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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

October 21, 2019

Today I gave a talk and presented information about barriers to solar photovoltaic (PV) development in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. I am currently researching this topic as part of a separate World Bank-funded project. Although that project focuses on Eastern Caribbean islands, the mo...

August 22, 2019

 [Is it time for the. GOP to fly the distress signal? Photo: Hudson Valley One.

While obviously eyeing the 2020 presidential election, a few current trends might have the GOP thinking about long-term viability as a party.  Anti-Trump sentiment, Republican infighting, and increased disaffectedness of...

August 7, 2019

It is still too early to predict the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election. The field is oversaturated at present, comprising some very well-known names, some relatively familiar names, and some complete unknowns. There is still a lot of baseball between now and November 2020. Unle...

August 1, 2019

I have been working on long-term energy transitions for a decade. Here are some of the key lessons I have learned along the way.

July 27, 2019

Long-time Republican pollster Frank Luntz met with the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. He claims to have had a change of heart.

July 22, 2019

For the third time in my life I am working from home full time and find myself re-learning some valuable lessons.

May 22, 2019

Workplaces are becoming more data centric, and as we turn to metrics to capture market segment, understand trends, and maybe even come up with some predictive moves, the ability to take in as much - if not more - with the eyes as the ears is becoming more and more essential.

April 12, 2019

Project managers find themselves in a difficult situation when they have all the responsibility of delivering the project, yet little-to-no real authority over the factors that can impact that project. Fortunately I found a few tricks that help me expand my influence and leadership in subtle ways. I...

March 22, 2019

In honor of World Water Day, I want to share this graphic from the US Geological Survey: All of Earth's Water shown in one sphere relative to Earth. There is more data on the actual web page and I highly encourage you to review it and let it inform how you think about water consumption and conse...

March 20, 2019

We have come to the annual NCAA college basketball tournament and for the first time since 2009, and on the second time in the 20 years my friends and I have treated these first four days as national holidays, I will not be in Chicago. The combination of being overseas and having an 8-month old baby...

March 12, 2019

For the third year in a row I have been asked to participate at RECAM, a conference whose full name is: Renewable Energy In the Caribbean and Central America. You can see why the acronym is preferable.

Two years ago I presented data that showed how climate change is impacting project risk and, by ext...

February 28, 2019

I focused my last post on the practicality of the Green New Deal (GND) and what I see as its shortcomings to being a more effective resolution. I have received some feedback suggesting I was being too critical and focusing more on aspects that would be part of eventual legislation or initiatives to...

February 20, 2019

A few friends and family members have asked what I think about the Green New Deal (GND), recently unveiled by Democratic Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Is it practical? It is technologically feasible Will it cost as much as some people predict?

 [The Green New Deal log...

February 13, 2019

As you might expect from a retired Four-Star General, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a former Secretary of State, Colin Powell has packed this book with insight and almost indispensable wisdom regarding leadership and effective public service.  I have always admired the man base...