About Me

DJWA long-time energy and environmental policy junkie, I earned my reporting stripes at The Energy Daily in Washington, D.C. I stepped down as the daily’s executive editor in 1998 to spend time with my two young kids, and since then have worked as a freelance journalist and consultant.

From my Beltway base, I have covered the alphabet soup of regulatory bodies and cabinet agencies that oversee the nation’s energy industry for years, and I believe that much good gets done here. But I also love to write about R&D and in-field deployment activities, virtually all of which occurs outside the hyper-political D.C. atmosphere.

With these eclectic interests I bring an open mind to new developments–with the knowledge that can only be gained with years of experience.

I am also a ready and able speaker, and have given talks to a host of associations, utilities and other companies over the years. I would be happy to provide a knowledgeable outsider’s point of view on virtually any energy topic of your choosing, or an insider’s recap of why Washington works (or doesn’t work) the way it does. If straight talk and experience are what you need, contact me directly at djwamsted@verizon.net or you can call me on an old-school landline at (703) 237-9531.

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  1. Interesting that we’ve moved beyond the need to mention the actual storage technology GMP is using. It’s like buying Windex as an all-purpose cleaner–you can use storage for reliability, renewables integration, distributed generation, ancillary services, what have you. Who needs those unwieldy products like demand response?

    To apply another metaphor, the use of energy storage is like an arms race. As more customers use it to avoid demand charges, more utilities face the prospect of wear and tear on their plants once everyone switches back to the grid. Doesn’t that, among other things, make energy storage on the utility end more economic, pushing the utility to install or lease more storage to protect its plants? Good lord, it’s like Xeno’s paradox!

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