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Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

October 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

The urgency of climate change demands solutions that work. So, a clear-eyed assessment of how well policies and programs perform is critical, no matter the results. Using rigorous evidence to inform policy design and implementation is the only way to ensure that we effectively confront climate change.[read more]


80-Year Old Law Determines Whether Demand Response Can Bid in to Wholesale Electricity Markets

October 5, 2015 by Ari Peskoe

Demand response is an important tool for creating a flexible power grid. But the fate of a key financing and deployment mechanism for DR is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. This article explains the legal debate and concludes that the court's decision could have implications for other energy technologies.[read more]

Community Solar: PV for the Rest of Us

October 2, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Community Solar and Local Energy

More and more, across the U.S., consumers want access to solar energy. However, only 13.5% of homes have rooftops suitable for solar. In what many are hailing as the solution - community solar - the remaining 86.5% of households could benefit from solar power as if the panels were installed on their homes.[read more]


Rural Electrification in Rwanda: Technical and Policy Challenges

October 1, 2015 by Vivian Li

Rwanda Energy Poverty and Access

Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, has demonstrated an impressive commitment to moving past the tragedy that befell them in the early 1990’s. Today, the country is ambitiously running forward with its development goals, including energy access.[read more]

Rural Energy Access in India: A Comprehensive Report

October 1, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

India and Energy Access

Rural energy poverty is increasingly recognized as a major obstacle to sustainable economic development in developing countries. The United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative has played an important role in the international policy effort.[read more]


The Winds of Change: Wind Energy PPAs Are the Future for Data Centers

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Wind Energy and Data Centers

In the cutting-edge tech industry, it’s not surprising that big name companies are at the forefront of green energy. This new energy market harnesses the power of renewable resources to generate electricity instead of relying on oil, gas and nuclear plants.[read more]

The Beginners Guide to Lower Heating Bills: For Tenants, Owners and Homelovers

September 25, 2015 by Lindsay Wilson

Controlling Heating Bills

In an ideal world our homes would be so well insulated that our bodies and appliances would produce enough heat to keep us warm in winter. Of course life is never ideal, and the chances are you don’t live in a passivhaus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of what you’ve got![read more]

Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

September 23, 2015 by America's Power Plan

DER Management

A new report from America's Power Plan investigates the question, "who should own and operate distributed energy resources?" It turns out there there are many options for who can own and operate DERs—and any of them can work, as long as the revenue streams are designed or adjusted appropriately.[read more]

Reducing Climate Injustice to the Poor Is Within Our Reach

September 22, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Pope Francis and Climate Justice

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis describes the immorality of a society based on over-consumption, which takes from the earth more than can be sustained, and chokes our land and our oceans and our atmosphere with waste. The Pope describes the injustice of the "economy of exclusion."[read more]

Rethinking ESS Certification: Is There a Better Way?

September 21, 2015 by James Greenberger

A binary, pass-fail system of certification for ESS systems threatens a dangerous disconnect between public interest and private industry. While minimum safety standards are necessary, real progress in ESS safety will come only when safety becomes an inseparable part of the economics of energy storage.[read more]

Texas Mulls the Market Power of Distributed Energy Resources

September 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Texas and Resource Decisions and Policy

Over the course of this summer, the Republic of Texas grid operator ERCOT started working on ideas for opening the state’s energy markets to distributed energy resources, by allowing the grid-scale aggregation of rooftop customer-sited generators.[read more]

Are We Too Fixated on Rural Electrification?

September 15, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

Rural Electrification

“Rural electrification” and “energy access” are catchphrases in many energy and development circles. Multilateral lending agencies, many NGOs and the UN are highlighting the 1.3 billion people who currently do not have electricity in their homes.[read more]

Solar Will Soon Be the Dominant Generation Source for Microgrids

September 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Microgrids

Trane and Alstom Grid were recently awarded $5 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to build a wastewater treatment microgrid that will incorporate solar energy at the Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant in Santa Rosa, California.[read more]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

September 14, 2015 by Darek Letkiewicz

Community Microgrids

City leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. Taking into account the priorities of city leaders here are four good reasons for cities and towns to pursue microgrids.[read more]

Landmark Climate Law Directs Electric Utilities to Displace Oil Companies

September 14, 2015 by Max Baumhefner

Climate Law and California

Within 15 years, California will generate at least half of its electricity from renewable resources and double savings from energy efficiency gains, two milestones included in Senate Bill (SB) 350. News coverage of this bill prior to its passage overlooked these monumental targets.[read more]