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Who Could Benefit Most from Fair Electricity Pricing? Low-Income Customers

By Rory ChristianThese are exciting times. New York’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ (REV) has paved the way for change of unprecedented proportions. New York regulators are preparing the state for a future in which rooftop solar installations are...

Posted March 30, 2015    

Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

By Larissa KoehlerSan Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations (SONGS) Photo source: Flickr/Jason HickeyWhen the door to one power plant closes, a window to more clean energy solutions opens.It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one...

Posted March 28, 2015    

Emerging Technologies Can Pave the Way for Time-Variant Electricity Pricing

By Ronny SandovalThe amount of energy we use at any given time is constantly changing. Lights are switched on and off by time of day – other appliances, such as air conditioners, might operate based on the season. In order to meet our dynamic energy...

Posted March 27, 2015    

Carbon Pollution Standards that Begin by 2020: Vital for Climate Security, Human Health

By Nicholas Bianco, Director of Regulatory Analysis and Strategic PartnershipsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hard at work right now on the Clean Power Plan – the first ever national carbon pollution standards for power...

Posted March 26, 2015    

Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Jon GoldsteinLong familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development. Smog serious...

Posted March 24, 2015    

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

By Dick MunsonOhio shot itself in the foot last year and we’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure...

Posted March 22, 2015    

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' Just Got a Little Bit Clearer

By Elizabeth B. SteinNearly a year ago, the New York Public Service Commission (Commission) initiated a groundbreaking effort, called ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ (REV), to overhaul the longstanding electric utility business model. In the months...

Posted March 21, 2015    

Europe's Love Affair with the Investor Confidence Project Gets Serious

By Panama Bartholomy, Director of ICP EuropeThe European Commission is putting its weight behind an initiative designed to increase private investment in energy efficiency, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP). ICP is accelerating the...

Posted March 17, 2015    

Here Comes the Sun: How California is Bringing More Renewables to the Grid

By Larissa KoehlerAsk most people what the Beatles and California have in common and they might very well be at a loss. However, the answer is pretty simple: they are both unabashed trendsetters in the face of resistance – the former in their...

Posted March 14, 2015    

A Little-Known Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

By Peter Zalzal. Legal fellow Jess Portmess also contributed to this post.Unlike an oil spill, most greenhouse gas emissions are invisible to the naked eye. Though we can’t see them, this pollution represents a daily threat to our environment and...

Posted March 11, 2015    

Clean Energy Industry is Not Yet Mature, and That's a Good Thing

By Peter SopherLast year, global investment in clean, renewable sources of energy grew by a better-than-expected 16 percent to $310 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Industry watchers applauded the strong showing, but the...

Posted March 9, 2015    

Sometimes it Takes a Community to Go Solar

By Andrew BarbeauYou don’t have a south-facing roof. You have too many trees in your yard. You may not be committed to staying in your house for the next ten to fifteen years. Or maybe you rent, or don’t have the upfront money to install.These may...

Posted March 8, 2015