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Export Natural Gas to Accelerate Our Clean Energy Future

Advances in drilling and fracturing underground rock (a.k.a. "fracking") have unlocked massive supplies of natural gas previously trapped deep under the United States, positioning the U.S. to become the world’s largest producer of natural gas by...

Posted December 18, 2012    

Beyond Oil: IEA Report Confirms Leading Role for Renewables

IEA's World Energy Outlook 2012 generated a flurry of stories about the prediction the U.S. will emerge as the world's leading oil producer by 2020. While it is important news, it is only one of several profound shifts occuring in...

Posted December 4, 2012    

Tuning Up the President's Message on Climate Change

Was it just me or did President Obama sound unprepared for a question on climate change at his press conference on Wednesday? Considering climate change is a top national issue, I was expecting a much stronger response from the President. Here's a...

Posted November 17, 2012    

Obama's Re-election: A Mandate for Clean Energy?

With President Obama’s victory tonight, the renewable energy industry keeps an important ally in the White House. The win comes at a time when energy is rising in national importance. Given the extent to which the opposition made renewable energy an...

Posted November 7, 2012    

Survey Says: Americans Favor Pro-Climate Candidates

Since the defeat of US carbon legislation in 2010, conventional political wisdom has held that climate was a losing issue. Politicians left and right have sought to distance themselves or even reverse their positions on climate change. And...

Posted August 17, 2012    

Community Scale Solar: No Roof Required

One of the unique features of solar power is that it can be installed almost anywhere at almost any scale. And yet by some estimates 75% of homeowners and businesses are frustrated in their pursuit of solar power because they don't have the...

Posted August 1, 2012    

What would it take to develop Arizona solar?

I learned a great fact about Arizona recently when I was in Phoenix for the Arizona Solar Summit. The state’s economic priority list has historically revolved around what are known as the “Five C’s”: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate.Just...

Posted April 11, 2012    

Can Renewable Energy Policy Survive US Politics?

This post also ran on The Hill's Congress Blog in advance of comments I'll be making at this week's ACORE's National Policy Forum. There’s a chill in the air that hints at the stormy weather ahead for renewable energy. After several years of success...

Posted December 6, 2011    

What The NYTimes' Got Wrong on Energy Subsidies

The New York Times posted yet another error-riddled article last Friday on clean energy. This one, titled "A Gold Rush of Subsidies in Clean Energy Search," purports to describe the "banquet" of "lucrative" subsidies that result in "windfalls" to...

Posted November 15, 2011    

A Trade War With China Will Decimate US Solar

I've been getting up to speed on the trade proceeding initiated by SolarWorld that seeks to impose punitive duties on US companies that import Chinese solar modules. What I've learned is chilling. The nightmare that is likely to unfold will have...

Posted November 3, 2011    

Cleantech's 'Blame China' Game

Rumors are swirling about the next shoe to drop in the campaign against renewable energy. A handful of struggling solar manufacturers are expected to announce they are joining a petition to the International Trade Commission and the US Department of...

Posted October 26, 2011    

Solyndra - Let's Keep It Real Folks

Election year politics ensure that Solyndra is going to get at least a full news cycle's worth of attention. Here are some interesting facts to consider as the Solyndra kerfluffle builds steam: Solyndra was a very small piece of the policy picture...

Posted September 15, 2011