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Renewable Portfolio Standards Under Attack Across America

April 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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RPS and State Attacks

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Fossil fuel funded efforts are underway to undermine or end renewable portfolio standards (RPS) across the United States. In 2014, as in past years, these efforts largely failed. But will 2015 turn out to be different?[read more]

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Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 3, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

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NREL: Solar Loans Cheaper For Consumers Compared To Third-Party Leasing

February 3, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Solar Loan Financing

Third-party ownership (TPO) has spurred a record level of distributed energy generation installations across America as homes and businesses lock in cheaper power costs without a large upfront expenditure – but that paradigm is about to change.[read more]

Four Questions For Global Carbon Markets In 2015

January 6, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Carbon Markets in the Coming Year

The world’s carbon markets are one of the climate change fight’s biggest stories, and they’ve never been stronger. Cap-and-trade systems combined with carbon taxes to cut emissions and invest billions in clean energy technologies, while expanding to over 40 national and regional jurisdictions in 2014.[read more]

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Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels In Developing Countries

November 6, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Developing Countries and Cheap Fuel Choices

Cost differences between renewables and fossil fuels have traditionally guided new renewable energy additions, especially in developing countries. Market economics often made new fossil fuel generation cheaper – a dangerous choice considering climate change. But those days are ending.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: A $5 Trillion Challenge or Opportunity?

September 2, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Fossil Fuel Divestment

Skeptics dismiss divestment as a peripheral threat to fossil fuel’s dominance, but it’s a major opportunity in the fight to decarbonize our society and slow the expanding impacts of climate change. In theory, divestment works; in practice, at least so far, divestment has proven tricky.[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]

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Holland: Pioneering Sustainable District Heating Innovations

July 2, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Sustainable District Heating

District heating isn’t a new concept. Using heat from one resource to meet demand among a centralized group of consumers has long been in use, primarily through combined heat and power from natural gas. But communities are turning to sustainable sources for their heating demands.[read more]

Can Green Gas Solve Renewable Energy's Intermittency Challenge?

June 16, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Green Gas and Intermittency

Albert van der Molen recently faced a quandary. As Innovation Leader for Stedin, the third-largest grid operator in the Netherlands, his job includes improving electricity and natural gas delivery while expanding the utility’s use of renewable energy.[read more]

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Will Utilities Heed The Grid Defection Alarm?

May 21, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Utilities and Grid Defection

Defections happen when economic and political situations make the risk of leaving one system behind for another worthwhile: Think East Germany to Western Europe during the Cold War, or Cuba to America in today’s era of baseball.[read more]

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One Weird Trick To Power Your City with 100% Renewable Energy

April 22, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Renewables Growth

There’s strength in numbers, but what if that axiom was key to empowering entire cities to shift to renewables? It may sound like a weird trick, but bundling together power demand from thousands of utility customers into one large pool – aggregation – is doing just that in cities across the US.[read more]