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America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

Solar has risen unabated in the post-recession economy, growing from 263 MW to 5.7 GW.Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy.Although most people are delighted to see...

Posted January 25, 2015    

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in his Stat of the Union speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.As...

Posted January 22, 2015    

Worries About Consumers Cutting Utility Ties Are Overblown, Say Analysts

“We believe that most people are too accustomed to the convenience and reliability of grid.”Many years ago, utilities awoke to a threat that an industry trade group warned might cause "major disruptions" to electricity supplies.Worries about the...

Posted January 18, 2015    

A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes

The high volume of installations in 2014 was the result of $15 billion of investment.In 2013, we reported that a solar installation was being completed every four minutes in America. Installation volumes have increased considerably since then....

Posted January 14, 2015    

Cape Wind Loses Power Contracts, Becomes Victim of Class Warfare

Nearly a decade and a half after it was first proposed, America's first commercial offshore wind project, Cape Wind, could be on its last legs.Recently, National Grid and NSTAR, the two companies that agreed to buy electricity from Cape Wind, said...

Posted January 9, 2015    

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

Until recently, Germany was known as the undisputed leader in clean energy. But the country's legacy may be shifting.Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly...

Posted December 26, 2014    

With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

“The full gamut of electricity-generation sources — including nuclear power — must be deployed to replace the burning of fossil fuels.”The global nuclear industry is in steady decline. Since hitting a peak in 1996 at nearly 18 percent of global...

Posted December 24, 2014    

The Top Cleantech Buzzwords and Phrases From 2014

Last year, "utility death spiral" was on our list of the top buzzphrases. A few months later, the Oxford English Dictionary included "death spiral" in its list of new words for 2014.Coincidence?GTM employees regularly use "honky-tonker," "sword and...

Posted December 21, 2014    

The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

Over the next two years, America will build roughly 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. When up and running, those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013.Why such a big...

Posted December 16, 2014    

This Map Explains Why the Ivanpah Solar Plant Is Performing Worse Than Expected

As if displaced desert tortoises, burned birds and political theater around the loan guarantee program weren't enough problems for the Ivanpah concentrating solar project, the owners are now dealing with lower-than-expected electricity production....

Posted December 10, 2014    

Germany's Biggest Utility, E.ON Is Divesting Fully From Centralized Power Plants

Executives from E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, announced plans to leave the centralized power business in order to focus exclusively on distributed energy and "empowering customers."In a strategy approved by the utility's advisory board yesterday...

Posted December 3, 2014    

New York's Energy Czar: We Need Clean Energy Markets, Not Programs or Mandates

In the wake of an election season that pitted climate warriors against coal defenders, mostly along partisan lines, progressives on energy policy were disappointed after Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate earlier this month.But not...

Posted December 2, 2014