• Why and How: Green Banks

    Why Should Green Banks Loan Money? The bottom line is that green banks offer capital below market cost. As the cost of renewable energy technologies continues to fall, soft costs associated with clean energy deployment (access to startup capital) continue to impede growth in this sector. Here are some specific reasons why green banks should loan money: 1. […]

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  • Tennessee Valley Authority

    In President Obama’s recently released 2014 Federal Budget Proposal the Administration called for a “strategic review” of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), including the possible privatization of the utility. Founded in 1933, TVA is currently the largest public utility with over 9 million customers located throughout the Eastern United States. TVA also has a debt […]

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  • CGC CEO Writes Letter Regarding XXXskins Resolution

    CGC CEO, Reed Hundt, wrote a letter, May 10th, to the DC City Council regarding proposed XXXskins Resolution A group of former FCC officials and distinguished practitioners before the FCC sent a letter offering support and advice to the District of Columbia City Council regarding its proposed XXXskins resolution.  Building on a letter written by […]

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  • Do the Math!

    According to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will surpass 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history. Scientists guess that CO2 levels have surpassed 400 ppm at several points in the past, such as during the Pliocene Epoch. However, scientists estimate during that period global average temperatures […]

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  • New Solar Financing Program in Hawaii

      We would like to congratulate the State Legislature of Hawaii for passing Senate Bill 1087 (SB 1087), innovative legislation authorizing the first ever combination of bond financing and on-bill repayment for clean energy infrastructure, including distributed generation solar PV systems. SB 1087 will make it less costly to deploy clean energy projects in Hawaiiby […]

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  • Improving the Fleet

      At the end of last summer, the Obama Administration finalized its historic “54.5 MPG by 2025 “ fuel-efficiency standards. These new fuel efficiency standards require that the U.S. auto fleet (cars and light-duty trucks) average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. If successful, these standards would nearly double today’s average fuel efficiency. Luckily, a […]

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  • 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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