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Is Global Clean Energy Investment at a Tipping Point?

October 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Global Clean Energy Investment

Last week, amidst the United Nations Climate Summit and historic climate march, many governments, investors, and financial institutions took the opportunity to make big announcements about their investment in the future of clean energy.[read more]

A Major Settlement Could Make Arizona the Next Growth Market for Storage

October 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Late last week, Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Residential Utility Consumer Office jointly filed a settlement that would require APS to evaluate storage, efficiency, renewables and demand response as a potential alternative to building or upgrading conventional power plants between 2015 and 2021.[read more]

Innovative Financing for Public Authorities From eeef: A Role Model Fund for Energy Efficiency Investment

October 2, 2014 by Clare Taylor

eeef and Energy Efficiency Investment

Without enough investment into energy efficiency, the EU risks missing its 2020 – and longer-term - climate and energy targets. Public funding is available to leverage private capital – and ‘role model fund’ eeef is showing how to profitably deliver innovative financing solutions for sustainable energy projects.[read more]

Making Solar Energy's Future Even Brighter

October 2, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Solar's Future

Due to drastically decreasing costs, amazing advancements in technology, and greatly increased awareness of the need to convert to renewable energy sources, the solar power industry is poised for an unprecedented surge in the marketplace.[read more]

Summit Tackles India's Sustainable Energy Goals

October 2, 2014 by Christina Nunez

In India, 300 million people still lack access to electricity. Coal, which currently accounts for 59% of India’s power capacity, will help meet that demand. But India’s quest to meet its energy needs occurs against the backdrop of increasing international pressure for nations to act on climate change.[read more]

New Jersey Transit Becomes a Leader in Microgrids

October 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Transit Infrastructure and Microgrids

 

Superstorm Sandy crippled much of New Jersey’s critical infrastructure two years ago. Stuck without power at home, many also couldn’t get to work because the operations center for New Jersey Transit flooded, damaging backup power systems, emergency generation, and the computers that control train operations.[read more]

Can New Hybrid Models Make Up for Slowing Growth in Traditional Demand Response?

October 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hybrid Models and Demand Response

The previously growing demand response market in the United States took a hit in May when an appeals court ruled against a federal order requiring grid operators to pay wholesale prices for demand reductions bid into the system in real time.[read more]

SaskPower Unveils First Commercial-Scale, Coal-Fired Power Plant to Capture Carbon

October 1, 2014 by Doug Vine
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Carbon Capture Implementation

For perhaps the first time ever, a large-scale, coal-fired power plant is capturing carbon dioxide in order to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere, which could be a milestone for a technology that will most likely be critical to addressing climate change.[read more]

How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

October 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar Energy Absorber Tech

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the sun — but not much of the rest of the spectrum.[read more]

Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Energy

September 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo, just sent out a release revealing that the conflict over solar valuation has escalated to the point of requiring a decision from the IRS.[read more]

A New Approach to Valuing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources

September 30, 2014 by Ryan Katofsky

Distributed Energy Resources

For "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) program to be successful, utility regulators need a new framework for benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to accurately assess the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and to compare it to traditional solutions.[read more]

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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

How a Top Liberal State Is Creating an Electricity Market That Conservatives Should Love

September 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had. The market has no explicit technology mandates that require utilities or individuals to "pick winners and losers." It simply sets some basic rules.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

The Politics of Distributed Generation

September 29, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Properly understood, and properly represented, wealthier and better informed consumers are using distributed solar and behind the meter storage to do what they have been trying to do for years with other technologies: use electricity more efficiently and reduce their energy costs.[read more]