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Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

No Fuel Costs: The Sexy Seduction of Renewables

April 16, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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No fuel costs. That is renewables' powerful, seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment. No fuel costs.[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]

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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]

Hawaii's Utility Is Approving a Backlog of More Than 3,000 Solar Installations

April 12, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Hawaii Solar Installations

Last week, utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) said it had approved all the delayed rooftop solar applications on Maui and Hawaii island that had been waiting since October, according to Jim Alberts, senior VP of customer service at HECO, who spoke at the Maui Energy Conference.[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]

Report: 'Load Defection' from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

April 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Change is coming. Are utilities ready?

Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to grid-connected customers installing ever-cheaper solar and energy storage technologies is “load defection” -- and that future will come no matter what.[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]

Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

April 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Clean Energy Legislation and Jobs

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - Solar Jobs May Benefit Economy More than Oil and Gas Jobs [PODCAST]

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Solar Jobs vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs

Solar job growth has outperformed the overall economy by a factor of 20 times. And more and more solar jobs were created as prices fell. Significantly more. This is in direct contrast to oil and gas where when prices fall, men and women end up out of work.[read more]

The Revolution will be Solarized

April 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Is the Future a Solar One?

There’s a clean energy revolution happening in California, which is not only producing the most solar power in the country – 8.5 gigawatts, enough to power two million homes – it’s producing more solar power than the rest of the country combined.[read more]

Asian Solar, European Offshore Wind Drives 2014 Renewable Growth

April 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

2014 Renewables Growth Sources

Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014 to $270 billion, just 3 percent below the all-time record of nearly $279 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.[read more]

Time-Variant Pricing in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision

April 7, 2015 by Brad Townsend

Energy Pricing in New York's Energy Future

 

In conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund, OurEnergyPolicy.org (OEP) hosted an expert discussion in support of the March 31st event, “On the REV Agenda: The Role of Time-Variant Pricing.” This post is a snapshot of the perspectives offered by OEP’s diverse group of vetted expert commenters.[read more]