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Solar Air-Conditioning: The Next Big Step for Solar Energy

November 16, 2015 by Mika Reichel

Air-Conditioning has become an essential part of modern society as it enables a productive and comfortable life style in hot and humid climates. The amount of installed AC systems is expected to dramatically increase in the coming decades, largely driven by economic growth in developing countries.[read more]

Changing Winds on Ways and Means: PTC Future Uncertain

November 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Whoever ends up chairing the Ways and Means committee will have an opportunity to take action on these important credits that bring huge benefits per dollar spent - let's hope they embrace that opportunity to support America's clean energy future.[read more]

Historic Opportunity to Reduce Global Fuel Subsidies

November 11, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Global Fuel Subsidies

Low crude oil prices are making the impossible possible. Back in August, the UAE rolled back gasoline and diesel subsidies, leading prices to increase by 25%. UAE’s energy minister, Suhail Al-Mazrouei, said the change was about “building a strong economy that is not dependent on government subsidies.”[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for September and October 2015 [VIDEO]

September 30, 2015 by David Thual

Energy News and Information

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws, Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the new provisional Winter Package, the State of the Energy Union, the Heating & Cooling strategy and the EU Commission's update on the SET-plan.[read more]

Major Fossil Fuel-Producing States Rely Heavily on Severance Taxes

August 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Production and Taxes

Severance taxes accounted for less than 2% of state tax collections in 2014, but in three states severance taxes provided a much larger share of total state tax revenue in that year. Pennsylvania is considering a severance tax, and currently derives less than 1% of its revenues from a well head fee.[read more]

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Understanding IRPs: How Utilities Plan for the Future

August 17, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Planning

In order for utilities to plan for meeting future energy demands in the most cost-effective way, many states require through regulation or legislation that utilities to file integrated resource plans (IRPs) with their state public utility commissions (PUCs).[read more]

Implicit Climate Subsidy Exceeds Profits at 20 Top Fossil Fuel Companies

August 14, 2015 by Chris Hope

Subsidies and Fossil Fuel Companies

I recently published a paper, along with my colleagues Paul Gilding and Jimena Alvarez. For 20 leading fossil fuel producing firms, we measured the economic cost to society of the climate change impacts caused by the use of their products, and compared this with their profits in each year from 2008 to 2012.[read more]

Why Are Taxpayer Dollars Still Being Used to Back Solar Loans?

August 12, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar Energy and Solar Loans

Massachusetts just closed a comment period on the forthcoming $30 million Mass Solar Loan program. For at least one player in the solar market, the public comment period was a chance to ask why Massachusetts is spending taxpayer money to back solar loans for qualified individuals.[read more]

Are Clean Energy Tax Credits Equitable?

July 22, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Tax Credit Fairness and Clean Energy

Over the last decade, U.S. households have received more than $18 billion in federal income tax credits for clean energy investments. In a new paper, Severin Borenstein and I use tax return data from the IRS to examine the socioeconomic characteristics of filers who receive these credits.[read more]

Wind and Solar Will Soon Become the 'Least-Cost Option Almost Universally'

June 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Wind and Solar Costs

Two new reports on global demand for renewables forecast dramatic growth in nearly every region of the world over the coming decades. While promotion policies are still important for supporting the industry, conventional technologies like wind and solar are becoming cheap enough to compete without subsidies.[read more]

The IMF Just Destroyed the Best Argument Against Clean Energy

June 5, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

Fossil fuel supporters have insisted that wind and solar are far “too expensive” to replace fossil fuels. A recent report published by the IMF has put a price on the direct and indirect subsidies that support fossil fuels as a counter argument to the renewables are “too expensive” message. The numbers are staggering.[read more]

EPA's Blown Call on Ethanol

June 2, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Last Friday the US Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited proposal for untangling a broken federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Although it provides all parties with greater certainty, it fails to resolve the regulation's fundamental flaws.[read more]

The Energy Gang Debate: Should Utilities Be Allowed to Own Rooftop Solar? [PODCAST]

June 2, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities and Solar Ownership

Whether the solar energy industry likes it or not, more regulated utilities in America are going to propose the idea and policy of owning residential PV systems themselves. It is a very controversial development in the renewable energy industry.[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

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