly every part of the … [continued]

Do We Still Need Hydropower?

The Truth Behind Hydropower’s Role in Our Battle Against Climate Change In 2022, journalist Ezra Klein posed a question to the Reddit community: “Why is it that no one seems to talk about hydropower anymore?” It is a good question. And a handful of Redditors answered. Dams have displaced people, one … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-e generated panoramic image depicting the contrast between Germany and Australia in terms of nuclear energy

Germany’s CO2 Off 10%, Coal & Nuclear Down, Gas Networks Next, Oz Debates Nuclear

Recently I was engaged in an odd conversation online, one that spanned from Australia to Germany, almost exactly the opposite sides of the world. Australia is in the throes of a deeply odd energy conversation about whether nuclear generation is necessary or not (it isn’t). The leader of the Australia’s … [continued]