I'll be flying out to Detroit for the ACI National Home Performance Conference next Monday, but before get to Detroit and that great conference, I thought I'd share one more special moment from Energy Out West.

On Thursday afternoon last week, just after lunch, John Tooley, Anthony Cox, and Joseph Lstiburek sat at a table together in front of the participants at Energy Out West talking about the future. (Thanks, Tiger Adolf for the photo.) When you see him, ask Anthony about his new wrist watch! Here is a sampling of comments. I'll let you connect the statement with the speaker.

Solar is dead. Nobody trusts it anymore.

There are some cool new gadgets out there.

The future looks good because of scientific breakthroughs happening right now.

Cellulose is the future.

Efficiency wins, efficiency wins, efficiency wins!

Here is that special moment I mentioned above: John Tooley says to Joe Lstiburek, I agree with about 80% of what you said. But with some things, you are full of %$$##@#@!.

But that's not the actual special moment. That happened just after John spoke, when Joe reached out to John and they hugged. Not an "A-Frame" semi hug, but the real thing. The kind that sounds better in Spanish—an embrasso. I realized then that these three great men in our industry truly love and respect one another, despite their differences. That made me feel very good.

Views: 97

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Comment by Jim Gunshinan on May 1, 2014 at 9:58am

You nailed in Todd, it was Joe L. who said no one trusts solar. I don't remember him sharing his analysis of the solar economy, but I'm sure he has his reasons. I too think that new battery technology and other energy storage will be a huge benefit for solar and wind energy—when the wind don't blow and the sun don't shine.

Comment by Todd Hoener on May 1, 2014 at 8:28am

That must have been Lstiburek's comment ("Solar is dead. Nobody trusts it anymore"). I missed that. The numbers and activity (at least on residential) don't seem to support this statement, specifically the "Nobody" part. Was he referring to the increased efforts by utilities to put up barriers to solar (i.e., charges for grid tie-in), or reliability issues? Many of the state rebates and credits still make solar pretty affordable for houses. However on a large utility-scale, wind generation is much greater; few install wind generation on a residential scale. Naturally we are all in agreement about efficiency; it does win. However, I think advanced technological improvements in energy storage -- residential or utility-scale -- is the next big thing to watch.

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Paul Scheckel posted a blog post

Renewable Rant: Traditional Energy!

Why, when I open up a newsletter or market evaluation report about “traditional energy” markets, do…See More
3 hours ago
Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker's discussion was featured

Indoor Air Quality Monitors and Meters

I'm considering purchasing the AirAdvice for Homes indoor air quality monitor but it seems to have…See More
4 hours ago
Luis Hernandez's discussion was featured

ERV Configuration

Greetings everyone,     I did an energy audit on this new home that is too tight and needs…See More
4 hours ago
Kim Tanner's discussion was featured
4 hours ago
John Nicholas's discussion was featured

Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question

Melissa Baldridge inquired about installing slab edge insulation on a potential E-Star certified…See More
4 hours ago
Melissa Baldridge's discussion was featured

ENERGY STAR - Slab Insulation

Folks,Let's say I have a client who's building slab on grade and intending to certify E-STAR.  I'm…See More
4 hours ago
Sean Maxwell's discussion was featured

Blower Door Databases: ATTMA and Retrotec rCloud

Hi guys,We're pushing for blower door testing in the building code here in Australia and we think…See More
4 hours ago
Bob Blanchette's discussion was featured

Real World Ceiling Fan CFM

Has anybody done testing on delivered CFM of ceiling fans? Energy star has a test room where the…See More
4 hours ago

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service