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Don't Write Off Energy Efficiency, It's Just About to have its Day.

By Matt Golden, Senior Energy Finance ConsultantA few days ago, economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley released a study that called into question the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. The...

Posted June 30, 2015    

The Common Goals of the Pope and Clean Energy

By Paul StinsonPope Francis turned a keen eye toward the environment and the problem of climate change with his encyclical,“Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”), released yesterday. As a clean energy advocate, I’m heartened that Pope Francis recognizes...

Posted June 26, 2015    

California Leaders See Climate Action as a Winning Political Issue

By Lauren FaberIt’s always inspiring to see people stand up and fight for issues that matter to them. In our world, when politics can at times seem petty or backwards, it’s especially uplifting to see politicians do this. And that’s exactly what’s...

Posted June 5, 2015    

Community Choice Programs Empower Electricity Customers in New York and Beyond

By Paul Fenn, Founder and President of Local Power Inc.New York has embarked on a major energy reform that will change the way electricity is produced, distributed, and priced in the state. The effort, called ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ (REV) has...

Posted June 4, 2015    

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

By Ben RatnerEurope’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It’s nice to hear that some of the biggest players in the global oil and gas industry...

Posted May 27, 2015    

Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

By Beia SpillerWith time-variant pricing, people can choose to run their dishwashers at times of day when electricity is less expensive.New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to...

Posted May 20, 2015    

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

By Dick MunsonSource: via Wikimedia CommonsMicrogrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system.At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their...

Posted May 18, 2015    

Kentucky Adopts Innovative PACE Clean Energy Financing Tool

By Jeremy Faust, Strategic Business Development Director, Greater Cincinnati Energy AllianceIn a surprising show of bi-partisanship, lawmakers in one of the nation’s more conservative states came together last month to approve a major victory for...

Posted May 17, 2015    

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

By Marita MirzatunySource: flickr/genphysThere is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes...

Posted May 16, 2015    

Is 15% of the Global Clean Energy Market Good Enough?

By Paul StinsonHow does 15 percent measure up?If you’re talking about a baseball batting average, 15 percent puts you on the first fast and joyless train to Mudville. If you’re talking about return on savings with today’s interest rates, ...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America's Century-Old Energy Market?

By Gavin PurchasApple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and buy clean energy directly from a third-party solar provider. For Apple, the big win was a...

Posted May 13, 2015    

Creative Utility Accounting: Estimating the True Cost of a Subsidy

By Dick Munson$5 billion is a lot of money, yet that’s the difference in cost estimates between an Ohio-based, consumer advocacy group and FirstEnergy for the utility’s proposed bailout plan.FirstEnergy, the giant Akron-based company that owns power...

Posted May 12, 2015