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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Two Energy Revolutions Vie Across the Atlantic

April 5, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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The divergence of energy prices worrying German industrialists is the result of conscious choices made by that country's government and a set of developments that occurred here largely out of sight of the US government.[read more]

IEA Calls On Greece To Reform Electricity, Gas Markets

October 28, 2011 by Tomaz Ostir

What will happen with Greece’s (EU’s) plan of 20/20/20 with the current development of the nations’ finance? Are solar investments still feasible, when country is in such debt and the investments heavily dependent on the feed-in tariffs? Greece  and Energy Greece, EU’s most southern country coulbe be one of the cornerstones of solar...[read more]

Solar Prices Dive as Inventories Reach Record Highs

May 27, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

According to market analysis conducted by IMS Research, the price of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules is dropping as a result of record high inventory levels. Global PV module inventory levels have reached more than 10-gigawatts in the second quarter of 2011.  Inventories at manufacturers, distributors, integrators, and...[read more]

Rethinking Electricity Production: The Disruptive Smartgrid

January 24, 2011 by Christine Hertzog
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The Smart Grid offers ample opportunities to introduce disruptive technologies and disruptive thinking into the electricity supply chain.  Indeed, disruptive technologies and services that enable electricity production at the point of consumption or close to the point of consumption are prime examples of how the entire value chain...[read more]

Hawaii’s New Feed-In-Tariff For Solar PV Not Having Big Impact Yet

January 11, 2011 by Reginald Norris
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Recently, Hawaii adopted a feed-in-tariff to support the adoption of solar power in Hawaii. Already a leader in solar thermal, Hawaii is on the progressive edge in the U.S. with the adoption of its program. As a refresher, a feed-in-tarrif is essentially where your utility company has to pay you cash for the amount of energy your solar...[read more]

Smart Grid (R)evolutions We’d Like to See

July 19, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”  Charles F. Kettering, American inventor of the electrical ignition system and early distributed generation devices, made this observation.  As an inventor, he had ample experience as a change agent in trying to explain new ideas and technologies to...[read more]

Feed-in tariffs waste resources and make it harder to meet Europe’s renewable energy goals

August 13, 2009 by Michael Giberson

Feed-in tariffs waste resources and make it harder to meet Europe’s renewable energy goals according to a guest post by Omar Abbosh on the Financial Times Energysource blog, at least in the absence of a single, integrated electric power market in Europe.  Abbosh, a managing director at Accenture, notes that generous feed-in tariffs...[read more]

UARB: NS feed-in tariffs require political, not regulatory, decision

July 24, 2009 by MichaelSmith1

UARB: feed-in tariffs require political, not regulatory, decision by Contrarian.ca The UARB says any decision to implement feed-in tariffs will have to come from government, not the board. Feed-in tariffs would guarantee pre-set, above-market rates for alternative power producers who want to feed surplus power into the NSP grid at will....[read more]