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Abandoned Solar Energy Project Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Uncertainty

October 20, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Solar and Tax Risk

In the latest evidence of the need for stable federal tax policy, a major solar project in California was abandoned in part due to uncertainty around whether the project would be placed in service in time to qualify for the investment tax credit, which expires at the end of 2016.[read more]

From Artisanal to Integrated: How Data Is Remaking the Efficiency Industry

October 20, 2014 by Wego Wise

Data and Efficiency

The past few years have seen an abundance of software innovations designed to enhance the efficiency of the built environment. Taking advantage of inexpensive computing power and storage, these platforms are leveraging the torrent of data generated by and about our buildings.[read more]

How Microsynchrophasors Could Keep Solar-Saturated Grids Stable

October 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Energy and Stable Grids

The electricity from rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. It sags and surges in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, and is also provided by lots of inverters, which create electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.[read more]

How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America

October 18, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Green Apple

There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple.[read more]

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

October 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency and the Main Stream

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.[read more]

"Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation

October 18, 2014 by Jim Kennerly

New York Energy Reform

In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

Life-Cycle Study Confirms Global Environmental Benefit of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

October 16, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Low-Carbon Tech Benefits

A new study examines the environmental impacts and resource requirements of large-scale global implementation of a variety of low-carbon power generation tech as backbone of a new low-carbon power supply infrastructure. Basically, this research goes one step further than previous life-cycle assessments.[read more]

​In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown

October 16, 2014 by Rob Day
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Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects

LED lighting is one powerful tool for addressing climate change. And the people working hard to accelerate adoption of LED lighting should be very proud of what they are doing. We can do even more, too. But to say that LEDs are "unlikely" to make a positive impact on climate change is just not true.[read more]

Wisconsin: The Latest Solar Energy Battleground

October 15, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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You might not expect Wisconsin, a state with just a few hundred solar installations, to become the next solar battleground. But utility We Energies is attempting an attack on solar — and on all its electric customers — so extreme that it’s making headlines around the country.[read more]

Report Lays Out Five Ways the U.S. Can Cut Emissions While Boosting the Economy

October 15, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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Cutting the United States' greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change could save billions in energy costs and boost revenue for the natural gas industry, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute, a research organization that advocates for environmental sustainability.[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 2: EV Costs

October 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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EV Costs and Benefits

Electric Vehicles today are considered to be more expensive to purchase than their Internal Combustion Engine automobile counterparts. But the purchase price of EV’s versus ICE vehicles tells an incomplete story about the comparative costs of these cars.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 1

October 15, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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The day to day reality for solar energy consumers and installers is that right across the country the majority of incumbent electricity companies are subtly implementing policies and procedures that slow the uptake of solar energy; and it’s getting much worse.[read more]

Short-Circuiting Sea Level Rise

October 14, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Sea Level Rise Cycles

Sea level rise can be short-circuited with energy systems that pay for themselves with the power they generate. The heat of global warming is going principally into the oceans; mainly in the top, mixed, layer of the tropical seas.[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 1: The Driving Experience

October 14, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EV Experience

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Tesla Model S P85. Like many drivers of the Model S, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of this machine and after examining the engineering I am increasingly convinced that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future for automobiles.[read more]