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Paul Gipe

is an author, advocate, and analyst of the renewable energy industry. He has written extensively about the subject for the past four decades, receiving numerous awards for his efforts. Gipe has lectured before groups from Patagonia to Puglia, from Tasmania to Toronto, and from Halifax to Husum. He has spoken to audiences as large as 10,000 and as small as a private presentation for Vice President Al Gore. Gipe is well known for his frank appraisal of the promise and pitfalls of wind energy, including his stinging critiques of Internet wonders and the hustlers and charlatans who promote them. He led the campaign to adapt electricity feed laws to the North American market–the same policy that has stirred a renewable energy revolution in Germany.

Articles, Books & Commentary


Was the Zaanstreek the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution?

The Zaanstreek or the district on the Zaan river in the Dutch province of Noord Holland once contained the largest documented concentration of traditional European windmills in the world. During the Netherlands’ golden age more than 700 windmills were in use along the Zaan.


Feldheim: The energy self-sufficient village

If your German is not up to the article on Feldheim here’s the gist in English. Feldhiem is reaping the …

Electric Vehicles

Update to Solar-Augmented EVs? Is this a Thing?

I took a fair amount of flak for my article Solar-Augmented EVs? Is this a Thing? This was surprising as I was skeptical about the performance claims of three new manufacturers of solar-augmented EVs. My critics took issue with my conclusion that solar cells embedded on the skin of an EV have merit despite any hype by the erstwhile manufacturers.


Wind Energy - Comes of Age