The Stella Group, LTD
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Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, which he founded in 1995 and came on full time to lead in 1999. The firm facilitates clean distributed energy projects for commercial, industrial and military applications. -- specializing on blending technologies and financing for projects, as well as assisting companies to scale-up market penetration with a focus on standardized, modular, web-enabled, and inter-operable systems.
Previously, Sklar served as Executive Director for 15 years of two national trade association concurrently, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Prior of running trade associations, Sklar was Political Director of The Solar Lobby for two years, -- a renewable energy advocacy group founded by the big nine US environmental organizations. And for three years previous to joining the advocacy organization, served as Washington Director for two years and Acting RD&D Director for one year of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a federally-funded applied technology institution promoting renewables and energy efficiency.
Sklar started his energy career serving as a military and energy aide to Senator Jacob K Javits (NY) on his Washington personal and Committee staff for nine years, and cofounded the Congressional Solar caucus in the mid-1970’s where most of the renewable energy legislation first was passed by the US Congress as a result of the first and second oil embargos..
He serves on the Boards of Directors of three national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change), Renewable Energy Policy Project (energy analysis), and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition, composed of the 20+ national energy efficiency and renewable energy industry organization, advocacy groups, think tanks, and environmental groups.
Sklar has coauthored two books, “The Forbidden Fuel: A History of Power Alcohol, published in 1985 which is updated and was updated and re-released in 2010 by University of Nebraska Press, and a “Consumer Guide to Solar Energy” first published in 1998 and is in its third publishing. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University teaching a unique multidisciplinary sustainable energy course. On November 4, 2010 Secretary Locke approved Sklar's appointment to the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC).
Recent Comments by Scott Sklar
- "This is a great discussion, but I wanted to add the market pressures undermining the status quo .... . a recent Wall Street Journal article reported " on Transforming the Electric Utility Industry and Corporate Culture
- "Nuclear power is not a viable option for many reasons. In regard to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency is the lowest cost and fastest sol" on Nuclear Power’s Role in Responding to Climate Change
- "The premise that renewable energy is somehow not ready shows little knowledge of the US or global markets. The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar PV in " on Clean Energy Poised for Market Domination or More Innovation Needed?
- "In 2012, more renewable energy utility-scale electric generation came on-line in the USA than natural gas -- and both were over 80% of all new generat" on Obama’s EPA to Cost Americans Billions of Dollars and Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs
- "Just like supermarkets and drug stores, fuel stations should be places that motorists can have a choice of options, plainly labeled. Brazil is the mos" on Let Freedom Ring: Oil Companies, Capitalism and Fuel Choice
- "Compared to coal, natural gas is a better fuel. Aside from significantly less carbon, natural gas has no heavy metals (of which mercury is the only re" on Can Shale Gas Limit Air Pollution?
- "Hydropower and the other water energy technologies (tidal, wave, ocean currents and thermal) are vital in providing a 24 hour, no waste, zero-emission" on Hydropower: The Silent and Aging Renewable
- "Mr, Shaw is correct, that PV panels have not been the solar employment driver in the US, and lowering PV prices is what is contributing to the scaling" on Tariffs Threaten the U.S. Solar Industry
- "Natural gas and renewable energy are already intertwined in many aspects. But in regard to the prior comments, geothermal, marine energy and hydropowe" on Can Natural Gas and Renewables Be Synergistic, Not Competitive?
- "Most States already charge both transmission and distribution fees as part of the electric utility bill. So now, utilities want to add on yet another " on Changing Times for Electric Utilities