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The Energy Gang: Why Renewables Can't Be Stopped [PODCAST]

The Energy Gang talks with clean energy investment guru Michael Liebreich.In 2014, after a two-year dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and energy efficiency.Although yearly...

Posted April 27, 2015    

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

The Energy Gang chats with NRG Home CEO Steve McBee about energy customization and personal power.Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors.“There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry...

Posted April 17, 2015    

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100 percent from its electricity from renewables in 10 years, he was widely mocked by opponents. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve...

Posted April 16, 2015    

Rating Agencies, Solar Experts, and the Government Define What Makes a Perfect Solar Project

“This isn’t regulators telling the industry to do this. This is the industry agreeing that there need to be basic guidelines.”Although securitization has been limited in the residential solar sector thus far, most in the industry believe it's an...

Posted April 11, 2015    

Can a New Generation of Startups Revolutionize the Nuclear Industry?

The Energy Gang looks at the promise and pitfalls of small modular nuclear reactors.Small modular nuclear reactors are often hailed as the savior of the struggling nuclear industry.They’re cheaper, safer and more flexible than traditional light-...

Posted April 8, 2015    

As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills Gaps

New solar generation made up for four-fifths of California’s lost hydro production in 2014.In 2013, yearly electricity generation from solar trailed every renewable energy technology in California except small hydro. But over the course of a...

Posted April 3, 2015    

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the U.S. solar industry. But its looming expiration in 2017 is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?The industry’s national...

Posted March 30, 2015    

Obama Administration Quietly Seeks Extra Boost for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Can an executive order for government clean energy procurement help next-generation nuclear?President Obama is using his executive authority to encourage the government to invest in next-generation nuclear technologies.Last week, the president...

Posted March 26, 2015    

Study: Solar PV in the Built Environment Could Power California Nearly 5 Times Over

New research shows the technical potential for solar on California’s buildings and used lands is enormous.In 2007, when the cost of a rooftop solar system hovered around $8 per watt, engineer and solar advocate Bill Powers proposed an ambitious plan...

Posted March 24, 2015    

The Energy Gang: Why a Successful Cleantech Venture Capitalist Tripled Down on the Sector [PODCAST]

Nancy Pfund, the founder of DBL Investors, has supported some of the most successful modern clean energy companies, including Tesla, SolarCity, PowerLight and BrightSource.And unlike many other venture capital firms, DBL isn’t backing down from some...

Posted March 23, 2015    

An Illustrated Guide to the State of America's Clean Energy Sector

These 15 charts show where growth is strong and where it’s flat.The U.S. largely depends on fossil fuels to power its economy, but there are signs that the country is getting modestly cleaner.America has separated oil consumption and electricity...

Posted February 9, 2015    

Money Versus Morals: Why Economic Rewards Trump Polite Messaging in Efficiency

From food placement in grocery stores to the way Facebook curates newsfeeds, behavioral science is at the core of corporate strategies to maximize sales and engagement. As understanding of consumer behavior evolves, energy efficiency companies...

Posted February 6, 2015