• “This is the Global Threat of Our Time” – Barack Obama

    A New York Times article today reported that President Obama was readying regulations that will impose carbon dioxide emissions limits on power plants. Carbon standards on existing plants will be so costly, coal-powered facilities in America may be under pressure to close, leaving a huge void to be filled by wind, solar and natural gas. […]

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  • CNN Fortune Interview with Jonathan Silver

    Earlier this week, CNN’s Fortune interviewed Jonathan Silver – previous head of the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program (November 2009-October 2011). Here is an excerpt from that interview, where Silver recommends a long-term federal green bank that would help promote scale and consistency. How do you currently view the loan program’s performance? Leaving aside the politics and PR, […]

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  • Global

    WWJD? *

    I recently received an invitation to sign a petition from students at my Alma mater urging divestment from fossil fuels. Colorado College is one of more than 200 campuses that have taken a stand against endowment investments in fossil fuels. The movement started on Swarthmore’s campus in 2010 and is designed after the 1980s anti-apartheid campaigns. […]

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  • Utilities for Sunnies

    Given last week’s post “Utilities for Dummies,” we would like to present an article that just came out in the Wall Street Journal. According to Roberts’ article, many see the American utility as a long-time follower of the status quo with little incentive to innovate. Is this about to change? In Ryan Tracy’s article “Utilities […]

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  • Utilities for Dummies

    If you want an easy-to-read but informative summary of how utilities in America work, check out David Roberts’ “Utilities for dummies: How they work and why that needs to change.” Plus his summary randomly includes cute pictures of quokkas.

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  • Liquid Solar

    A Science Daily article this week grabbed me with a headline suggesting “Solar Panels as Inexpensive as Paint?” Reading on, this doesn’t refer exactly to the price point of paint, but to the ease with which solar technology could be installed in the near future. The article details research being done at the University of […]

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  • 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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