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Are Clean Energy Tax Credits Equitable?

July 22, 2015 by Lucas Davis
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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]

Our Clean Energy Future: Batteries (Maybe) Included

June 9, 2015 by Curtis Seymour
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America’s electricity system is transforming, driven by new, clean technologies—batteries not included. Depending on how the portfolio of clean energy is deployed, it may be a long time before we actually need batteries to achieve a low-carbon electricity system. The jury is still out on the topic.[read more]

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Electric Utilities Must Steer Clear Of Never-Never Land

June 1, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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Electric Utilities

Reporters spend a great deal of time reading—so much so that at times the corporate PR begins to blend together, blah, blah, blah, I’ve heard it all before. But a press release I read this week from Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. snapped me back to reality.[read more]

In the Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (and Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

April 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Drought Risk and Clean Energy

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'A Very Positive Market Signal that Clean Energy is the Future'

March 8, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Clean Energy and the Market

John Podesta, Counselor to the President, who oversees climate change and energy policy for the administration is departing the White House. He discussed the administration’s efforts on climate policy in an interview with the Washington Post.[read more]

The New (and Improved) Electric Grid in California

March 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Electric Grid

 

During the day, California routinely gets more than 15 percent of its power needs from solar energy, which produces no harmful air pollution. That's enormously helpful for our environment and public health. It also means that the people who operate the grid don't need to find as much electricity elsewhere.[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

Demand Response: A Valuable Tool that Can Help California Realize its Clean Energy Potential

February 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response Potential

California got an early start on creating laws and policies to cut carbon pollution, and is now reaping the benefits of these policies through reduced emissions and healthy economic growth. That said, California can’t cut carbon emissions and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels without having alternatives to choose from.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices Won't Hurt Clean Energy

January 26, 2015 by Devashree Saha
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Green Energy and Oil Price Effects

The price of crude oil has crashed in the past few months. That’s bad for the clean energy sector, right? Actually, not necessarily. Not only do falling oil prices have limited impact on clean energy, but the latest price volatility only underscores how unstable petroleum sources remain.[read more]

Could Low Oil Prices Be a Positive Sign for the Carbon Removal Field?

January 15, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Low fossil fuel prices hurt the viability of low-carbon alternatives, and are regarded as a negative development in the fight against climate change. But for the emerging class of carbon dioxide removal climate solutions, falling fossil fuel prices could prove positive, offering new opportunities for development.[read more]

2014: A Positive Sign of What's to Come in Clean Energy

January 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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2014 and the Clean Energy Future

The New Year is a time for thoughtful reflection on the past, beginning with a look back on the previous twelve months and all that they brought to us. A quick scan of the United States climate and energy news in 2014 will tell you it was a very big year.[read more]

Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

January 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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China, the United State, and Clean Energy

With a new year comes new promises and opportunities, and that also goes for the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.[read more]

Cape Wind Loses Power Contracts, Becomes Victim of Class Warfare

January 9, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Nearly a decade and a half after it was first proposed, America's first commercial offshore wind project, Cape Wind, could be on its last legs. Recently, National Grid and NSTAR, companies that agreed to buy electricity from Cape Wind, said they were scrapping their power purchase agreements with the developer.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

So, how do we Make Sustainability ... Sustainable?

December 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Sustainable Sustainability

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This shift, where clean energy is beginning to compete head-to-head with traditional energy sources, calls for a change in perspective.[read more]