Heat Pumps and Refrigerants, It’s Complicated 

Emily Collins, Zondits guest, 12/12/2023 It’s fair to say that heat pumps have become a thing in the green energy ethos. In 2022, the U.S. Heat Pump Market was valued at 12 Billion USD and is anticipated to reach 165 Billion USD by 2032. The projection is staggering but not unrealistic. With more than 17 … Read more

Smackover – Exxon Mobile Enters the Lithium Market 

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 11/30/2023 With the purchase of a 120,000-acre site in Arkansas that sits above the giant Smackover Formation, a huge limestone aquifer spanning 600 miles across several states from Texas to Florida, Exxon Mobil (Exxon) plans to become a major U.S. supplier of lithium. Lithium is a critical element in modern rechargeable … Read more

Biden Administration Awards $7 Billion for Seven New Hydrogen Hubs

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 11/7/2023 The Biden administration is making good on its pledge to invest billions in “clean” hydrogen, with the announcement of $7 billion in awards for regional hydrogen hubs. The funding was included in the 2021 Infrastructure Law to establish multiple regional hubs to produce hydrogen for fuel, agricultural, and industrial uses. … Read more

Demand-Side Resiliency Reduces Risk and Insurance Costs

Demand side resiliency

Peter F. Hoffman, C.E.M., LEED AP, Zondits guest, 10/30/2023 This article has been amended from a version previously published on LinkedIn: Demand-Side Resiliency leading to risk mitigation and reduced insurance costs under a traditional Energy Efficiency programmatic framework Utilities invest significantly in the resilience of the electrical and natural gas transmission and distribution systems in … Read more

A Plea for More Heat Pumps With Less Drama – Can Homeowners Get More Professional Help?

Heat pump HOA

Camryn Hansen, Zondits guest, 10/24/2023 I blogged previously about the numerous cumbersome steps it took to have heat pumps installed in my 100-year-old Maine house. In that blog I promised to publish future blogs exploring the topic of support—who or what would have made my process easier and how can we remove barriers to the … Read more

Plug-in Hybrid Reforms a Lead Foot

Kate Helm, Zondits guest, 10/3/2023 Not quite ready to take the plunge into electric vehicle (EV) ownership? Neither was I, truthfully, and I have worked my entire career in the environmental consulting and energy efficiency spaces. Whether it’s range anxiety or the unknowns of installing a charger at your home (owned or rented), there are … Read more

Heading into COP28, the United Nations Calls for the Rapid Acceleration of Climate Change Action

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 9/26/2023 The first United Nations Stocktake on Climate Change Progress calls for a dramatic acceleration of policy and technical action to combat climate change. The report, released in early September, recognizes that some progress has been made since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, but states that both “ambition and implementation” must … Read more