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Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

As the saying goes, in the West, the whiskey’s for drinking and the water’s for fighting. While much of the attention related to EPA’s Clean Power Plan is focused, appropriately, on the emissions and economic benefits of the new standards, a ...

Posted June 2, 2015    

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

This photo of the Hoover Dam intake towers was taken by Raquel Baranow in 2014. Water elevation on that day at noon: 1086.39 ft.As the saying goes, in the West, the whiskey’s for drinking and the water’s for fighting. While much of...

Posted May 29, 2015    

Advanced Energy: Wind Booms in China, Rebounds in U.S., with Full Pipeline

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by...

Posted April 19, 2015    

Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

Throughout the country, contentious energy policy debates arise when public policy objectives are misaligned with utilities’ source of revenue.  The utility industry group the Edison Electric Institute identified this as a critical challenge in...

Posted March 11, 2015    

AC/DC: In the New Current Wars, Will Edison Win Out After All?

In the late 1800s, as the United States embarked on a public effort to electrify the country, the “War of Currents” pitted Alternating Current (AC) power against Direct Current (DC) power. On one side was Thomas Edison, an advocate of DC power....

Posted February 3, 2015    

Center for the New Energy Economy Looks Back at the 2014 State Legislative Sessions

Each year, the Center for the New Energy Economy publishes an overview of legislative trends in the advanced energy sector from state legislatures across the country. In looking at 2014, the Center found a total of 437 bills that...

Posted December 23, 2014    

Giving States the Credit They Deserve for Global Leadership

As the UN summit on climate in New York City came to a close recently, all eyes were on the United States as the world’s leading economy. Yet, those seeking action from the U.S. should actually be looking at the states and what they’re already doing...

Posted October 7, 2014    

Iowa Ruling Shows the Way to Third-Party Solar Without Legislation

Third party financing of solar energy has become a hot commodity around the country.  Historically, individuals or businesses that wanted solar power had to pay for the system up front and then realize the savings over time. Essentially, the...

Posted September 2, 2014    

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure...

Posted July 14, 2014    

National Lab Shows RPS Pays Off at Low Cost

Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have been tremendously successful in driving both renewable energy investment and deployment of renewable resources in the U.S.  Two-thirds of all non-hydro renewable capacity additions since 1998 – 46...

Posted June 16, 2014    

In Ohio, Battle Royale Over Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rages On

Ohio put energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in place in 2008. The standards have been a great success – saving money, creating jobs, diversifying resources.But no good deed goes unpunished. Some of the utilities have been slow in...

Posted May 22, 2014    

What's Needed For Effective Natural Gas Legislation?

Hydraulic Fracturing technologies combined with horizontal drilling techniques have generated access to an unprecedented volume of natural gas throughout the US.  In many of these locations, energy exploration is an entirely new industry and...

Posted January 18, 2013