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
- "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
- "Professor Hall is referencing photovoltaics, but the Ivanpah project is concentrated solar (thermal) power, an entirely different technology. CSP work" on What Is The Future of Solar Energy?
- "I think the criteria in the article is correct, but I believe the questions are rather moot. Any country must prepare itself for changes in access to" on Metrics for Comparing Alternative Liquid Fuels
- "According to the sponsors, "This legislation allows us to bring these proposed regulations to the forefront and have a public debate about the effect " on The Economic Impacts of Eliminating Coal from Our Energy Portfolio
- "That's a nice re-invention of ti situation, but sadly not true. Aside from billions of dollars worth of property losses and loss of future economic a" on Is Our Understanding of Fukushima Backwards?
- "The EPA rule is solid because it will actually help coal be viable in the future mix. The regulation will accelerate carbon capture and drive new kind" on The Economic Impacts of Eliminating Coal from Our Energy Portfolio
- "The 60 Minutes piece was nonsense, had poor research, no data, and anecdotal evidence. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), while global " on “60 Minutes” Calls Cleantech a Bust
- "Petroleum and natural gas are finite resources. Demand will always exceed supply, meaning world economic growth and need for energy will be at a faste" on Should the Crude Oil Export Ban Be Lifted?
- "While I agree that transparency in pricing and risk are essential components, two other criteria are as of equal importance -- and are intrinsically r" on Advancing Energy Innovation in the Electric Power Sector