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New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank

July 31, 2014 by Lewis Milford

New Jersey recently created the first “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions.[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

Solar Scams Alive and Kicking in Australia

July 30, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I don’t want you to think I think it’s all doom and gloom because it’s not; but with the current climate, one can be sure we are facing a deep dip in the solar coaster ride. We’ll get through it like we have before but only if we pay close attention to details and do solar intelligently.[read more]

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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders

July 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Last fall, California's governor and treasury secretary came up with a plan to solve a longstanding conflict with federal housing authorities over residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. The plan didn't work. But does it even matter?[read more]

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Turning Wind Energy into a Waltz

July 29, 2014 by Sheila Oliva

Wind Energy Music

It might seem inevitable now that Fort Madison, Iowa, would become a production site for a substantial supply of wind turbine blades. Wind, after all, has always been in the air in that state for as long as Americans can remember.[read more]

Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why

July 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Future Demand Response

 

Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It's in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: European Commission Introduces Ambitious 2030 Target [VIDEO]

July 29, 2014 by Kasper Peters

2030 Efficiency Targets

On July 23, the European Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Communication which introduced a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030. Energy efficiency is one of the key pillars of the European Union’s energy and climate strategy for 2030, on which European leaders aim to agree in October.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

July 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Taxes and Energy Poverty

What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a value added tax (VAT) to clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems.[read more]

High-Efficiency Planet

Dramatic increases in energy efficiency historically have allowed for cheaper energy services, and rather than reducing the amount of energy people used, these improvements increased energy consumption. As such, consumers play an important role in energy transitions.[read more]

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

July 24, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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Utilities and Growth Choices

Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.[read more]

What We Don't Know About Economic Climate Change Impacts

July 24, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Climate Change Economic Effects

Relatively recent econometric literature examines the impact of weather/climate on a variety of outcomes of economic interest. In order to provide an estimate of a climate impact you need two things: An estimate of how a sector responds to a change in weather/climate and projections of future climate.[read more]

Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

July 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Changing Utility Business Models

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary.[read more]

Solar and Other Renewables Maintain Lead in U.S. Generating Capacity Installed

July 24, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that renewable energy sources provided 55.7% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in the first half of 2014, with solar coming in at 1,131 MW. The trend is expected to continue, both in the U.S. and globally.[read more]