Sign up | Login with →

Posts by Stephen Lacey Subscribe

NASA Satellite Images Show the Rapid Expansion of Utility-Scale Solar in China

Dazzle Solar.Solar is taking over the Gobi Desert in China’s Gansu province.China is a difficult solar market to track from the outside. Government subsidies are opaque and bureaucratic, interconnection problems run rampant, and non-Chinese...

Posted July 3, 2015    

Cheapest Solar Ever: Austin Energy Gets 1.2 Gigawatts of Solar Bids for Less Than 4 Cents

“We expect to see prices out in the future that are possibly below $20 a megawatt-hour.”A lot more cheap solar is coming for Austin, Texas.The city's utility, Austin Energy, just released new data on developer bids for PV projects as part of a...

Posted July 2, 2015    

Wind and Solar Will Soon Become the 'Least-Cost Option Almost Universally'

There’s no end in sight for cost reductions.The first phase of growth for renewable electricity was driven by policy. The next phase will be driven by straight economics.Two new reports on global demand for renewables forecast dramatic growth in...

Posted June 24, 2015    

The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

The Energy Gang chats with David Roberts, the prolific energy and environment columnist at Vox.After Pope Francis issued his strongly worded encyclical on climate change and the environment, many wondered how it would influence skeptical...

Posted June 22, 2015    

Investors Funnel $1.3 Billion Into the Advanced Nuclear Industry

With nuclear startups needing a decade or more to scale, investors must be patient.If the venture capital hysteria around solar manufacturing were judged by the billions of dollars invested, it could be called a great success. But the long (and...

Posted June 18, 2015    

India Boosts Its Solar Target to 100 Gigawatts by 2022

Climate Progress: India Just Upped Its Solar Target Five-FoldOn Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Cabinet approved increasing the country’s solar target five times to a goal of reaching 100 gigawatts, up from 20 GW, by 2022...

Posted June 18, 2015    

The Energy Gang: New York Energy Czar on Philosophy Behind State's Energy Transformation [PODCAST]

The Energy Gang talks with Richard Kauffman, the main architect of New York’s bold energy plan.Richard Kauffman has a lot of responsibilities as New York's "energy czar."He oversees multiple agencies and utilities, advises the governor on energy...

Posted June 15, 2015    

Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

The Energy Gang talks about a new way to understand economy-wide efficiency.We measure energy use with a commodity-based approach -- monitoring electrons, therms and gallons. But is there a better way to gauge the efficiency of the economy?Energy...

Posted June 8, 2015    

Lies, Damned Lies and Modeling: Energy Efficiency's Problem With Tracking Savings

In September of last year, consultants keeping watch over Massachusetts' energy efficiency program issued an update on the state's ability to track savings.The presentation included data about public awareness, satisfaction levels after retrofits,...

Posted June 4, 2015    

The Energy Gang Debate: Should Utilities Be Allowed to Own Rooftop Solar? [PODCAST]

It’s an issue that will get more intense as utilities move into solar.Whether the solar industry likes it or not, more regulated utilities in America are going to propose owning residential PV systems themselves. It's a controversial development.At...

Posted June 2, 2015    

Senate Bill Would Create America's First National Energy Storage Target

Senate Bill Would Create America's First National Energy Storage TargetCalifornia gave the U.S. energy storage market a boost in 2013 when regulators set a 1.3-gigawatt target for the state's three investor-owned utilities.The mandate has resulted...

Posted May 28, 2015    

The Energy Gang: Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance [PODCAST]

Over the last few years, analysts and academics worried about peak oil have been on the defensive.The fracking revolution has brought an abundance of oil and gas that no one thought possible a decade ago. So we can declare peak oil dead, right?Chris...

Posted May 18, 2015