Green Jobs

Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs and Clean Energy Competition

February 12, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Nevada Clean Energy Policy

If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.[read more]

Grading My 2015 Energy Predictions

January 5, 2016 by Robert Rapier
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The funny thing about predictions is that things are always obvious in hindsight. I rarely have people suggest that any of my predictions are either “no-brainers” or “impossible” when I make them. But when it comes time to grade them, I hear that a lot.[read more]

How the National Solar Lobby Successfully Passed the Investment Tax Credit

January 5, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

Lobbying and Subsidies

The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, wasn't set to expire for another three years. But even with the price of solar systems down 50% since 2010 and installations hitting record numbers, companies worried about a collapse of demand and a wave of job losses in 2017.[read more]

California Climate Year In Review: A Tale Of Tremendous Progress

January 1, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Climate Progress

California passed the most aggressive clean energy targets in the world, established the most ambitious carbon reduction target in North America, divested its public pension funds from coal, and made unprecedented commitments to bring clean energy to disadvantaged communities.[read more]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks

December 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

IPO Reviews and Predictions

An Initial Public Offering (IPO) or acquisition is the promised land for venture capital-funded startups -- but the fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills to go public, compared to other fields.[read more]

COP 21: A Success within the Success

December 18, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Planning for the Future

From the moment the COP 21 conference started, the newswires, bloggers and analysts have been writing about the success of the meeting and the ambitious nature of the Paris Agreement. Without doubt, more will be written in the weeks and months ahead. But the deal was done and many parts made it possible.[read more]

After Paris, What's Next for Solar?

December 15, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk
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Paris and Solar

Even with so much going on at COP21, renewable energy remained the focal point during the discussions. Seemingly every speech touted the many benefits of renewables, and how solar and wind are already achieving grid parity with fossil fuels in an increasing amount of markets.[read more]

Horizontal Integration in CleanTech

December 8, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk

CleanTech Business Model

Over the last few years, vertical integration has grown to be the go-to strategy for renewables and cleantech companies that are looking to expand. How can organizations benefit from the more traditional business approach of horizontal integration?[read more]

Head Start in Paris: India Launches International Solar Alliance on Inaugural Day of Climate Talks

December 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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India's COP 21 Announcement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance on the inaugural day of the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.[read more]

From Deceit to Disaster, Here Are the Top Turkeys of Energy in 2015

November 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy Turkeys of 2015

We've covered a lot of good news in the energy business this year. But the most compelling stories are often the ones about people, companies and governments doing questionable and difficult things. Or about bad things happening to them. Or about both.[read more]

Enphase Microinverter Course Correction Includes Layoffs of 7% of Staff

November 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Enphase and Company Layoffs

The contrasts are stark for Enphase and SolarEdge, the two leaders in the growing module-level power electronics segment. While SolarEdge just posted a record-revenue quarter with an outlook for continued growth, Enphase just revealed a disappointing revenue and margin outlook for the next quarter.[read more]

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Energy Access in Post-Conflict Regions: An Interview with Qorax Energy

November 10, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Energy Access After War

Last month the Energy for Development editorial team chatted with the managing partners of Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”), a solar asset financing and distribution company that enables access to electricity services in Somaliland, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[read more]

The Best New Job Opportunities in Oil and Gas Might Surprise You

November 4, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Oil and Gas and Employment

People think of the energy sector as a great place to find jobs, but some of the best, most stable job opportunities in the sector aren’t what you’d think. They’re not dedicated to resource production, but to minimizing the millions of tons of natural gas and associated pollution that leaks as the product is produced.[read more]

Sustainability Requires Technology, Ethics, and Political Will

October 21, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The era of climate science denial tells us something about science communication that we need to internalize. Scaring people with doomsday predictions is a losing approach to building an understanding of the facts of earth science.[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]