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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]

Renewable Tax Extenders Package Set To Emerge From Finance Committee

July 21, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Taxes and Renewables

Renewable energy is back on the docket for the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman Orrin Hatch is likely to release the draft of his bill soon. The Committee is considering a two-year extender for tax incentives for new wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and ocean energy projects during a markup.[read more]

Subsidizing Renewables for the Damage Not Done

May 13, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Renewables and Financing Models

In this divided age, few topics beyond motherhood, apple pie, and the iPhone 6 enjoy widespread public approval. So it is notable that, in a recent Gallup Poll, two out of three Americans support an increased reliance on solar and wind energy sources.[read more]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

IEA: 'The Cost of Fossil Fuels to an Economy Is Not Reduced by Subsidies; It Is Just Redistributed'

November 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Fossil Fuels and Actual Costs

Countries around the globe have committed to reducing subsidies for fossil fuels. But that commitment is not being put into practice quickly enough for cleaner energy solutions to gain a competitive edge in some regions, according to the 2014 World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency.[read more]

An Expensive Subsidy, Twisting in the Wind

May 20, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The 2014 "tax extenders" bill, S.2260, failed to pass a cloture vote in the US Senate recently. That has spoiled for now the chances of reviving the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and other (non-solar) renewables that expired at the end of last year.[read more]