Renewable Energy Technology: Research, Development, and Commercial Prospects, US Office
of Technology Assessment
As a member of a 1992 Advisory Board for the US Office of Technology Assessment, Michael
Nicklas was the key reviewer (with emphasis on passive and daylighting) of a
comprehensive report analyzing the potential of solar energy in the United States.
Solar Energy Solutions for an Environmentally Sustainable World
In 1992, as Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society, Michael Nicklas
organized the society's effort to develop recommendations to the United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development. He organized roundtables in Denver, Rome, New Delhi,
and New York and conducted international surveys of energy experts and NGO's in order to
develop input to recommendations.
During 1991 and 1992, Michael Nicklas organized the efforts of the International Solar
Energy Society to encourage the inclusion of pro-renewable energy positions within Agenda
21. In June of 1992, Nicklas led the delegation of the International Solar Energy Society to the
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.
ASES Roundtable 90: Renewable Energy Options for Utilities: Developing Partnerships
Nicklas served on the organizing committee to develop the first national solar
energy-focused roundtable addressing utility related issues.
Sustainable Energy Industry Task Force on the Environment & Global Climate Change
Serving on the 1990 Renewable Industry Task Force, Nicklas helped develop a series of
recommendations to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The report detailed the
potential of solar energy to significantly alleviate the impacts of global climate change.
ASES Roundtable 89: The Societal Cost of Energy, American Solar Energy Society
Nicklas organized and chaired ASES Roundtable 89, held in Washington, DC, which brought
together energy and environmental experts as well as policy decision makers to address
societal costs of energy issues. He also conducted an extensive survey of experts prior to the
roundtable regarding the quantification of societal costs.
Testimony of the American Solar Energy Society on the National Energy Strategy
On December 28, 1989, the American Solar Energy Society submitted to the US Department of
Energy a document clarifying the position of the society regarding the development of a
national energy strategy. Michael Nicklas organized a special meeting of ASES's Board of
Directors to develop this position paper and later served as the main author.
US National Energy Strategy Hearings
At the invitation of the United States Department of Energy, Michael Nicklas presented his
opinions regarding the importance of including solar energy as a vital component of the
national energy strategy. The Secretarial level presentation was on February 2, 1990 at the
US District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Address to UNESCO
At the invitation of UNESCO, Michael Nicklas made a presentation in Harare, Zimbabwe to
the delegates at the Expert Meeting on Solar Energy for Development, Culture, and
Environment. Key issues critical to the increased use of solar energy in Africa were
Address to the United Nations
Michael Nicklas was asked to address the United Nations Committee on New and Renewable
Energy and Energy for Development and to present recommendations regarding renewable
energy and its role in meeting global energy needs. He then made specific recommendations
to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
Recommendations to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
As President of the International Solar Energy Society, Michael Nicklas organized a series of
conferences in New York; Salta, Argentina; Pretoria, South Africa; and Thessaloniki, Greece.
These meetings brought together more than 200 of the world's leading non-governmental
organizations in an effort to develop common recommendations to the United Nations
Commission on Sustainable Development. These recommendations (which addressed the
technical aspects of solar energy as well as the social, economic, and political issues
integral to the widespread implementation of solar energy) were published by ISES and later
distributed worldwide to NGO's, governmental organizations, national leaders and United
High Level Meeting of Renewable Energy in Africa
In September of 1995, Michael Nicklas, with President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, opened the
International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress, ISES's first Congress to be
held in Africa. Later he met with President Mugabe, President Sir Ketumile Masire of
Botswana, Namibian President Sam Nujoma, Lesotho Prime Minister Dr. Ntsu Mokhehle, OAU
Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim, and Malawian Vice-President Mr. Chakufwa Chihana
to discuss the possibilities of greatly enhancing solar energy use throughout Africa and the
Energy After Rio: UNDP Report to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
During 1996 and 1997, Michael Nicklas served as a consultant to the United Nations
Development Programme to assist a team in developing a report on the global potential for
renewable energy. The report put into perspective the lack of significant progress that has
occurred since Earth Summit; the potential for renewables worldwide; the necessity for the
increased utilization of renewables in addressing global environmental and development
problems; and the importance of the United Nations addressing sustainable energy issues.
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