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The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

August 22, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Energy Support and Timing

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade.[read more]

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

August 22, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That's cheap power.[read more]

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

August 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris

OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Developing New Light and Energy Technologies

August 21, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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New Light and Energy Tech

Silvija Gradečak has big intentions for small ingredients. The associate professor of materials science and engineering focuses on energy-conversion and light-harvesting through the use of nanomaterials. It’s at these microscopic scales that she can customize components, meld parts, and create new materials.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

August 21, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power, also called cogeneration, generates both electricity and useful heat from the same fuel source. CHP typically involves dedicated equipment to generate electricity, followed by recovery of exhaust/waste heat for use in industrial processes, space heating, or water heating.[read more]

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

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Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 20, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]

Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California's Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program

August 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Low-Income Energy Efficiency

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success"

August 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Utility Regulators' New 'Formula'

Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions.[read more]

Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

August 20, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Rewables Workforce Skills

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.[read more]

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers

August 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida.[read more]

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

August 19, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Batteries Recycled Into Solar

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.[read more]

Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

August 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A federal court upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers.[read more]