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Mobilizing Public and Private Investments for New and Renewable Energy Projects

April 15, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The energy market in the United States is currently undergoing a very dramatic transformation, a transformation driven by technological advancement, market dynamics, and better policies and laws—none of which was possible even a decade ago.[read more]

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

April 15, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access and Financing

Access to finance is the largest barrier to ending energy poverty for millions around the world - and foundation capital may be critical to overcoming it. So, with little fanfare Swiss fund manager Responsability unveiled a milestone for clean energy access markets - the first dedicated debt fund totaling $30 million.[read more]

Is Iran After Nuclear Power for Energy Purposes? [STORIFY]

April 14, 2015 by Jessica Obeid
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The U.S. and Iran have inked an historic framework agreement that aims to curb Iran's path to a nuclear weapon while preserving the nation's ability to develop a domestic nuclear energy industry. Most of the analysis out there on the deal focuses on the global geopolitics, but what about the energy fundamentals?[read more]

Why Today's Grid Storage Business Models Are Subject to Change

April 14, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Grid Storage and Future Planning

Controlling and optimizing grid-tied and behind-the-meter batteries is already a complicated business. But it’s going to get a lot more complicated in the years to come, both for utility-facing storage integrators, and for customer-facing behind-the-meter storage providers.[read more]

Energy 24/7: Are Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Myth or Reality? [PODCAST]

April 14, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Stranded energy assets in oil and gas will not happen merely because of climate change. It is happening as we speak because a number of potentially disrupting events are all converging on one point: our use of hydrocarbons. Some of the challenges are due to climate and some are not.[read more]

A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

April 14, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Clean Energy Needs

China’s commitment to nuclear power is strong and unwavering. An important reason for this rapid expansion is the need for clean air. Pollution in China is a real and everyday problem for its large population. The Chinese see nuclear power as path to ultimately reducing their need to burn coal.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: The Need to Consume Less Oil

April 14, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India, Global Trends, and Energy Needs

Oil consumption will rise in India as the economy and the population grows. This is a major headache for the government, since India imports almost all of this fuel. Currently oil prices are fairly low, but if they rise again, they will drive inflation and open up a large trade deficit.[read more]

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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part I: What is a Yieldco?

April 13, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing and Yieldcos

Massive infrastructure transitions take massive amounts of capital, and the ongoing transition to 100 percent clean energy is not any different. The technology of the clean energy industry has proven its reliability and the costs are continuing to fall.[read more]

DG Solar: How Utilities Can Create Shareholder Value

April 13, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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The grid has not changed that much in decades and the need for more renewable generating capacity is a given. At least among reasonable adults. So we have to design a new system that either wholly accommodates a two way transfer of energy and/or embraces distributed generation.[read more]

Energy Research: Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Tunneling and Heat

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's 'Solar Ready Vets' Program

April 11, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and Solar Ready Vets

The “Solar Ready Vets” program aims to train 75,000 workers, including veterans, to enter the solar industry by 2020. The Department of Energy will join the Pentagon to run the training program which will occur at 10 military bases across the country.[read more]

Rating Agencies, Solar Experts, and the Government Define What Makes a Perfect Solar Project

April 11, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Although securitization has been limited in the residential solar sector thus far, most in the industry believe it's an inevitability. But if more banks are going to package solar projects from a wide range of installers and sell them off to investors, they need consistency. And that means setting standards for projects.[read more]

And the Winner Is: Distributed Generation

April 11, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Not a day goes by when I don’t learn something new about what solar energy can do and frankly, how many falsehoods exist about “the problems” that it theoretically causes. But what I love most is when facts and data bust the myths being spouted and today, we got an extremely cool new set of truths.[read more]

Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town

April 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” That’s a quote from Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos. To build an electrical grid for an imaginary “51st state” from scratch, well, SEPA recently asked utilities and other stakeholders how they would go about it.[read more]

India Clean Energy: Telangana Announces 2 GW of Solar

April 10, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited issued a request for selection and a power purchase agreement for allocating 2 GW of solar PV. This follows the state’s successful allocation of 500 MW late last year and places Telangana right at the top of Indian states with respect to solar.[read more]