Sean Casten

Sean Casten is president & CEO of Recycled Energy Development, LLC, a company devoted to profitably reducing greenhouse emissions.

The problem with renewables and ‘cost parity’

At what point do hamburgers reach cost parity with salad? Assume for a moment that this is a serious question and try to figure out …

Natural Gas

Learning from history: Why natural gas prices will rise

Here’s the standard story about the U.S. power grid: It gets baseload supply from hydro, nuclear, and coal (in that order), using natural gas (and …

Growing Midwest and Appalachian efficiency markets

Like boiling frogs, it’s the rate of change that matters when it comes to energy efficiency investments. Consumers who have grown accustomed to $4 gasoline …

How to buy (and price) clean power

You get what you pay for. Clean power mandates in the US mandate that we buy megawatt-hours of clean energy, but they don’t mandate that …

Natural Gas

DOE shocker: the future will be like the past, but more so

Last October, I had some fun looking at the Department of Energy’s historic predictions of natural gas prices and noting their consistent failure to, uh, …

Energy Efficiency

The conflict at the heart of U.S. energy policy: domestic extraction vs. cheap energy

Imagine you’re out to dinner with your spouse. When the waiter comes, she says, “I’m trying to decide between the house salad and the deep-fried …

Man-up, America

U.S. energy policy as a teenage boy

With all the media frenzy around the Japanese nuclear situation, one topic hasn’t been covered much : Why don’t the Japanese love fossil fuels? Not …

MACT-Daddy

Good news: New EPA boiler regs include output-based standards

Finally the day you’ve all been waiting for has arrived: EPA has released its new boiler emissions rules for hazardous pollutants! (The cool kids call …

Year-end economic musings

Last July, I wrote about trends in U.S. retail electric sales as an indicator of economic activity, and how this recession compares to prior on …