Jennifer Runyon's Comments

March 20, 2014

Spurred by Japan, Steady Growth Predicted for Energy Storage Market

Hi Terry,

You are exactly right. I made the change. Those pesky zeros. Thanks for pointing out the error.

March 19, 2014

Energy Storage Offers Tailored Grid Solutions, But at What Cost?

Thanks for the comment, Bill. We fixed the wording on the piece.

February 11, 2014

Can We Achieve A Smoother and More Secure Grid with Energy Storage?

These are great questions, folks. Thanks for them. It's so nice to know what information is valuable to you.

October 11, 2013

Solar PV Module Quality Concerns Still Exist for Developing World

Thank you for these great comments. @Tom, from what I've been told, poor-quality product is out there and IS being returned and/or replaced but because of non-disclosure agreements, we never hear about it (and never will). My sources tell me that these things are happening but don't want me to print any specifics. Can you imagine what would happen to a manufacturer if it got out that their product that was supposed to last 25 years was returned after 2, 3, 5 years? Death!

But because there is no "public evidence" that I could point to, I really did struggle with this story. I wondered, as you stated, why we would want this story to be told at all? But that's why I directed it to developers in the developing world. I was told time and again that most North American and European developers know what to ask about and what to look for when they are purchasing panels. But developers in India and China and other emerging markets might be more tempted by lower prices and not know how important it is to look for those certifications and standards...and to make sure the certification is up to date and the standard is the most recent standard. I hope they read this piece and I hope it helps them develop great projects.

September 18, 2013

The North American Hydropower Opportunity

Hi Fiona,

Thank you for your comment, which is much appreciated. My point here is that hydropower can be done correctly and there are technologies and experts out there who know how to do it. Rather than dismiss hydropower all together for the sins of its past, I feels it's time we revisit the contribution that it can make to the renewable energy industry.

May 11, 2013

Connecticut Seeks to Literally Water Down its RPS, Could it Happen in Your Region?

awb, that's a good point but I'm sure of the answer. How could we find that out?

March 20, 2013

For Renewable Energy, Hands-on Learning Can't Be Beat

Scott! You make a great point. I guess I was thinking of the learning you can get from the tech tours and talking with exhibitors on the show floor, which is why you should GO to the show. I think the headline should have said 'Face-to-Face learning" or as you suggest "In-Person learning" but it just sounded off to me so I went with "Hands-on." More importantly though, the deadline has NOT passed. I don't know why the links aren't working, we are trying to fix them. Copy and paste this link or click the red bar across the top of the screen.

March 11, 2013

In Iceland, Geothermal Energy is "Use It or Lose It"

Steven, thanks for your insightful comment. At this point the interconnector is really just something they are studying. No determinations have been made as to its size, who will build it, how it will be financed, etc. It's no more than an idea. As for the President's expertise on electricity markets, I think your observation may be correct. He is an enthusiastic geothermal supporter and loves his country very much and yet even Icelanders will tell you that he is more of a figurehead than an expert. They have told me that, like many political figures, he is someone that they 'love to hate' and they often disagree with his statements.

June 09, 2014

In Iceland, Geothermal Energy is "Use It or Lose It"

@TIM HEINZEMANN I think they are still studying the issue. No published reports are out yet as far as I understand.

March 04, 2013

Geothermal Energy in Iceland: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Hi Richard, I appreciate your two cents! Thanks so much.

December 17, 2012

Renewable Energy REITs or MLPs Would Unlock Billions for Project Development

@chris-geiger: Thanks so much for the comment. I attended a session at Renewable Energy World North America conference and expo last week that was a panel of energy policy experts from many energy sectors (nat. gas, nuclear, solar, hydro, coal). When this topic came up, there seemed to be universal support from the all of the representatives, meaning that there might not be much opposition to renewable energy projects being allowed to use this type of financing. I think the main hurdles now are simply working out the details. SEIA's Rhone Resch told me since it's a complicated issues, the bills that have been introduced in Congress may not be what ultimately come into law. However, simply their introduction is a good start. We should be posting that video interview soon.

Jennifer Runyon

Jennifer Runyon

Jennifer Runyon is chief editor of and Renewable Energy World magazine, coordinating, writing and/or editing columns, features, news stories and blogs for the publications. She also serves as conference chair of...

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