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BLM Should Re-Think its Failed Solar Auction to Drive Innovation

December 13, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Solar Auctions and the BLM

Last month the Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held its first competitive auction for commercial solar development on public lands, offering three parcels for lease with a collective acreage of 3,700 in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.[read more]

Energy Innovation: 6 Radical Solar Energy Technologies

November 16, 2013 by Yoni Binstock
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Solar Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of reaching less than $1 a watt for complete installed solar systems by 2020. Reaching $1/watt would bring the cost of solar power to six cents/kWh, which would allow solar to grow without any subsidies.[read more]

Massachusetts Sets Itself Apart As Global Clean Energy Hub

November 5, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Massachusetts and Clean Energy

Massachusetts, a state filled with top-tier universities, is known for its entrepreneurial vision, history of innovation and spawning scientific advances. The technological gains have spread to the clean energy sector and helped expand the industry.[read more]

Record Breaking Solar Cell Efficiency From A 'Perfect Crystal'

November 2, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Solar Cell Breakthrough

Gallium is already on its way to becoming the workhorse of the solar tech field, and now a team of US scientists has hit upon an improved method for growing indium gallium nitride crystals that could lead to record-breaking solar cell efficiency.[read more]

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Does Thorium Deserve a Role in Next-Generation Nuclear Energy?

October 31, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Thorium and Next-Gen Nuclear

The advantages of thorium and liquid-fueled reactors deserve to be researched and developed in ways that would tackle climate challenges while sustaining and expanding a valuable industry. That's what China, India, Norway, South Korea, South Africa and other nations seem to have in mind.[read more]

$60 Million More For Low Cost Solar Energy

October 29, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Investment and Low Cost Solar

The cost of solar energy has already plunged a whopping 70 percent in just three years, and it is set to dive right off the charts. The Department of Energy has just announced new grants from the funding program that has been the driving force behind this success, the SunShot Initiative.[read more]

Solar Cell Efficiency Breakthrough Achieved By Channeling LEGO

October 27, 2013 by Tina Casey

LEGO and Solar Energy

Aluminum has been popping up all over the sustainable tech field, and in the latest development, an international research team has demonstrated that a nanoscale LEGO-style array of aluminum studs can improve solar cell efficiency by up to 22 percent.[read more]

Innovation Before Carbon Pricing

October 14, 2013 by Alex Trembath
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Carbon taxes are in vogue. Economists’ predilection for price signals as the universal solution has fused with environmentalists’ impulse to punish Big Oil and Big Coal to make carbon taxes the darling of the climate change debate.[read more]

Who Should Bear the Costs of Advanced Inverters?

October 10, 2013 by Stephanie Wang
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Advanced Inverters and Solar

Advanced inverters will soon be required for distributed solar generators across the country. While there is clear recognition that advanced inverters offer grid benefits, how to fairly allocate the costs involved with them is a topic of hot debate.[read more]

Substitution Effects Capping Future Oil Demand Growth

October 8, 2013 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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It is often said that the cure for high oil prices is high oil prices. History would argue that oil is a cyclical industry and that prices above competitive substitutes for oil invite fuel switching. Evidence is mounting that such substitution is already taking place.[read more]

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Part 3: Midwest Building World Class Tools to Spur Energy Innovation

October 7, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Innovation

As the United States clean energy economy continues to slowly grow, Chicago, and the Midwest more broadly, is taking a prominent role in accelerating its development. I sat down with two leading groups in this effort, the Clean Energy Trust, and the Energy Foundry.[read more]

Encouraging Innovation with the Energy Security Prize

October 5, 2013 by Robbie Diamond

Public policy can invest in basic research to ensure the freedom for companies to innovate and grow, and occasionally encourage the adoption of products which reduce negative externalities, but it's up to the efforts and successes of companies to sell what fuels the marketplace.[read more]

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Government Shutdown Damages U.S. Energy Innovation

October 1, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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The federal government has officially shutdown as of midnight, October 1st 2013. While coverage of the shutdown will focus on the political circus that is fueling it and the thousands furloughed from their jobs, it is also important to note that it’s directly impacting America’s overall energy innovation capacity.[read more]

Introducing America's Power Plan (Part 1 in a Series)

September 26, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Energy and America

 

America’s Power Plan is a policy plan curated by the Energy Foundation, in partnership with Energy Innovation. The Plan taps 150 experts to develop recommendations for dealing with rapid change in the power sector on the way to a clean energy future.[read more]

Solar Energy in the Bush

September 26, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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Australia and Solar Energy

I am sorry to inform you all that I have just spent an awesome 7 days in the remote Australian outback. Although I happened to be incommunicado for a full week, I couldn’t escape solar energy and in fact, I was actually surrounded by it![read more]