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The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

IEA: 'The Cost of Fossil Fuels to an Economy Is Not Reduced by Subsidies; It Is Just Redistributed'

November 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Fossil Fuels and Actual Costs

Countries around the globe have committed to reducing subsidies for fossil fuels. But that commitment is not being put into practice quickly enough for cleaner energy solutions to gain a competitive edge in some regions, according to the 2014 World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for November 2014 [VIDEO]

November 13, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Briefing

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the Russia-Ukraine gas deal, and the positive outcome of the energy security stress tests.[read more]

The End of a Solar Era: The Legacy of the California Solar Initiative

November 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

California Solar Initiative Support

Over the last decade, most leading solar markets have faced a dramatic slowdown after starting out strong. American states such as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also gone through boom-bust cycles. And then there's California, which has had a much different experience.[read more]

Post-Election Day, Tax Extenders Will Be a Bipartisan Opportunity

November 2, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Elections and Tax Law

Though Senate movement on passing tax extenders came to a standstill in May, both parties have since shown interest in pushing the issue forward during the lame duck session. There is no question that extending advanced energy tax credits is both vital to industry and has bipartisan support.[read more]

'2030 Climate and Energy Package Vital to EU's Energy Security' Stresses European Commission [VIDEO]

October 28, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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EU Energy and Climate Planning

 

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security.[read more]

5 Toughest Questions for Maroš Šefčovič - European Commissioner for Energy Union [VIDEO]

October 27, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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Energy Union Hearings

Maroš Šefčovič had to answer a number of very difficult questions during his recent hearing by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (ENVI) on October 20th.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October 2014 [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Report

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues including the Juncker Commission, and the recent green light for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation with Storage and Demand Response?

October 6, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Distributed Generation and Demand Response

This article will take a deep and fundamental look at the potential of distributed storage and demand response to enhance the potential of distributed generation. Utility scale storage and demand response will also be assessed for comparative purposes.[read more]

5 Toughest Questions for Miguel Arias Cañete on Energy and Climate Action - Hearings of New European Commission

October 6, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Questions and the New European Commission

Miguel Arias Cañete - European Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy - had to answer a number of difficult questions during his hearing by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (ENVI) on 1 October.[read more]

Will the World's Dominant Energy Source Be Solar? Only With Serious, Proactive Policy Support

October 3, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Solar and Subsidies

This week the International Energy Agency updated their technology roadmaps for solar photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. The bottom line is that significant policy and technological progress are required for solar to play a major role in electricity in the future.[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]

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]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]

Energy Priorities of the New European Parliament [VIDEO]

September 24, 2014 by Kasper Peters

European Parliament Energy Goals

Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee, discusses the priorities of the new parliamentary term with Hughes Belin, underlining that the reduction of energy prices and the enhancement of energy security in Europe are among the top goals of the committee.[read more]