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What's So Wrong About Ohio's Freeze on Clean Energy? As It Turns Out ... Everything

October 16, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

After nine months of hearings, the Energy Mandates Study Committee--tasked with determining the fate of Ohio's energy efficiency and renewables standards after they were "frozen" last year--released its highly anticipated report last month recommending the freeze be extended indefinitely.[read more]

California Makes Clean Energy History with Passage of SB 350

September 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Energy Legislation

Every day thousands of Americans suffer from dirty and polluted air – costing the young and old their health, livelihood, and in many cases, their lives. As California is home to the top five most polluted cities in the country, we need action.[read more]

Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main

Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]

Renewable Electricity is in Bloom in California

May 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Renewables in CA

While California never quite got a winter, we can still acknowledge that spring is here. From where I sit in Sacramento, spring means getting out and enjoying the blue skies, a last bit of cool air before a brutal summer, and oh yes, the legislature heating up on important questions of California’s energy future.[read more]

Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

April 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Legislation and Jobs

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.[read more]

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

March 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Illinois Bill Pledges More Clean Energy Jobs, Boost to Economy, and Cleaner Air

February 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Illinois and Clean Energy Jobs

Illinois is two-for-two on clean energy wins. Illinois legislators introduced a bill to spur significant new growth in the clean energy industry, creating an estimated 32,000 jobs annually across Illinois once proposed clean energy standards are fully implemented.[read more]

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

January 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John

California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.[read more]

What Will Happen When the ITC is Reduced?

December 4, 2014 by Anna Bacheller

The future of the solar industry could be uncertain after the solar investment tax credit (ITC) is reduced from 30 percent to 10 percent at the end of 2016. The ITC was originally put in place in 2006 to incentivize adoption of solar technology as an alternative to more traditional energy sources like natural gas.[read more]

The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly

Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

California Clean Energy Bill Could Open Door for Homeowners and Small Businesses

September 10, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883. This bill would significantly lower the cost of PACE, a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV.[read more]

The Promise of Shared Renewables: Will California's SB 43 Bring Solar for All?

May 7, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

California Shared Renewables

Large portions of consumers don’t have access to solar and other renewables. Whether they rent, have a shaded roof, or can’t participate for a number of other reasons, by conservative estimates 75% of Americans can’t go solar. And solar provides long-term benefits that we’d all like to share in.[read more]

What Does 'Winning' the Clean Energy Race Even Mean?

April 7, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Win the Clean Energy Race?


The Pew Charitable Trusts is out with its annual report comparing investment in clean energy among the twenty richest countries in the world. Once again China is held up as a threat to U.S. competitiveness. This type of competitive messaging is common in national policy circles.[read more]