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The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

Over the last few years, analysts and academics worried about peak oil have been on the defensive.The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible a decade ago. So we can declare peak oil dead, right?Chris...

Posted May 18, 2015    

Move Over Mandates: Can a New 'Personal Energy Independence' Bill Entice Congress?

“I think it’s something that true free-market conservatives should support.”Federal policy proposals in support of clean energy are often blunt and controversial, relying mostly on mandates or targets that trouble free-market conservatives.Numerous...

Posted May 15, 2015    

Is the U.S. Market Ready for Distributed Batteries Like Tesla's Powerwall? [PODCAST]

The Energy Gang chats about how to make America a storage powerhouse.Tesla’s new stationary storage units have everyone talking about distributed batteries. But is the U.S. market ready for them?This week, we’ll talk about what needs to happen on a...

Posted May 11, 2015    

The Energy Gang: Can the US Wind Industry Get Beyond Its Boom-Bust Cycle? [PODCAST]

Wind has become a favorite target for politicians and conservative action groups looking to end energy subsidies. But industry leaders are hitting back, saying they’ll only consider dropping the production tax credit when oil and gas lose their tax...

Posted May 6, 2015    

3 Charts That Explain Why Tesla Is Developing a Battery for Homes

Behind-the-meter storage is still a small market, but Tesla is preparing for a wave of activity.All it takes is one tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to whip journalists and financial analysts into a frenzy of speculation. Last month, Musk hinted at a...

Posted May 5, 2015    

PV, Batteries, and the Smart Home: Is the Solar Industry Getting Ahead of Itself?

Leading solar companies are moving beyond PV and into home energy management. Is the mass market ready?The vision for the solar-powered smart home is compelling. By combining rooftop PV with learning thermostats, web-connected appliances, energy...

Posted April 28, 2015    

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