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Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

April 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.[read more]

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility

April 7, 2015 by Benjamin Franta

Those who are serious about the risks of climate change should base their analyses on reason and evidence, not on rhetoric. And both reason and evidence strongly suggest that we need to be serious about efforts to divest from fossil fuels.[read more]

Solar Energy: Cost Over Concern

April 3, 2015 by Terri Engels

Solar Benefits and Perception

The shunning of coal as a main power source and the placing of faith in solar energy has been thanks in part to the Federal Investment Tax Credit. Yet despite the success of solar, concerns are mounting as to what will happen when the 30% tax credit expires in 2017.[read more]

These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

March 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Energy Storage State Leaders

Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of storage in 2014, and 220 megawatts are predicted to be installed in 2015. But, like the solar industry, storage projects are clustered in states with incentives, or where markets are able to place a value on storage.[read more]

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

March 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Development and Governmental Support

If developing smaller reactors as a tool in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions was as high of a priority for the Administration as one would believe based on the amount of talk given to the topic, it would be logical to have assumed that the DoE would have made additional funds available for research.[read more]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

Extrapolating Deployment Trends for Solar PV

March 30, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Solar Trends and the Future

Simple extrapolation of present trends implies around 1800 GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2030, with even faster growth looking possible. Low carbon technologies getting to scale like this, and reducing costs in the process, will help lower the political barriers to increased decarbonization.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for March and April [VIDEO]

March 30, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy News and Notes

In this, the latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union energy policy developments and news stories.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Energy Subsidies Decline Since 2010, with Changes Across Fuel Types

March 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Subsidies Decline

Between fiscal year (FY) 2010 and FY 2013, the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23% from $38.0 billion to $29.3 billion dollars, reflecting changes in both the type of subsidies offered and fuels that received support.[read more]

Section 1703 Guarantees Should Focus on Battery Performance Warranty Obligations

March 10, 2015 by James Greenberger

NAATBatt International respectfully calls on the DoE to start thinking outside the megaproject box and to address the needs of the emerging technologies that will make distributed, renewable energy generation an important part of the United States’ energy future.[read more]

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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 26, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

In Focus: Energy Union - A Serious Test for European Integration [VIDEO]

February 24, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Europe and the Energy Union Test

Leading energy journalist Hughes Belin investigates the prospects of the Energy Union strategy and its governance structure for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, ahead of the European Commission’s official presentation on 25 February.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Special on the Energy Union [VIDEO]

February 13, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Energy Union Special

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview ofprogress made on the EU’s Energy Union project, ahead of the formal launch of the Energy Union by the European Commission on 25 February.[read more]

How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]