Communications that foster understanding

Tau Technical Communications is a writing and communications company that connects technology and science with readers. Tau Technical uniquely combines engineering knowledge, marketing savvy, and writing clarity into communications that resonate with people. Tau Technical was founded by Dawn Santoianni, an engineering professional with over 20 years experience producing scientific communications for industry, government and academia. Dawn has testified before Congress on the impacts of proposed environmental policy; authored technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles; provided expert commentary on energy issues for respected publications; and edited regulatory compliance documents.

At Tau Technical, we understand that every communication your organization produces – whether it be a technical report, press release, blog post, or even a tweet – is a business development and public relations opportunity. We can take the most hard-core technical material and impart scientific transparency and visual appeal to keep audiences engaged and foster understanding. We specialize in high impact communications such as corporate website content, advocacy documents, and social media integration.

From technical editing to original content writing…and everything in between.

Tau Technical provides subject matter expertise on environmental and energy issues, and can assist with a range of writing and editing needs including reports, blog content, advocacy communications, proposals, environmental and energy policy analysis, newsletters and white papers. Tau Technical is different from other writing consulting companies. We provide engineering knowledge and subject matter expertise needed to understand complex topics with a writing style that appeals to a wide range of audiences. We don’t use cookie-cutter templates and we don’t farm out the work to contract writers who don’t understand your business. When you hire Tau Technical, you get the experience and commitment of Dawn Santoianni.

The meaning of Tau

An often asked question is why is the company named “Tau Technical?” The greek symbol tau (τ) has many meanings and uses in engineering and science. The symbol is often used to denote a time parameter. Our goal at Tau Technical is to save you time and money with writing efficiency and impact. We speak the language of engineers and can interface with your technical experts, who may lack the time or experience to write quality documentation. We can translate “engineering-ease” into language that non-technical readers will understand. Check out the other ways our writing services can help your business.

To find out more about Tau Technical, check out our blog posts, portfolio, and read what makes us different from other writing consultants. Contact us to discuss how we can help your business create communications with clarity and impact.


Recent Posts

EPA Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants in OMB’s Hands

Last week, several news reports noted the EPA sent a draft rule for carbon emission standards for existing power plants to the “White House.” What does that mean exactly? It’s not as if the rule is sitting on President Obama’s desk ready to be stamped with approval. Actually, the rule is now in the hands of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and specifically the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA reviews rulemakings to determine whether EPA has satisfied the requirements of coordinating between federal agencies and considered various regulatory options. The review process is dictated by Executive Orders 12866 and 13563. The review process goes something like this:


OMB is supposed to review a rule within 90 days, although that can be extended by 30 days by the director of OMB. The average time for OIRA to complete reviews in 2012 was 79 days. However, there have been instances of a rule languishing in interagency review for considerable time, particularly in 2013. There have also been times where OIRA’s review resulted in the agency making changes to the draft rule before issuing it for public comment. The Obama administration has been pushing for a draft rule on existing power plants to be completed by June 1st, with a final rule in June 2015.

There is much speculation as to what the draft rule looks like, which was supposed to give states control over how carbon emissions standards are met. One intriguing idea is from the Brookings Institute speculating that a carbon excise tax could be used by states to limit greenhouse gas emissions. An excise tax would be consistent with the law and would discourage the use of an energy source in proportion to it’s carbon burden. Notably, this type of approach would NOT mandate a particular technology (i.e. CCS for coal-fired plants) nor a strict carbon emissions limit for individual sources.






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