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
- "While I agree with the automobile dealer system for established automobile companies, there should be an opening for independent automobile dealers un" on Should Tesla (And Other Auto Manufacturers) Be Able To Sell Cars Directly To Consumers?
- "The United States needs more flex-fueled vehicles. Multi-fueled engines allow consumers to have maximum choice including costs, lowest emissions, best" on Fuel Choice for American Prosperity and Security Act
- "The federal government should extend expiring tax incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy, focus incentives to harden and upgrade critic" on What Should Our Policymakers Focus On?
- "Yes, we have many options, to meet our electricity needs. I hand out to my GWU students 29 studies which, in aggregate, show we can meet most or all o" on Will There Be Sufficient Electricity?
- "I have no problem with Mr. Kraus' list, and in fact, many leaders from both political parties have supported this list. The previous energy bills EPA" on Time to Launch a U.S. National Energy Program as a Matter of National Security
- "A good lay out of option and issues in the article. CAFE is important and has the most impact over the longer term in reducing energy inputs per mile." on Refueling the Future with Alcohol Fuels
- "While integrating any new technology into ongoing older systems is a challenge, we have done so well in the past, such as seamlessly integrating thous" on The Challenges Of Integrating Renewables On To The Grid
- "The cap and dividend approach is an elegant policy approach to greenhouse gas emissions. First, it sends market signals to just those industry sectors" on Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class
- "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