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Opening the Small Commercial Solar Market

Co-authored by Jim Wrathall and Morgan GerardWhile the solar market has been exploding over the past few years, the small commercial segment of the market, made up of locations like apartment buildings, office buildings, small businesses, factories...

Posted June 22, 2015    

Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

A wave of technology and innovation is fundamentally changing the way that building owners and other real estate investors are thinking about the role of electricity in real estate investments.Since the very earliest days of electricity generation...

Posted June 9, 2015    

The IMF Just Destroyed the Best Argument Against Clean Energy

For more than a decade, fossil fuel supporters have insisted that new clean energy technologies like wind and solar are far “too expensive” to replace our traditional fossil fuel dominated energy industries.  A recent report published by...

Posted June 5, 2015    

Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the End of OPEC

Editor's note: Join Energy Collective contributors and energy experts Elias Hinckley, Jesse Jenkins, Jim Pierobon, Jared Anderson, Robert Rapier, and Geoffrey Styles on Monday 1/12/15 at 12pm Eastern for a live Twitter #EnergyChat on tumbling...

Posted January 10, 2015    

Vivint Solar IPO: Residential Solar is Growing Up

Two weeks ago Vivint Solar registered for its initial public offering.  Valued at $200 million, this looks to be the latest in a series of success stories in the residential solar market.  The Vivint announcement follows the very...

Posted September 16, 2014    

Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management

By Elias Hinckley and Therese Miranda-BlackneyEnergy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of Things. Energy...

Posted August 19, 2014    

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

Energy use in the US can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil. There...

Posted July 24, 2014    

Barclays Just Threw Gasoline on the Fire that is the Battle Between Utilities and the Solar Industry

Last month Barclays downgraded the high-grade bond market for the entire electric utility sector because “we believe that a confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation and...

Posted June 16, 2014    

Climate Change and the American Economy

The 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While President...

Posted May 30, 2014    

Texas is the American Leader in Energy, So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess?

By Elias Hinckley and Clair AustinTexas both produces and consumes more energy than any state in the U.S. It controls one-quarter of U.S. proven oil reserves. Energy companies looking to grow or to establish a U.S. presence set up operations in...

Posted May 28, 2014    

Water and the Future of Energy

California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster...

Posted January 20, 2014    

The Solar Energy Industry is Red Hot - Will it Get Hotter?

The solar industry has been very hot. Record amounts of new solar capacity have been installed over the past two years. The accelerating pace of adoption of solar panels for distributed generation (installed at the point of use, rather than sold...

Posted December 11, 2013