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Maryland's SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

William Graves is a Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and a Senior Associate at Sol SystemsMaryland SREC Prices – On the RiseDespite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland has long flown under the radar for...

Posted May 12, 2015    

North Carolina Opts for Delayed Sunset of the State Tax Credit

Jessica Robbins is a Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and Senior Associate of Tax Equity at Sol Systems. This blog was originally posted on Sol Systems' blog. Hold onto your hats, y’all – it’s going to be a...

Posted April 29, 2015    

Nuance or Nuisance: the Challenge of State-Level Incentives in Renewable Energy Development

Barret LaChance is a Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and an Sales Manager at SunEdison.A market closes, a market opens – such are the sharp ups and downs currently inherent to renewable energy development. While solar developers are...

Posted March 4, 2015    

2015: The Year of Energy Efficiency?

Nate Kaufman is a Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and an Energy Efficiency Manager at Opower.As we reflect on 2014 and start to think about what we’re going to do differently in 2015, it’s worth taking a look at how much energy we...

Posted January 6, 2015    

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

By Zoe Berkery, a Fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and works at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in Washington, DC.“Policy has always been behind science and enlightened business,” Christiana Figueres, Executive...

Posted December 18, 2014    

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