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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]

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Let's Really Talk About Costs: A Letter to PTC Naysayers

December 19, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Production Tax Credit and Costs

With the clock ticking on the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, antagonists have been pointing to the cost of the credit and calling for its end. They highlight the fact that extending the PTC for one more year would cost the United States $6.1 billion over ten years.[read more]

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The Case for ARPA-E: The Government's Role in Bridging the Valley of Death

November 11, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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ARPA-E and Government Investment

 

This year Congress has sought to slash the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, with Congress proposing cuts of over 80%. ARPA-E has embarked on several rounds of successful funding for breakthrough clean energy tech, helping companies bridge market barriers.[read more]

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Green Economic Patriotism: The Need to Invest in America's Clean Energy Sector

October 29, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Clean Energy Investment

In 2012, the United States spent $35 billion on renewable energy – down 37% from $56 billion in 2011. The wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth is losing out in the global pursuit of clean energy to competitors such as China and India, and there is no excuse.[read more]