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Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[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]

From Shopping to Investing, Online Platforms Are Changing the Business of Solar

September 21, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Shopping for Solar Online?

When EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal looked at the results of his company's solar-homeowner survey conducted earlier this year, he was happy to see they validated his instincts. In one question, the 4,000 homeowners who participated were asked where they got the idea to buy solar.[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]

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]

Dominion to Offer Community Solar, Minus the Community and the Solar

September 10, 2015 by Ivy Main

Domnion and Solar Offerings

Dominion Virginia Power has a new scheme to extract money from customers who want to buy solar, without actually selling them solar. The solar hopefuls are to be bilked of extra payments on their utility bills by the promise of having their drab fossil electricity turned into golden sunlight-powered electrons.[read more]

California Takes the Lead on Climate Policy

September 9, 2015 by Steven Cohen

With nearly 40 million people, California is our largest state by population and is in many ways the embodiment of the contemporary American Dream. California has long led the nation in environmental policy. Polling data in the state reports deep and broad support for protecting the environment.[read more]

Property Owners Increasingly Embracing Energy Efficiency Technologies

September 4, 2015 by Merrill Kramer

Green Ownership

Building owners and construction companies are increasingly embracing energy efficiency technologies as a way to improve their bottom line by reducing their energy and operational costs, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.[read more]

America's Utility-Scale Solar Generation Is 31 Times Higher Today Than a Decade Ago

September 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Growth in the Long Term

There was a time when utility-scale solar hit a snag in America. California utilities were reaching the upper limits of their renewable energy mandates, concentrating solar power costs were not coming down, and investors had turned their attention to residential PV. But that moment passed fairly quickly.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

Real Energy and Cost Savings. Right Now. Here, in Texas

August 28, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and Energy Savings

We are nearing the end of another successful season of EDF Climate Corps, the 8-year-old program run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that “embeds” grad students inside companies to find ways to save energy and money and lower carbon emissions.[read more]

US Energy Future - Energy Efficiency, Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

August 27, 2015 by Willem Post

The U.S. could achieve a 50% reduction of primary energy via energy efficiency measures, and build-outs of wind and solar systems, so that the energy available to provide for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation energy requirements remains nearly unchanged.[read more]

At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar Energy in Virginia: Tony Smith

August 26, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Solar Energy Forefront in Virginia

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for the implementation of cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.[read more]

White House Announcement Means 'Today Is a Very Big Day for PACE'

August 25, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

White House Policy and PACE

Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the United States were cleared recently with an announcement made by President Obama at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.[read more]