clean energy standard

Rating Agencies, Solar Experts, and the Government Define What Makes a Perfect Solar Project

April 11, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Although securitization has been limited in the residential solar sector thus far, most in the industry believe it's an inevitability. But if more banks are going to package solar projects from a wide range of installers and sell them off to investors, they need consistency. And that means setting standards for projects.[read more]

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

March 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Ohio Clean Energy Economics

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.[read more]

Washington State Takes Next Step on Clean Fuels Standard

February 8, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Washington's Department of Environmental Quality recently released a discussion document about a state Clean Fuels Standard for public input and comments. The documents show that the oil industry and petroleum-based transportation fuels are the largest source of carbon pollution in the state.[read more]

The Wireless, Networked LED Goes Standard

March 30, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart, networked lighting may the next big market for building energy efficiency and automation technology. But the market is a battleground of proprietary tech: different networks, linking up different lighting systems, in a landscape that leaves little room for future mix-and-match interoperability.[read more]

Renewable Energy Standards: Savvy or Silly?

May 19, 2011 by David Gold

State renewable energy standards have gained momentum over the past decade with 29 states having put in place various types of standard mandates and five more having implemented voluntary standards (34 total). Now the federal government is looking to get into the game with a bi-partisan bill (S. 3813) aiming to set a minimum national standard. Renewable energy standards certainly feel good, but do they really provide the best path for achieving their goals? The existing renewable energy standards are savvy in finding a way to reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions while simultaneously being politically palatable to a broad array of people. But they are a bit silly in their formulation.[read more]

Washington tries to think about nuclear energy

December 8, 2010 by Dan Yurman

A top level summit draws a crowd, but did it accomplish anything? The period prior to the start of a new Congress, following a mid-term election, is ideal for interest groups of all persuasions to hold “summits” to get their ideas into the legislative mix. So it was for the nuclear energy industry which gathered under the umbrella of the...[read more]