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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    

Let's Really Talk About Costs: A Letter to PTC Naysayers

By Meghan TigheWith the clock ticking on the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, antagonists have been pointing to the cost of the credit and calling for its end. They highlight the announcement from the Congressional Joint Committee on...

Posted December 19, 2013    

The Case for ARPA-E: The Government's Role in Bridging the Valley of Death

By Eric ParkerThis year Congress has sought to slash the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, with the House of Representatives proposing cuts of over 80% to its budget. ARPA-E, created by the America COMPETES Act in 2007, has embarked...

Posted November 11, 2013    

Green Economic Patriotism: The Need to Invest in America's Clean Energy Sector

Welcome! This is the first post in a regular series coming to you from the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Our organization is devoted to training the next generation of leaders in clean energy policy. We offer a 12 week free training course to...

Posted October 29, 2013