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 Posts by Scott Sklar
- Extreme Weather Grid Threats
- Withdrawing Federal Funding for ENERGY STAR
- The Future Is Here - Do We Embrace It or Not?
Recent Comments by Scott Sklar
- "I find this dialogue bewildering because we are continually subsidizing the entire portfolio of fossil energy as well as nuclear. This makes no sense "
The Problem with Renewable Energy Subsidies
- "As technologies scale-up, costs come down and that is what we have seen for wind, solar photovoltaics, and battery storage. We have very many studies"
A Bold Step Forward for Solar
- "The suppositions in this question is just full of holes. Almost all State RPS's have electric utilities bid out the most cost competitive solutions. S"
The Ineffectiveness of Renewable Portfolio Standards
- "Energy subsidies should not be utilized to support mature industries, in mature markets with mature technologies. The annual $15 billion of taxpayer s"
Can the US Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies?
- "Well, biomass has so many variables, I could argue this either way.
So I believe this issue should be carved up and discussed in segments.
Debate Continues Over Carbon Neutrality of Biomass
- "The PJM Grid has 11% overcapacity. According to the Energy Information Administration, "Coal-fired electricity generators accounted for 25% of operati"
A Reliable Grid Relies on Coal
- "I read the CEI view which is almost exactly the same this week in the Wall Street Journal editorial. And these arguments overlook the big picture by c"
Should the EPA Relax CAFE Standards?
- "As we have seen subsidies for natural gas exploration, solar energy, biofuels, and now electric vehicles -- all 'modern' subsidies allow higher cost t"
Subsidies for Electric Vehicles Favor the Wealthy
- "Creating an RD&D foundation that leverages different kinds of resources to drive cutting edge applied research and commercialization is a solid id"
IMPACT for Energy: Driving Investment in New Technologies
- "While I do not believe the solar tariff was either good public policy or good economic policy, the impact will be very limited. First, US companies "
Impact of Solar Tariffs