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Water and the Future of Energy

California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster...

Posted January 20, 2014    

The Solar Energy Industry is Red Hot - Will it Get Hotter?

The solar industry has been very hot. Record amounts of new solar capacity have been installed over the past two years. The accelerating pace of adoption of solar panels for distributed generation (installed at the point of use, rather than sold...

Posted December 11, 2013    

Securitization: The Future of Solar Finance

The energy finance community has been eagerly anticipating the introduction of solar asset-backed securities – “solar securitization,”  – for at least three years, and may be waiting for another year or more. But sooner or later, securitization...

Posted November 6, 2013    

Uncertainty and Investment: The Real Danger to the Coal Industry

Supporters of coal have called the planned new rules from the EPA on CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation a war on coal and have pledged to fight the rule-making process. It is true that there will almost certainly not be a new coal-fired...

Posted October 28, 2013    

Why Utility Downgrades are a Big Deal

Electric utilities are facing an unprecedented set of challenges. Demand for electricity, which had risen in a fairly steady manner for decades has flattened. Some of this can be attributed to the lack of economic growth. Increasingly, however, this...

Posted September 19, 2013    

Lessons From the Beginning of the End of America's Coal Industry

Lessons From the Beginning of the End of America’s Coal IndustryOnly a few short years ago the U.S. coal industry enjoyed a mini-renaissance with several new large power plants brought on line in 2010 and 2011, which at the time firmly entrenched...

Posted August 28, 2013    

5 Reasons Good Energy Projects Don't Get Financed

Most energy projects never get beyond the development process. There are many reasons for this, but failure to obtain financing has derailed an increasing number of projects over the past few years. The most common reason is the fundamental...

Posted July 26, 2013    

Building Bipartisan Collaboration on Energy Competition?

All indications are that the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (“ESIC”) introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D.-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R.-Ohio) will be brought to the Senate floor for debate once Gina McCarthy’s nomination...

Posted July 19, 2013