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3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]

Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy

January 23, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and PACE

As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I'm reminded of policies from that holistically benefited Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. It’s important to remember that no matter the politics, clean energy solutions make sense for Texas – economically and environmentally.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Halfway Between $50 and $100"

January 23, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse Impacts

The steep and fast oil price decline is hitting companies hard, with projects cancelled and workers being laid off. As analysts scramble to evaluate which companies are most vulnerable in the lower oil price environment, some are trying to figure out when oil prices might recover some of their recent losses.[read more]

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

January 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twenty-first century managers must pay attention to the use and cost of natural resources, the cost of waste production and disposal, and the environmental impact of organizational outputs and waste.[read more]

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

January 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says “seriously misinterpreted” federal law, with results that could be “tremendously damaging to the electricity system.”[read more]

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

January 22, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Ask a grid engineer in HI or GER about his work, and you’re in for an earful. Policymakers would be smart to listen. While discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound technical, voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.[read more]

Keystone XL: Let's Make a Megadeal and Get Congress to Fulfill a Cleantech Wishlist

January 22, 2015 by Matt Stewart
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A proposal: let’s make a megadeal. Authorize Keystone XL. But in return, it’s time for clean energy advocates to play hardball — and get something meaningful in return for it. In fact, get a lot meaningful for it. This is the time to break out the cleantech-policy Christmas lists.[read more]

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

January 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in his Stat of the Union speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.[read more]

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An Economic Argument for a Tax on Methane

January 22, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge
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Taxing methane leakage in the oil and gas sector, as opposed to forthcoming technology regulations, is more economically efficient. A policy that offsets taxes revenue elsewhere - from income or corporate taxes - should be considered.[read more]

Why Deutsche Bank's Solar Projections Don't Fit Australia

January 22, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Deutsche Bank is projecting a potential reduction in solar costs of around 40% in the next two years. I’m excited to hear this news and don’t want to rain on anyone's parade, however, I think it’s really important to look at them in the context of local market conditions to understand how probable they are.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 4: Utilities

January 21, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments by Utility Interests

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This is the fourth post analyzing those comments, and it covers comments from major utilities and utility groups.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We Don't Think Additional Regulation is Needed at this Time"

January 21, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas Regulation Proposal and Reaction

The Obama administration announced plans earlier this week to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. This announcement resulted in the usual chorus of applause and grumbles from environmentalists and the energy industry, respectively.[read more]

First Solar Now Officially in the Silicon PV Production Business

January 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar PV Production

First Solar’s TetraSun silicon solar photovoltaic production line is officially in service. The line, located at their Malaysian manufacturing facility, has capacity for 100 megawatts of annual module production. First Solar is a long-time thin-film solar manufacturer and vertically integrated solar project developer.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

Oil Price Crash Shows the Challenge of Breaking Addiction

January 21, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Oil Addiction and Price Collapse

The price of crude oil has fallen more than 50% since summer and drivers are responding exactly as economists would predict. Americans are driving more, the market for SUVs is roaring again and the average fuel economy of new cars sold is declining after years of increases.[read more]