Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
I played the game solo a few times and in every game only one thing was constant: energy is very tight!
Is my understanding correct that the only way to get energy is with the energy installation and RTG? There were times were due to weather events and whatnot I was left in the middle of a cycle (before the energy production) without being able to perform any action, cause most of the actions require energy and I was getting only a little.
I completely agree. It's so tight that the game isn't really about managing your time units as much as your energy units. In my first game, I neglected to add enough energy structures and ran out by the beginning of Cycle 4. However, I did rush to get the 4th time unit though it actually drained my energy quicker I think having it! It also hurt pretty bad when my first event was losing all but one of my energy in the RTG!