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Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]

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Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

October 30, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Advocacy and Utility Challenges

 

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the waters in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.[read more]

Tesla is the World's First Digital Car

October 29, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Tesla's Digital Car

Elon Musk described the new Tesla Model D as a digital vehicle compared to conventional ICE autos which are analog machines. The Model D is an iterative upgrade of the Model S, but it presents two significant feature sets that demonstrate how the auto world is moving from the analog to the digital age.[read more]

How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

October 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.[read more]

Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even with Rebound?

October 28, 2014 by Gernot Wagner
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Efficiency and the Rebound Effect

Lighting is highly critical to our livelihoods. Humans have been using lighting technology since long before the advent of industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Offshore Wind

October 28, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Costs of Offshore Wind Energy

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of offshore wind energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

October 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Development and Investment

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA.[read more]

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

October 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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The 20th-century electrical grid is a truly extraordinary feat of engineering and construction that has been a core driver of economic progress in many developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations as we move into the 21st century.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices May Make for Unlikely Allies

October 27, 2014 by James Greenberger

Companies with interests in “green” energy technologies and unconventional crude oil production have a strong interest in ensuring that the dumping of conventional crude oil in the international market does not shut down investment in technologies that hold the promise of making the US more energy secure.[read more]

California Customers Will Continue to Save Money and Energy through 2015 and Beyond

October 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Savings in California

 

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an impressive 1 billion dollars for energy-saving programs that will also save residents of the state a great deal of money by continuing to help Californians use energy in a smarter way.[read more]

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

October 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Wind Energy in Iowa

Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth. Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams and O’Brien counties by the end of 2015, equaling 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity.[read more]

24 Hours of Reality: China's Wind Quest [VIDEO]

October 25, 2014 by Sheila Oliva

China and Wind Energy

Former United States Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. Its aim is to bring millions of people together, so with one collective voice they can demand change from global leaders and force them to help shape the clean-energy future.[read more]

Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy's Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?

October 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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After two controversial attempts to change net metering policy in San Antonio, CPS Energy, the utility serving the city, thinks it has found a new incentive model for solar that local installers can support. CPS wants to overhaul solar support structures completely.[read more]

$200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic

October 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Residential Solar Loans

Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks.[read more]