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Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

September 23, 2015 by America's Power Plan

DER Management

A new report from America's Power Plan investigates the question, "who should own and operate distributed energy resources?" It turns out there there are many options for who can own and operate DERs—and any of them can work, as long as the revenue streams are designed or adjusted appropriately.[read more]

New Study Finds 2012's Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change

September 10, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate scientists are usually quick to point out that it is exceedingly difficult to link a specific weather event to climate change. Now, a new major study finds a distinct connection between man-made rapidly warming climate and a handful of identifiable extreme weather events in 2012.[read more]

Stumbling Blocks to Figuring Out the Real Oil Limits Story

August 15, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Figuring Out Oil Limits

The story of oil limits is one that crosses many disciplines. It is not an easy one to understand. Most of those who are writing about peak oil come from hard sciences. In this article are several stumbling blocks to figuring out the full story that I have encountered.[read more]

Policy Trumps Sunshine as a Solar Energy Resource

August 12, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

The future looks bright for solar in the U.S. That’s according to a recent UC Berkeley study that claims that by 2050, solar power could supply a third of all electricity demand in the country’s western states, and Berkeley is not alone in identifying the potential of solar energy.[read more]

A First-Hand View of Fracking in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale

August 1, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Fracking Site

It’s easy to talk about the shale gas revolution in the abstract and forget that it is the cumulative result of thousands of operations in locations across the country. It combines the technological marvel of precisely planned drilling with the efforts of skilled workers on the surface.[read more]

Canada’s Largest Solar Rooftop, Case Study Part Four

October 26, 2010 by Derek Wong

The final part of this case study on Canada’s largest solar rooftop focuses on the Ontario Feed-In Tariff program application. We look at how LoyaltyOne got their FIT program approval to become the first system to feed the Ontario power grid. The Feed-In Tariff application for LoyaltyOne’s pioneering renewable energy system was...[read more]

Policies Can Work in Strange Ways

July 30, 2009 by Robert Stavins

Whether the policy domain is global climate change or local hazardous waste, it’s exceptionally important to understand the interaction between public policies and technological change in order to assess the effects of laws and regulations on environmental performance.  Several years ago, my colleagues ­- Professor Lori Bennear of...[read more]