The Challenge of Efficiency Investments

One question I often get is why companies don't make efficiency update to their datacenters more regularly. Part of the answer is the complexity and associated fear of modifying an operating IT infrastructure, which is especially challenging in 24x7 environments. However, there's another set of issues. Here's a typical scenario:…

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Paper: Analyzing the DOE Loan Program

The Solyndra bankruptcy has, not unexpectedly, resulted in a wide range of reactions. On one end we have "This was a horrible investment and waste of taxpayers' money. We should shut down the whole program," and on the other end "Every investment has risks, and if you want success on…

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CSR, Oversimplified

In Associate Professor Anil Karnani's world, Corporate Social Responsibility professionals at the world's largest companies only do two things: propose projects that the business should already be doing because they make total financial sense, and propose projects which are financial disasters and companies should never seriously consider. And if you…

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It's Just Another Tax, Folks

On 3/18 the WSJ reported that Energy Secretary Steven Chu "advocated adjusting trade duties as a 'weapon' to protect U.S. manufacturing". Basically, the threat is that we'll increase tariffs to protect energy-intensive industries where they compete with products coming from countries that don't apply a tax on CO2.…

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Your Cost of Carbon

It appears that the Obama administration is getting closer and closer to implementing some sort of GHG cap and trade system, since the WSJ and others are reporting that the proposed budget is counting on revenues from the sale of allowances. You may read these articles and see numbers in…

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Obama to detail further compensation limits - Yahoo! Finance

Obama to detail further compensation limits - Yahoo! Finance: this is just the tip of the iceberg on this, and I suspect its why Ford is being so vocal that they don't want government help.…

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US Innovation Talk Outline

Outline for Talk at US Innovation Panel Washington, DC 12/1/08 Today I want to talk about enabling "national scale" innovation, or how to create innovation with thousands, or even millions of people, spanning public and private investment. Why national scale innovation? Simple. Many of our problems are national…

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The Onion Explains Carbon Offsets

Finally, now I understand.…

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