• Oil

    What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

      A recent article published in the Atlantic by Charles Mann, makes the reader think about the seemingly-ludicrous question: What if we never run out of oil? The question is prompted by a discussion of methane hydrate—a crystalline natural gas found under areas of permafrost and in the ocean floor. This resource is estimated to […]

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  • Senator Coons to Introduce Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

    Senator Coons (D-Delaware) has just announced that he will be introducing the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act. This Bill would level the playing field for renewable energy investors by enabling them to adopt a corporate structure that currently gives tax advantages to fossil-fuel investors. A master limited partnership (MLP) is a business structure that is taxed […]

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  • Limits to Innovation

    Here at CGC we are all about innovation and ingenuity. However, it’s important to step back and recognize what limits there are to ingenuity. As James Boyce of Resources for the Future says, “There aren’t many substitutes for the relatively untouched expanse of Alaska’s North Slope if what matters to you is its very wilderness.” In the […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part III

    To follow up on the April 8 blog post about distributed solar, we thought it would only be fair to share both sides of the distributed solar roll-out plan. Below is a table comparing reasons for accelerating the distributed solar push and reasons for letting it grow more languidly.   Accelerated Distributed Solar Roll-Out Slow […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part II

    An additional benefit of “green collar jobs” that could be created by distributed solar roll-out is that the jobs require a variety of skills and pay a variety of salaries. Working in the solar industry can involve a broad range of tools and skills ranging from electrical work to sales to structural engineering. Similarly, the salaries range […]

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  • Distributed Solar – Part I

    What is one of the biggest problems in the United States right now?  Unemployment. Unemployment in the U.S. is currently 7.7%. While this number is an improvement from the high of 10% measured in October of 2009, it remains a disheartening reminder of America’s stagnant economic growth and widespread budget cuts.   How can the […]

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  • CEO Speaks Out About Washington Football Club

    Coalition for Green Capital’s CEO, Reed Hundt, wrote a Washington Post op-ed today regarding a letter he released to Washington football team owner Dan Snyder requesting that he change the “archaic and racially stereotyped name” of the team. The letter was co-signed by a bi-partisan group of other former FCC officials. The letter points out […]

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  • If Google’s Doing It…

      How has Google done so well? Certainly part of its success has come from its multi-billion dollar investments into clean energy projects. Rick Needham, Google’s Director of Energy and Sustainability sums up the investment decision quite well, “While fossil-based prices are on a cost curve that goes up, renewable prices are on this march […]

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  • California

    Can Cap-n-Trade Fund Green Banks?

    California has paved the way for the American cap-and-trade market, why not do the same for green banks? A recent article published by Bloomberg suggests the possibility of using revenues from California’s cap-and-trade program to set up a state green bank. The program, implemented just this year, has already sold 23.1 million allowances in November, […]

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  • Nebraska

    Clean Energy in Nebraska – How do they do it?!

    Now that the price of solar hardware has steadily declined, the remaining costs associated with solar PV installation come from soft costs. In fact, customer acquisition costs have been cited as the single largest soft cost. According to SunRun, sales and marketing alone constitute over 25% of residential installation costs. How can the solar industry […]

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