Today I spent a chunk of time exploring a website titled: The Journal of Energy Efficiency and Reliability, which I found by doing a search for distributed energy blogs. The site and its journal offer the following:
Get the latest information on state-of-the-art energy efficiency, reliability and onsite power installations. Distributed Energy – The Journal of Energy Efficiency and Reliability reaches more than 20,000 subscribers. Published seven times annually, Distributed Energy addresses the concerns of the readers regarding the vulnerability of their operations and facilities to power interruptions and explores solutions for increasing energy self-reliance.
This is a very cool find for someone like me, who is learning a lot about local energy initiatives and energy independence. The site, published by Forester Media, which is the publishing arm of Forester University in Santa Barbara, CA, seems to take a variety of angles in their content, going from the technical, to public policy and regulation here and overseas, to local programs and success stories.
I must say that I am befuddled by the fact that none of the featured weekly blogs by DE Editor Elizabeth Cutright or by other DE featured bloggers has been commented on. If, in fact, what Tom Osdoba said at Net Impact last fall is true (see my earlier post) — that by the year 2020, 45 percent of renewable energy in this country will come from distributed sources — where’s the buzz? Why aren’t environmentalists, entrepreneurs and elected officials all over a site like this, sharing and dissecting products, ideas, policies and initiatives? Perhaps its time hasn’t come yet….