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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 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.

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 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 5, 2019

After taking a global look at some of the most recent and disturbing trends of climate change, I’m taking a local look at some clean energy developments in my old home state of Connecticut. Despite leaving for college I have kept an eye sidelong cast at the state’s goings on. It faces many challenge...

February 2, 2019

Welcome to Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Weekend. The current cold snap is so bad that Punxsutawney Phil almost did not even come outside. He already knew the prediction: it's cold. Damn cold. Full stop. Get used to it.

 [A kind yet not-so-subtle reminder from our friends at the March for Science.]

If...

December 11, 2018

We have twelve years to save the planet. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have less than two decades to make the significant strides necessary to avoid catastrophic and truly irreversible impacts of global climate change accelerated by our use of fossil fuels.

Tha...

November 26, 2018

One of the interesting outcomes from this year’s recent mid-term election is what it might mean for sustainable energy in America. Despite the current administration’s misguided views on energy and climate change, American citizens voted across the country to remove lawmakers who are out of touch wi...

September 13, 2018

That’s more than just a tie. It’s a handy visualization of, and a stealthy way to start a conversation around, our impact on the world’s climate. However, for the record, I received more compliments on this tie than any I have ever worn. But I digress.

[Tied to global climate change.]

The necktie abov...

July 28, 2018

School is out but learning never stops. If you live in one of the many places besieged by this bizarre global heat wave and find yourself wondering if maybe there is something to all of this anthropogenic climate change talk, I’m here with some easy summer reading for you.
 

Turns out, a blocked patt...