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Suddenly, the Future is Clear for Solar Energy
In the last 24 hours, the path to greater reliance on solar energy has become much clearer. The US Department of Energy-sponsored assessments of the benefits of solar and the tools for addressing...
One Million Solar Energy Systems Now Turned On in US
Around the country, solar advocates are cheering. One million solar installations (including nearly 950,000 rooftops) are now turned on somewhere in the US, a symbolic milestone signaling a...
Here Come Natural Gas Price Increases
Gas pipelines are in the news these days, and it seems like bad news for everyone. The pipeline owners’ trade association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), has just...
What Can Zootopia Teach Us about Solar Energy and the Duck Curve?
Symbolic slow-moving mammal. Photo: Carol Schaffer/Flickr Zootopia is a place where mammalian species, both predators and vegetarians, co-exist in harmony, and a female bunny overcomes prejudice to...
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Forecasts No Growth in Renewable Energy. We Disagree.
In the debate over the potential role of renewable energy in decreasing carbon pollution, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (tagline: “Standing Up for American Enterprise”) has considerable trouble with...
Big News: 39 States and Their Utilities Write Plan for Deep CO2 Reductions
A new UCS-commissioned report shows that, prior to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan , a major collaboration between officials from 39 states and 26 major utility companies created a technical report...
That’s Not How Commerce Works—U.S. Chamber Wrong (Again) in New Clean Power Plan Report
Some sales efforts work from a false starting point. Some try to lead the gullible consumer by pretending to share an insider’s secret with them. Some fall back on old slogans. The U.S. Chamber of...
Flaws in a Mining Industry “Study” of the Clean Power Plan
Another day, another false study of the costs and benefits of the EPA Clean Power Plan. Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA) has provided its now familiar “analysis” of “actual costs...
Clean Energy Microgrids, Storage, and Building Grid Resilience
This is the season in the Northeast U.S. for power outages . Severe weather caused widespread damage to the electric power system during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and early snow caused significant...
Keys to Unlock Energy Storage for Micro-grids and Utility Grids
New energy storage technologies can make electric grids better as batteries become part of the electricity supply. Huge markets for storage and self-supporting micro-grids are coming, and not because...