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Arthur O'Donnell was for over three decades an award-winning reporter specializing in energy, environment and economics. His books include: In the City of Neighborhoods (iUniverse 2004) The Guilty Environmentalist (Trafford 2003) and Soul of the Grid (iUniverse 2003). For beginning readers, When Chelsea Came to Stay (Trafford 2004), co-written with Tess Kelly, with illustrations by Sophia Varcados.
From 2008-2010, I was Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, a globally influential environmental non-profit group that created and administers the Green-e independent certification of renewable energy and carbon offsets.
Currently, I work at the California Public Utilities Commission as a Program Supervisor in the Energy Division's Grid Planning & Reliability section. I work with a team of analysts and engineers charged with developing and implementing policies and practices for Grid Modernization, Smart Meters and Home Area Networks, Advanced Energy Storage, and other innovative areas.
This feature ties together current headlines with past reports I've done, to provide context and perhaps show that there is nothing new under the Sun. Click here for more....
"Sometimes I wonder just what might have been,
if the bullets missed the Kennedys.
And the Peace Train of the 60s,
rolled across the New Frontier
to a Great Society.
Sometimes I wonder why we broke up on that Day in History...."
Not journalism, but social commentary in song.
(drop down to the audio links and choose the B-1-side)
World's Largest Solar PV Project Now Operational
This month, the 250 MW California Valley Ranch solar photovoltaic project reached full commercial operations. Located on the Carrizo Plain, just off Highway 58, this area has long been targeted as a prime solar energy development site, in part because of good solar induction characteristics and in part because of its prime spot along the high-voltage transmission corridor between the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and the Midway/Sunset high-voltage transmission hub near Bakersfield.
About 20 years ago, I travelled this route for the Power Road project, just as ARCO Solar was dismantling its experimental flat panel solar project at the site.
The former ARCO Solar project just off Highway 58, Power Road
Finally, the Carrizo Plain is again living up to its promise as an energy resource center.
Over the course of a long and varied career as an independent journalist, author, record producer, environmentalist and sometime political activist, I've been blessed to work with many wonderful people on worthy and fun projects. Looking back over the years, here are a few that I recall most fondly and proudly:
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I'll be making some industry conference appearances to talk about my assigned areas of energy policy at the CPUC , including these recent and upcoming appearances:
Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar on California's Energy Storage Program, November 21, 2013
Wilson Sonsini on Energy Storage, November 6, 2013, Webinar
Energy in California, November 4, 2013, San Francisco, CA
Energy Storage North America, September 2013, San Jose, CA
California Energy Storage Alliance, Jan. 24, 2013, Berkeley, CA
Land Letter 2006-07
Several of my older articles about energy issues and related topics continue to draw interest and response from readers, so please feel free to browse through this list of popular items:
Resurrecting Reddy Kilowatt
The Clean Tech/Regulatory Nexus
Intersecting Circles of Innovation
Non-Profit Congress 2006: A Statement of Grace in an Era of Indifference
Bruce-onomics - A Buyers' Market for Springsteen Tickets?
Restructuring in the Rear View Mirror and Story Archive
Courtroom 22, PG&E Bankruptcy 2001
Nuclear Power According to the Simpsons
The Guilty Environmentalist's Home Inefficiency Tour
Sounds of Silence at Hunters Point
Light Bulbs: An Even Better Idea
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