GRANT SMITH – In surveying the energy landscape, thereâ€™s an emerging, inevitable trend. Old coal and nuclear plants are being decommissioned while new ones are extremely difficult to keep within estimated construction budgets. Moreover, the next nail in the coffin for these passÃ© technologies is water. The water/energy nexus, as it is known, is a big deal.
JOHN LAFORGE – Germanyâ€™s Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted quickly to nationwide antinuclear protests re-ignited by the still-out-of-control radiation disaster at Fukushima, Japan. The Chancellor first ordered the powering-down of the seven oldest and most dangerous reactors in Germany, and she halted plans for any new reactor construction.
ELISABETH ROSENTHAL – The [British] Mark Group started hunting for a new untapped market when it realized that its core business â€” insulating old homes using innovative technology â€” would drop off in coming years. Based in the rust-belt city of Leicester, the company had grown rapidly over the last decade largely because of generous and mandatory government subsidies for energy conservation that impelled the British to treat their homes.