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Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]

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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Renewables Can't Be Stopped [PODCAST]

April 27, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Renewables and the Future

After a dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and efficiency. Yearly investment levels are still below what IEA estimates are needed to address climate change, the increase shows that appetite for funding projects and companies is increasing.[read more]

Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

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Regulatory Reform Needed for Transmission Investment, Renewables Integration

April 6, 2015 by Max Luke

Limited transmission infrastructure is one of the largest obstacles to the deployment of renewables in the U.S. Many of the best wind and solar regions are far from areas of high electricity demand. Bringing electricity from these regions to load centers often requires additional transmission investments.[read more]