Columnists: Al Maiorino

Al Maiorino started Public Strategy Group in 1995. He has developed and managed multiple corporate public affairs campaigns in a variety of industries such as gaming, cable television, retail development, auto racing, power plant/wind farm projects and housing/residential projects. Al received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in American studies from the University of Connecticut.

The Effects of Setbacks and Noise Limits on Successful Wind Project Approval

In September, I detailed the reasons why building public support for wind proposals in Lancaster County, Nebraska, should not be a “Plan B.” Just a few short months later, the County Board has adopted tough noise restrictions on wind turbines, reducing the standard noise limit from 50 to 40 decibels of noise during the day.   …Continue Reading

Making a Powerful Impact with Solar Proposals in Canada and Beyond

Canada is not only filled with vibrant cities but it also houses vast lands of diversified geography. From its running rivers to its windy hilltops, Canada has substantial natural resources that can be harnessed to produce renewable energy. Canada’s energy portfolio is comprised of approximately 16.9 percent renewable sources, and of those renewables, solar is   …Continue Reading

Building Public Support for Renewable Projects Shouldn’t be a “Plan B”

Despite the broadening energy portfolios of states and nations across the globe, it is still essential for companies proposing individual renewable energy projects to build public support in order to achieve the approvals they need to proceed. All land use is political, and as a result, renewable projects that generate an interest in theory at   …Continue Reading

Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs. The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to   …Continue Reading

Propelling Pennsylvania Wind Projects Forward through Grassroots Support

Pennsylvania, with its many blustery ridge tops, is seen as a prime location for wind farms by wind companies themselves as well as advocates for solutions to climate change. Across Pennsylvania, the installation of wind farms aims to help meet a goal of state law that requires 18 percent of retail power to be generated   …Continue Reading

Geothermal Project in Bedugul Raises Controversy

Indonesia is an emerging market that sees its electricity demand increase by about 10 percent per year, and thus the country needs about 6 GW per year in additional generating capacity. Indonesia’s electrification ratio — which is the percentage of Indonesian households that are connected to the nation’s electricity grid — stood at 80.38 percent   …Continue Reading

Making the Case for Offshore Wind in Scotland

Renewable energy in Scotland received a positive boost in October 2014 when Scottish Ministers approved plans for four offshore wind farms proposed by Scottish Renewables. The four projects, called Neart Na Geoithe, Inch Cape, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo, are planned to be positioned east of the Fife Ness coastline and off the Angus coastline.   …Continue Reading

EU’s Wind Energy Potential Stifled by Public Opposition

European Union policymakers have put forth an objective that promotes an increase in the use of renewable energy sources to achieve 27 percent renewable generation by 2030. In line with this goal, the EU’s wind industry has grown annually since 1995. However, despite this proposed benchmark for 2030, the EU has not passed any formal   …Continue Reading

Tidal Power Not Immune to Public Opposition

More and more companies are realizing that the prioritization of safe, reliable energy methods is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By using the Earth’s natural, predictable energy from tidal power, we can generate reliable electricity while conserving other resources. However, some environmental groups oppose new tidal projects due to fear that the   …Continue Reading

Solar Energy Sector in CA Overcoming Opposition

Since the 1970s, California has taken the initiative to increase opportunities for renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels. Progressive legislation and ideal land conditions have allowed for California businesses and residents to see the positive effects that renewable energy sources can bring, but this first-hand experience has also brought with it public opposition to   …Continue Reading