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Seminar to look at energy disputes

Posted on November 3, 2010 under Emergent News,

Check out this article in the Boston Globe.

We’ll be taking part in an upcoming conference hosted by Manumet.


While America has the technical know-how to help meet its energy needs through wind power projects, deciding where to build them has turned local meeting halls into battlefields, say veterans of those disputes.

Jesse Gossett of Emergent Energy, a renewable energy consulting company, who will take part in the conference’s discussion on “New Ways to Talk About Wind,’’ agreed that a more sensible approach to siting and permitting is needed.

“There has to be a better way,’’ Gossett said.

Founders of a new Boston-based venture, Emergent Energy, plan to “reverse the order’’ of the typical proposal by researching sites and evaluating their pluses and minuses with local officials and residents before making a proposal, then shepherd the project through the permitting process. Only then will it seek to partner with a company who wants to build, own, and operate the project.

Full article here.

Localism Included in Intuit’s Twenty Trends That Will Define the Next Decade

Posted on October 12, 2010 under Energy Politics & Policy,

Intuit Inc. partnered with Emergent Research to release their Intuit 2020 Report, in which they outline what they believe will be the twenty trends that will affect consumers and small businesses over the next decade. While sustainability was an underlying theme across many of the trends, the prediction that I found most interesting was #7: Localism Creates a New Way of Life.

Conserve Land or Build Energy Farms? Avoid the Whole Topic and Build Local

Posted on January 13, 2010 under Energy Politics & Policy,

The New York Times has a fascinating article today in the “Room for Debate” section of their website. The article centers around a number of different opinions on whether we should be looking to conserve our open space or utilize it to build renewable energy projects.

David Roberts over at makes an excellent point in this debate. We can transcend the whole issue by simply forgoing large renewable energy farms and capture the resources right where the energy is being used. As distribute energy systems become more efficient, and as communities begin to understand the true benefits of installing these systems, we will begin to see less and less need for large transmission lines leading to mega-wind and solar farms.

Emergent Newsletter 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009 under Emergent News,

Dear Friends of Emergent,

As we close the books on our second year in operation, we wanted to take the time to thank everyone who we’ve had the pleasure of working with, from the schools to the municipalities to the individuals throughout the Northeast and across the globe. Together we’ve made great strides towards our vision of an Energy Democracy where communities utilize on-site renewable energy systems to drive local economic growth and regain control of their energy future.

Emergent Partners to Attend the Clean Energy Economy Forum

Posted on December 2, 2009 under Emergent News,

On Wednesday, December 2, four members of President Obama’s Cabinet will host a Clean Energy Economy Forum with youth leaders from around the country at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar , Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, and other Administration officials will reiterate the need for a comprehensive energy plan that puts America back in control of its energy future.

The forum will be webcast live at and will be open to the public through Facebook, where an innovative White House application will allow the public to watch and discuss the event live. The White House will be keeping up with the chat, taking questions, and incorporating feedback from chat participants during the event.

Definitely check it out!

Emergent Founders Win BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Under 25 Competition

Posted on November 17, 2009 under Emergent News,

The Emergent Founders were voted number 1 in BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25 Competition. On behalf of all of us at Emergent, I want to thank all of you for your support.

This victory does not simply speak to the achievements that we have made over the past two years. This is a message from you to the world that we are not satisfied with the trajectory of our energy future. We will not stand for Big Energy’s oligarchical reign over the lifeblood of our economy. We must fight to regain control over our energy security. Through locally owned renewable energy projects we can build a true Energy Democracy.

Here is the link to the article:

Thank you again to everyone for your support, and lets continue to work together to keep the vision alive.

2009 Finalist: America’s Best Young Entreprenuers by BusinessWeek

Posted on October 14, 2009 under Emergent News,


Thanks to everyone that has supported us along the way. We appreciate your vote!

To view the profile, please visit

To vote for us for the top 5, please visit

Jared Talks Wind on WJFF Radio Catskill

Posted on July 28, 2009 under Emergent News, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability,

While I figure out how to post an audio MP3 file that’s larger than 2MB, please visit WJFF’s web site to listen to the radio show. The radio show is powered entirely by a hydroturbine located adjacent to the radio station building and a fairly large dam.

I’d like to thank Mr. Dick Riseling for having me on the show and introducing me to his incredible sustainably operated farm in Sullivan County, New York. Please, check out his farm’s website at . The farm acts as a working renewable energy education center to demonstrate that renewable energy technologies and sustainable living scenarios are practical in the world we live in today.

New Study: Global Warming Effects on US Right NOW

Posted on July 1, 2009 under Emergent News,

“Report Gives Sobering View Of Warming’s Impact on U.S.”

How do we change our ways and try and mitigate climate change?

How do we (humans) start to have less of an impact on our only home, earth?

Is the earth a finite resource? Yes. The problem is that economic theory was based on an “empty world.” Instead, we need to move to “full world” economics. The basic rule of microeconomics, that optimal scale is reached when marginal cost equals marginal benefit (MC = MB), has aptly been called the “when to stop rule”—that is, when to stop growing. In macroeconomics, curiously, there is no “when to stop rule,” nor any concept of the optimal scale of the macroeconomy. The default rule is “grow forever,” consume forever, grow, grow, grow!

Does the earth have finite material resources? Yes.

Politicians and Science, Like Oil and Water

Posted on July 1, 2009 under Emergent News, Energy Politics & Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability,

In a recent Op-Ed for the New York Times, Paul Krugman discusses the Waxman-Markey climate bill we’ve all been hearing so much about. Krugman notes that it’s not the barely passing margin the bill received but the 212 representatives, democratic and republican, who voted no. The climate change conversation should be one of whether the glass is half empty or half full; how do we address the potential dangers of human-induced climate change? Instead, almost half of our legislature refuses to acknowledge there is a glass on the table in the first place!

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