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

October 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

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]

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA

October 24, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

US Offshore Wind

Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment that so many of us have long been waiting for may have actually, finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off now. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and it is approaching fast.[read more]

Great Visualization of Our Energy and Carbon Consumption and Emissions [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

Carbon Capture and Storage

A future dependent on fossil fuels does not have to be an inevitability. We can drastically reduce fossil fuel use through aggressive R&D programs and policy support for low carbon solutions. This path will fraught with many challenges, but we should rise to them.[read more]

Clean and Reliable, But Not so Cheap: Is the Nuclear Renaissance About to Get a Reboot in the UK?

October 24, 2014 by Oliver Kerr
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Nuclear Energy in the UK

"Nothing that comes after will be able to detract from the importance of this first great step forward." Here Sir Edwin Plowden is referring not to the UK’s latest foray into nuclear power, but rather to the grand opening of Britain’s first atomic plant more than half a century previously, in October 1956.[read more]

Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency

October 24, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it has become a political battle ground.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 2

October 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Go to any hardware store, flea market or electronics clearance shop and you can buy a vast array of ultra cheap, horrendously poor quality loads. The utility attitude to these devices at a residential and even some commercial levels is simple – “Go son, go!”[read more]

SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid

October 23, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, smart thermostats, home automation. All are sources of energy, capacity, and reliability for the power grid. So say the engineers who’ve built them -- and so say the customers buying them. Now if only the regulators would move as fast as the engineers and customers.[read more]

Grid Modernization and Public Lands

October 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a proponent of sustainable energy development. While there has seldom been conflict between these two goals, the overshadowing issue of global climate change has forced them together in unexpected ways.[read more]

Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop

October 23, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Clean Power Plan Benefits

Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.[read more]

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Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies?

October 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Oil Prices and Growing Risks

The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?[read more]

Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly

October 23, 2014 by Steve Sorrell
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A new report from the US Breakthrough Institute provides evidence that historical improvements in the energy efficiency of lighting, steel and electricity production have led to greater energy consumption that would have been the case in the absence of those improvements.[read more]

A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy

October 23, 2014 by Jim Baird

Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, 'Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge' says in a Scientific American article, "The climate change problem requires a climate change solution.”[read more]

Industry Input Sought by New Wind-Energy Research Center

October 22, 2014 by Christine Gillette

A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy development together in an attempt to solve mutual problems and advance the field.[read more]

Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

October 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA Action on Methane

Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation.[read more]

Plug In Hybrid: Saving Carbon and Dollars?

October 22, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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I'm in the market for a new car. At a recent visit to a dealer I was confronted with the choice between the regular hybrid-electric version of the C-Max (think standard Prius but made in the USA!) and the plug-in hybrid electric version of the same model. The difference between the two is the plug-in, well, plugs in.[read more]