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Embracing our Best Shot at a Low-Carbon Future

By Narayan Subramanian, Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership InstituteEnvironmentalists and their critics often struggle to find common ground, but the one issue they agree on is their resistance to nuclear energy. Nuclear energy in the United...

Posted November 13, 2014    

(Don't) Drill, Baby, Drill: Economic, Environmental, and Military Conflicts Associated with Offshore Drilling

By Tess EngebretsonIn 2008, a 25-year congressional prohibition on offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast ended, opening it up to energy exploration and poising it to be the next energy frontier. The intersection of increased energy prices and...

Posted May 29, 2014    

Jobs: The Number One Word Clean Energy Advocates Should Be Using

 By Mark DenninJames Carville’s old adage, “It’s the economy, stupid!” is once again relevant.Ads funded by the oil and gas industry featuring job-centric taglines are popping up on national television and buses and billboards all over D.C....

Posted May 26, 2014    

Know Your Audience: Energy Efficiency and the Small Commercial Class

By Alissa BurgerInvestment in energy efficiency saves money, enhances productivity and competitiveness, and is highly cost-effective. Yet energy efficiency is often underutilized by the small commercial sector. A National Small Business Association...

Posted April 25, 2014    

Why Liberals Shouldn't Be Afraid of Big Money

By Jessica ChurchLiberals everywhere: It is time for a different kind of climate legislation.In order for the U.S. energy economy to power itself into the future, it must develop new relationships with Wall Street. This idea may not appeal to the...

Posted March 25, 2014    

The Burden of Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection on Residential Solar PV Deployment

By Bettina BergooThe Hard Hit of Soft Costs In the last few years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has witnessed unprecedented growth in residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations while also confronting new obstacles that have arisen on the...

Posted March 13, 2014    

Utility Scale Solar Energy: North Carolina's Emergent Success

By Lauren ShwisbergNorth Carolina politics are always lively, sometimes infuriating, and often paradoxical. The North Carolina General Assembly has made the news several times this year for enacting some of the most controversial conservative...

Posted February 27, 2014    

Why Venture Capitalists are No Longer Seeing 'Green': And How the Sector Will Overcome

By Lauren ShwisbergThe verdict is in: as a sector, cleantech did not prove to be a profitable investment for many of the venture capitalists (VCs) who were zealous about the idea of a triple bottom line underlying their investments. Investment in...

Posted February 19, 2014    

Obstructing Maine's Business and Energy Future: Why Governor LePage is Standing in the Way of Wind Energy

Posted by Andy EstradaMaine is a potential hotbed for new wind energy production. Over the past decade, hundreds of wind turbines have been constructed, many in rural areas. These wind energy projects have created hundreds of jobs and now power...

Posted February 5, 2014    

Toward a New Clean Energy Politics

By Tripp BrockwayOn November 5th, Virginians traveled to the polls to elect a new governor. The election was marked by ambivalence, as the candidates for Virginia’s highest office were exceptionally unpopular, even within their own parties. The...

Posted December 24, 2013    

Vermont Wind Energy: Why 'Must Take' Wouldn't Be a Mistake

By Thomas AshleyShutdowns and cutbacks of Vermont wind farms in January, July, and early October by the New England Independent System Operator (ISO) were hard to understand, harder to accept, and served to pull back the curtain (Wizard of Oz style...

Posted December 21, 2013    

Obama's Climate Action Plan 101

By Alyssa FriedlanderOn June 25, 2013, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s Climate Action Plan during a speech at Georgetown University.  This plan, which consists of a wide variety of executive actions, has three pillars: 1) Cut...

Posted December 20, 2013