Last year, in 2018, I spent some of my time as a caregiver for an aging parent, and I spent another chunk of my time as an energy professional at the top of my game. Well, not constantly at the top–keeping up this website was one task that fell off the tray. But I was fortunate to have ongoing clients and colleagues who helped Cliburn and Associates to keep building our reputation for a passion for the work, plus compassion for the people behind the scene, and a view (though sometimes a bit distant) of the rich quality of life that drives us.
As we enter 2019, the focus of our work is even clearer. Cliburn and Associates has long noted that the utility transformation is largely "a people problem." Today's energy integration challenges require working across departments and disciplines, and sometimes working earnestly with stakeholders who have widely varying views. We have technical expertise and economics expertise–but technical and economic solutions also have organizational, political and ultimately human dimensions. It is quite a puzzle, to solve 21st-Century energy challenges! But that is why it has always been my good fortune to spend a a large–and well-focused–chunk of time working toward new energy solutions.
By the way, we just posted a new blog to the Community Solar Value Project website, which is where some of Cliburn and Associates' most recent work may be found. That blog is on a theme related to communications–specifically applying lessons from the latest JD Power Utility Outlook to the opportunities that utilities can unleash when they embark upon a well-designed, high-value community solar program.