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More Details Emerge About How New York Regulators Plan to Restructure Utilities

August 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York and Energy Planning

New York electricity regulators released a white paper on ratemaking and utility business models to be considered as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, which seeks to transform distribution utilities into energy platform providers, encourage distributed generation, and eliminate electricity peaks.[read more]

Companies Pledge Climate Action

July 31, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Thirteen companies took a public stand for climate action at the White House recently, pledging to reduce heat-trapping emissions, increase clean energy investments, improve efficiency, and support efforts to reach a global climate agreement this year in Paris.[read more]

Can Hillary Promote Clean Energy Without Attacking the Fossil Fuel Industry?

July 30, 2015 by Aya Elizabeth Kusch
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Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton's climate plan is a probably a good start, but if she is going to take a solidified position on climate change and actually attempt to see it through, then she is going to have to embrace some controversial positions.[read more]

Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?

July 30, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Small Scale Solar Success

When it comes to solar installations on small and medium-sized businesses, the 30-kilowatt to 500-kilowatt range is a no-man's land for installers. According to SolarCity's CEO, it's been "difficult to service this market cost-effectively," despite the SMB market being "bigger than the large commercial business market."[read more]

Level the Playing Field for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

July 28, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Fair Markets for Fuel Cell Vehicles?

Zero-emission vehicles will be a major market sector of future automobiles, due to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce reliance on oil. Fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles are the only two commercialized ZEVs available to consumers today.[read more]

Regional Coordination and Markets: Key to a Renewable Energy Future

July 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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In the Western U.S. a major change in how the electrical system is operated is underway. It is driven by economics, environment, and reliability concerns. This change, from a balkanized, inefficiently operated grid to a coordinated, consolidated grid may just be the key to our renewable energy future.[read more]

Feeding the Beast: SunEdison Plans to Buy Vivint Solar for $2.2 Billion

July 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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SunEdison and Vivint Solar

With yet another multi-billion-dollar acquisition now in the works, SunEdison isn't just strengthening its position as one of the world's top renewable energy developers -- it is on a mission to become one of the largest energy companies in any sector.[read more]

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]

The Energy Gang: Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain [PODCAST]

July 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Two countries with great renewable energy resources in the world -- Australia and Spain -- are also hostile to the industry. Australia just changed its national policies for renewables, upsetting project development plans. And Spain proposed yet another tax on storage systems to discourage self-consumption.[read more]

Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

July 16, 2015 by Jeffrey Karp
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Questions on Microgrids

The traditional electricity distribution model can be viewed as a “macrogrid,” using a centrally located power station to provide electricity to an extensive territory. This model was designed during the early days of electrification with the objective of providing power to as many customers as possible.[read more]

Hawai'i: The Next Frontier

July 15, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Hawai'i Utilities

Aloha, dear readers. I just got to spend some time with a number of the world’s smartest economists on Oahu and some vacation time on Maui. Hawai’i is an awesome place. Not only because of its pristine beaches, balmy waters and glorious sunsets, but because of the energy challenges and opportunities it faces.[read more]

There's a Civil War Brewing Over Solar in Florida

July 14, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Fight in Florida

City officials clash over a petition to expand third-party solar sales in the state.

Florida has a lot of laws banning odd things. Public buildings are not allowed to install doors that open inward; skateboarding anywhere in the state is illegal without a permit. These legacy laws are never enforced. But there's another that is enforced every day: a ban on third-party sales of solar electricity.[read more]

The Scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes Undermines Trust in Government's Commitment to Energy Efficiency

July 14, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group
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The government’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes target plus the equivalent for non-domestic houses is a major setback for achieving a low carbon UK and will undermine the credibility of the policy mix on building energy efficiency and beyond.[read more]

Technological Advancements Support Sustainability

July 9, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Sustainability and Tech

As the respected Worldwatch Institute cites in its 2015 global status report, released in June 2015, renewable energy continued to grow during 2014 against the backdrop of increasing global energy consumption, particularly in developing countries, and a dramatic decline on oil prices.[read more]

Do Residential Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver?

July 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie
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Energy Efficiency Actual Effects

We recently released a paper presenting the findings of a first-of-its kind, randomized controlled evaluation of the returns to some common residential energy efficiency investments. The study’s context is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program, the Weatherization Assistance Program.[read more]