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Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

December 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

Newspapers Nationwide See Benefits of Continuing Investment in Wind Power

December 13, 2014 by Shauna Theel
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Wind Industry Growth

Newspapers across the country came out over the course of this fall in strong support of extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), which is the primary federal policy supporting development of new wind farm development.[read more]

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. Wind and solar costs are now 46 percent lower than the EPA estimated in its draft proposal this summer.[read more]

US-China Climate Deal Underscores Need for Substantial Energy Innovation

December 11, 2014 by Arthur Yip
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US, China, and Innovation

Talks at the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru have been buoyed by the recent US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. While the pledges by the two largest players may represent a veritable political breakthrough, a new Breakthrough analysis of China’s energy plans shows there is reason for concern.[read more]

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Is the US-China Climate Change Deal a Game-Changer? An Interview with MIT's Valerie Karplus

December 11, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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US China Climate Partnership

Climate diplomacy made global headlines with a new partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China. In this interview, I catch up with MIT's Valerie Karplus, an expert on both American and Chinese energy and climate policy, to dig into the details of the deal.[read more]

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Energy Innovation Doesn't Just Happen: How Government Policies Destroyed and Regenerated the U.S. Wind Turbine Industry, Twice

December 8, 2014 by Nathaniel Horner
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Wind Industry and Government Policy

Policies like the PTC and Renewable Portfolio Standards have not only incentivized wind turbine construction, they also have an effect on the rate of turbine innovation. The way in which these sorts of policies are implemented can make or break new tech, as the history of wind development in the U.S. shows.[read more]

Northwest Wind takes a Week-Long Vacation

December 5, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Energy Reliability and Renewables

Some readers don’t like it when I use the term “unreliables” to describe weather dependent power sources like wind and solar energy. But the wind is not under the control of automated systems or human operators, so it can disappear when it is most needed or blast in when it is not wanted.[read more]

Texas to Overhaul Its Grid-Balancing Services With Energy Storage

December 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Before the EPA released its Clean Power Plan earlier this year, with goals for each state to slash carbon dioxide emissions, Texas was already preparing for a changing energy mix. Its grid operator has been evaluating its grid-balancing needs as it takes on more wind power, while coal is retired at an increasing pace.[read more]

So, how do we Make Sustainability ... Sustainable?

December 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Sustainable Sustainability

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This shift, where clean energy is beginning to compete head-to-head with traditional energy sources, calls for a change in perspective.[read more]

Wind Energy Primary Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity in October

November 29, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Wind Energy and Generating Capacity

With the latest release of the Energy Infrastructure Update report by the Federal Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, wind energy has emerged as the leader in new United States electrical generating capacity for the month of October.[read more]

New Poll Finds 73 Percent of Voters Support Crucial Tax Policy for Wind Energy

November 28, 2014 by Shauna Theel
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Wind Energy and Tax Policy

A new poll found that wide majorities of different political affiliations, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, support keeping the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, which is perhaps the key federal policy support mechanism for wind energy.[read more]

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

SunEdison, TerraForm Buy First Wind For $2.4B to Become Renewable Project Giant

November 23, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SunEdison and its YieldCo Teraform acquired wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion. Now SunEdison is in the wind business and can add wind projects to the solar project pipeline of its YieldCo, TerraForm. The purchase price was comprised of $1.9 billion in an upfront payment and a $510 million earn-out.[read more]

Renewable Business Acquisitions Continue in Australia

November 20, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Over my years in renewables, I’ve lived with and installed a range of technologies including the odd small wind turbine. I’ve visited properties where committed owners have installed these devices appropriately and have enjoyed low cost reliable energy without a power line in sight, for decades.[read more]