While this first post is my personal introduction as I join the WattzOn blogging team, it is only the first of a string of introductions – the start of a thematic, serial illustration of diverse energy policy questions.
Much about energy policy remains underemphasized because it infrequently grips the imagination – somehow it seems we do not get as attached to energy-efficient appliances as we do to baby pandas and polar bears.I aspire to show that energy efficiency, industry, and technology can indeed provide fertile ground for your interest and curiosity.In the search to find items worthy of your attention, I will remain vigilant for clever, counterintuitive, or just plain unusual developments, reports, and ideas.I do not aim to provide either a news media rehash or personal commentary on current events.Instead, each post will be a small introduction, the equivalent of a short sketch, a paper impression fitted with appropriate outline and detail.
Inevitably, my “life experience” will influence the specific topics – which is another way of confessing that I will discuss some of my daily sights and sounds. However, generally speaking I plan on introducing selected issues and topics in conservation finance, banking and investment, East Asia, and energy policy. For one, I am spending the year in Beijing. I often notice industries here have an interest in reducing energy consumption that is symmetrical to their appetite for cheaper energy; demand receives as much emphasis as supply. In contrast, American public discussion centers on such questions of supply as making energy renewable or emissions-free. Alternatively, other things just tend to catch the eye. For example, my university’s concierge staff’s living quarters are a series of Hutongs, each one with a small mountain of coal out front for fueling heating or cooking. Overall, I plan for each topic to relate to more general concerns of energy policy – and topic suggestions are very much welcome.
Any person will tell you that a first impression happens but once. Fortunately, forming an opinion about complex questions surrounding energy is not a series of first impressions, but a prolonged process where information and ideas are assessed against each other. This implies that my posts will provide me with multiple opportunities, both to give you a good impression of current energy policy and to introduce a bit about myself.