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Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Mandates: What Gives?

January 19, 2013 by Peter Z. Grossman
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The basic question for proponents of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) is this: What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to reduce carbon emissions? Are you trying to keep future electric rates affordable? None of these goals are accomplished by the RPS.[read more]

California Reduces CO2 Emissions for Third Year in a Row

January 17, 2013 by Tom Schueneman
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California’s CO2 emissions fell in 2011 for the third straight year, putting the state in a good position for meeting its target of reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARP) and as mandated by California AB32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). Since businesses...[read more]

Smart Grid Policy Trends to Watch in 2013

January 8, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

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The large-scale rollouts of smart meters heralded one of the first noticeable machine to machine (M2M) communications deployments.   It also launched a series of conversations about safety and privacy concerns, which will continue to play out in many other M2M applications.  DOE ARPA-E funding jumpstarted an interesting...[read more]

Do Lighting Standard Delays Threaten Consumer Choice?

December 21, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

In just under two weeks, standard 100 Watt incandescent light bulbs will be officially banned in the US, in the first step of a gradual phaseout of Edison's technology. However, as a result of recent Congressional action, enforcement of this regulation has been delayed by about a year, leaving the bulbs and the retailers who sell them in a temporary limbo.[read more]

What The NYTimes' Got Wrong on Energy Subsidies

November 15, 2011 by Arno Harris

The New York Times posted yet another error-riddled article last Friday on clean energy. This one, titled "A Gold Rush of Subsidies in Clean Energy Search," purports to describe the "banquet" of "lucrative" subsidies that result in "windfalls" to renewable energy project investors. Rather than catalog all the errors made by the Times,...[read more]

Renewable Energy Bill Approved by California Senate

February 25, 2011 by Chris de Morsella

California’s Senate has just passed some important new renewable energy legislation that will, if approved in the Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, require utilities operating in the state to obtain one third of their electricity from renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar or geothermal. This is a big...[read more]

Texas wind power: It isn’t about the RPS

May 18, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Texas did it again, it achieved it’s target for new renewable power generation capacity years ahead of schedule. And so, of course, as it becomes increasingly obvious that the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is essentially irrelevant to growth in wind power, the Texas RPS is increasingly held up as a success and model for...[read more]

Making Money with Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC)

May 10, 2010 by Chip Gaul
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By Alexis C. Jolly In addition to the federal investment tax credit, in which 30% of your solar investment can be written off against your taxes no matter where you live, states like New Jersey have begun to offer tremendous local incentives for residents to adopt solar lifestyles.  One of those incentives is known as a Solar...[read more]