Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump + Energy = An Uncertain Future

Last night I could not bear to watch or listen to the presidential election results.  After a sleepless night, it was time to confront my fears, a Trump presidency with a Republican congress.

For the past year, I have been watching the Hawaii clean energy initiative deteriorate to a mishmash of just stuff with sound bites.  Unfortunately, there is nothing being said or done to create the needed vision for a cohesive implementation strategy for a systemic energy transformation.  Yes, you have a bunch of politicians chanting 100% renewable energy but that's all you have.  Quite frankly, after championing energy issues for my 20-years in public service, then watching it all fall apart (except for Kauai) over the past year, it has been difficult to blog about Hawaii's energy future as I find it so uninspiring now.

Waking up this morning, like Hawaii, the decarbonization of our nation's energy sector faces an uncertain future.  While I may still find it difficult to write about energy issues, there are people like Gavin Bade, the editor of Utility Dive doing this important work to keep the public informed.  Today he reveals energy Trumpisms, giving insight to this new administration's energy ideology in "All bets are off: 4 takeaways on what President Trump means for the power sector."

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