Clean Energy is at a crossroads as 2011 comes to a close.  With the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen passing in December 2009 without credible, substantive progress on climate change; and the 2009-10 session of the U.S. Congress resulting in neither a tax, nor a limit on U.S. carbon emissions nor a national renewable electricity standard, numerous hurdles confront policymakers and energy leaders in achieving cleaner and more efficient industrial economies and a healthier global environment. Add to this stew the global recession, the coal mine explosion in West Virginia, USA, the Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout, the oil pipeline spill in the Michigan USA and the natural gas pipeline explosion in California — all in 2010 — The Energy Fix is began to address these U.S. challenges, and a lot more, going forward.

The Energy Fix also is tracking major advances in energy efficiency, green buildings and various nations’ and utilities’ pursuit of at least a smart-er grid. How utilities and governments are defending against cyber-threats is becoming increasingly important to secure and reliable operation of national transmission networks.

Think of The Energy Fix two ways: 1) it can enlighten thinking and foster conversations about what countries need to do to fix / solve their heavy and risky reliance on fossil fuels, especially those from unfriendly exporters; and 2) you can get a frequent ‘fix’ of fresh information, perspectives, data and analysis that can help address these challenges. In prudent doses, this kind of addiction can be a good thing.

The Founder of The Energy Fix is Jim Pierobon, a career-long advocate of lower-emitting sources of power generation and smarter grids. Jim works with various energy concerns through his consultancy, Pierobon & Partners LLC. He is a former Chief Energy Writer for the Houston Chronicle and has co-managed the energy and environmental practice at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Washington and New York City. He managed external relations for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in Washington, DC during a key phase in its evolution and assisted Standard Solar, Inc. one of the fastest growing integrators, financiers and developers of solar energy companies in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. More recently he helped strengthen communications, marketing and outreach for the Maryland Clean Energy Center and developed Maryland’s first consumer portal for renewable sources of electric power supplies.

Watch Jim’s original ‘Welcome to the Energy Fix’ message in Como, Italy.

You can email Jim at:   jim AT jimpierobon.com  (AT in lieu of @ to ward off spammers)

PLEASE NOTE: The views expressed by Jim and others here on TheEnergyFix are those of the authors only. They do not represent organizations that Jim or other authors have worked for or  currently work for.