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Maryland's SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

Maryland Energy Market Innovation

Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland flies under the radar for developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market doesn't command the same level of attention as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey.[read more]

North Carolina Opts for Delayed Sunset of the State Tax Credit

State Tax Credits and Legislative Inaction

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill offering a soft landing to the official end date for the state’s 35% state tax credit. While the tax credit cliff is scheduled for December 31, 2015, new legislation will extend eligibility for projects that are “significantly complete” but not operational by the end of 2015.[read more]

Nuance or Nuisance: the Challenge of State-Level Incentives in Renewable Energy Development

States and Renewables Policy

A market closes, a market opens – such are the sharp ups and downs currently inherent to renewables development. Incentives in the US are currently decided at the state level. This adds challenge to an already inherently complex business, and more should be done to create parallel structures across state lines.[read more]

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

December 18, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

International Negotiations and Private Energy Investment

Simultaneous support and action from both business and government is difficult, especially with climate change and clean energy. The reality is often a chicken or the egg question of whether policy should come first and give business the confidence to invest, or whether business interests shape the policy.[read more]

Embracing our Best Shot at a Low-Carbon Future

November 13, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Low-Carbon Future with Nuclear Energy

Environmentalists and their critics often struggle to find common ground, but the one issue they agree on is their resistance to nuclear energy. Nuclear energy in the United States has invoked knee-jerk opposition since the Three Mile Island crisis in 1979.[read more]

Clean and Reliable, But Not so Cheap: Is the Nuclear Renaissance About to Get a Reboot in the UK?

October 24, 2014 by Oliver Kerr
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Nuclear Energy in the UK

"Nothing that comes after will be able to detract from the importance of this first great step forward." Here Sir Edwin Plowden is referring not to the UK’s latest foray into nuclear power, but rather to the grand opening of Britain’s first atomic plant more than half a century previously, in October 1956.[read more]

(Don't) Drill, Baby, Drill: Economic, Environmental, and Military Conflicts Associated with Offshore Drilling

Offshore Drilling Conflicts

In 2008, a 25-year congressional prohibition on offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast ended, opening it up to energy exploration and poising it to be the next energy frontier. The intersection of increased energy prices and rising demand made drilling in this area an appealing endeavor.[read more]

Jobs: The Number One Word Clean Energy Advocates Should Be Using

Clean Energy and Jobs

Ads from the oil and gas industry with job-centric taglines are popping up all over D.C., implying that while renewables may have feel-good qualities, fossil fuels still power the economy and provide jobs. There’s just one problem: Clean energy does provide a lot of jobs, with the potential for many more.[read more]

Know Your Audience: Energy Efficiency and the Small Commercial Class

Efficiency and Small Commercial Class

Investment in energy efficiency saves money, enhances productivity and competitiveness. Yet energy efficiency is underutilized by the small commercial sector. A survey found that 52 percent of small commercial businesses see cash flow as the primary barrier to investing in energy efficiency.[read more]

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Why Liberals Shouldn't Be Afraid of Big Money

Climate Change Politics

Liberals everywhere: It is time for a different kind of climate legislation. For the US energy economy to power itself, it must develop new relationships with Wall Street. There are good reasons why anyone interested in avoiding climate disaster needs to be open to this idea.[read more]

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The Burden of Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection on Residential Solar PV Deployment

Residential Solar Costs

Over the last few years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has witnessed an unprecedented growth in residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations while also confronting new obstacles that have arisen on the path to widespread deployment.[read more]

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Utility Scale Solar Energy: North Carolina's Emergent Success

February 27, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

North Carolina Solar

North Carolina politics are always lively, and often paradoxical. The General Assembly has made the news several times this year for enacting some of the most controversial conservative policies in the country. Conversely, for the first time in 32 years, it went blue in the 2008 presidential election.[read more]

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Why Venture Capitalists are No Longer Seeing 'Green': And How the Sector Will Overcome

February 19, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

VC and Green Investment

As a sector, cleantech did not prove to be a profitable investment for many of the venture capitalists who were zealous about the idea of a triple bottom line underlying their investments. Investment in cleantech, especially after 2005 when the price of gas hit $50 per barrel, seemed logical.[read more]

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Vermont Wind Energy: Why 'Must Take' Wouldn't Be a Mistake

December 21, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Vermont Wind Energy

Shutdowns and cutbacks of Vermont wind farms in January, July, and October by the New England Independent System Operator were hard to understand, harder to accept, and served to pull back the curtain on who has the authority to decide what power can and can’t be generated and used in Vermont.[read more]

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Obama's Climate Action Plan 101

December 20, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Obama Climate Plan

Obama's climate action consists of a wide variety of executive actions, but has three main pillars: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America, 2) prepare the US for the impacts of climate change, and 3) lead international efforts to address global climate change.[read more]