• Give the Grid to Solar; Let Clean Energy Spread Like the Internet Did

    By Reed E. Hundt [1] Hope or heartbreak is at hand for everyone who believes America should show how to stop destroying the climate by burning coal to make electricity. On the side of hope, solar panel installers now offer homeowners a deal not to be refused: pay no money down, and buy about three-quarters of […]

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  • Green Bank Act of 2014: Why $50 Billion?

    After reading about the recently introduced Green Bank Act of 2014, one of your first questions might be, “Why $50 billion?” In short, $50 billion leveraged through a federal Green Bank just might be enough to finance the renovation of America’s power platform. The Connecticut Green Bank has achieved a leverage ratio of 10:1 meaning that […]

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  • The Cash for Coal Program

    A recent Guardian article ventures that a group of wealthy investors would need to invest $50 billion today to buyout and shut down all the private and public coal companies in the US (the Guardian). Alternatively, the cost to the investors would be far less than $50 billion if the investors were to purchase all […]

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  • Green Banks Will Help Solar Prices Continue to Drop

    According to a new report published by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, installed prices of commercial and residential solar PV systems fell by about 6-14% between 2011 and 2012. The report shows that this drop in price stems from the reduced cost of PV modules. The remainder of the cost, therefore, is […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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