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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

Throughout the country, contentious energy policy debates arise when public policy objectives are misaligned with utilities’ source of revenue.  The utility industry group the Edison Electric Institute identified this as a critical challenge in...

Posted March 11, 2015    

AC/DC: In the New Current Wars, Will Edison Win Out After All?

In the late 1800s, as the United States embarked on a public effort to electrify the country, the “War of Currents” pitted Alternating Current (AC) power against Direct Current (DC) power. On one side was Thomas Edison, an advocate of DC power....

Posted February 3, 2015    

Center for the New Energy Economy Looks Back at the 2014 State Legislative Sessions

Each year, the Center for the New Energy Economy publishes an overview of legislative trends in the advanced energy sector from state legislatures across the country. In looking at 2014, the Center found a total of 437 bills that...

Posted December 23, 2014    

Giving States the Credit They Deserve for Global Leadership

As the UN summit on climate in New York City came to a close recently, all eyes were on the United States as the world’s leading economy. Yet, those seeking action from the U.S. should actually be looking at the states and what they’re already doing...

Posted October 7, 2014    

Iowa Ruling Shows the Way to Third-Party Solar Without Legislation

Third party financing of solar energy has become a hot commodity around the country.  Historically, individuals or businesses that wanted solar power had to pay for the system up front and then realize the savings over time. Essentially, the...

Posted September 2, 2014    

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure...

Posted July 14, 2014    

National Lab Shows RPS Pays Off at Low Cost

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have been tremendously successful in driving both renewable energy investment and deployment of renewable resources in the U.S.  Two-thirds of all non-hydro renewable capacity additions since 1998 – 46...

Posted June 16, 2014    

In Ohio, Battle Royale Over Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rages On

Ohio put energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in place in 2008. The standards have been a great success – saving money, creating jobs, diversifying resources.But no good deed goes unpunished. Some of the utilities have been slow in...

Posted May 22, 2014    

What's Needed For Effective Natural Gas Legislation?

Hydraulic Fracturing technologies combined with horizontal drilling techniques have generated access to an unprecedented volume of natural gas throughout the US.  In many of these locations, energy exploration is an entirely new industry and...

Posted January 18, 2013    

Expanding State Clean Energy Funds for Economic Development

A new Brookings Report was released this month that could change the nature of clean energy technology incentives.  The report, primarily authored by Brookings Fellow, Mark Muro and Clean Energy Group Director Lew Milford, looks at clean energy...

Posted January 18, 2012    

Case Study: Boulder Colorado Takes Action On Climate Change

Twenty years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists had a t-shirt that showed a melting earth with a smiley face drawn on it to illustrate the Bush (41) approach to addressing climate change.  At the time, advocates were stymied by an...

Posted November 7, 2011