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A Primer on the 2016 North American Leaders’ Summit

  14 Jul 2016  |      |    

At the recent North American Leaders’ Summit, President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto pledged that North America will collectively generate 50 percent of its electricity from carbon-free resources by 2025, up from 37 percent today. Even though the agreement is nonbinding, the pursuit of that goal should create some lucrative opportunities for the renewable energy industry, especially in conjunction with each leader’s domestic platforms promoting renewable power generation. But even more promising is their commitment to explore electric grid interconnections across international borders, which could pave the way towards faster and more efficient renewable deployment than we’ve seen in the past.

Corporate Procurement: A Lucrative New Frontier for Renewable Power

  06 Jul 2016  |      |    

Distributed power generation, for both residential and commercial use, has been in vogue for some time now. But recently, a number of large companies – including tech giants Google, Amazon, and Apple – have started taking a more ambitious approach towards procuring their own renewable power, according to a survey released last month by the professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers in conjunction with the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Are Homeowners That Go Solar "Freeloaders"?

The solar boom shows no signs of slowing down. According to SEIA, the last quarter was the best one ever for the U.S. residential solar sector. The U.S. added 1.3 GW of solar energy, and solar made up over half of the electricity generation capacity added in the U.S. last quarter.1
Solar Energy Industries Association, June 2015
Yup, we added more solar than natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy combined.

In Ohio and Indiana, Mistakes Were Made

  18 Jun 2015  |      |    
Last year was a contentious one for pro-clean energy state policies. The usual fossil fuel interests mounted attacks against renewables in states across the country; as usual, most of them failed. But two states – Ohio and Indiana – gave in to these anti-renewable, anti-efficiency attacks. Ohio froze its renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years, and Indiana ended its wildly successful “Energizing Indiana” energy efficiency program. Plenty of people criticized those decisions at the time. Now, with some hindsight, it’s clear that both states made a huge mistake.

House of Cards: Which Energy Source is the Deck Really Stacked Against?

It’s a common refrain of fossil fuel interests that renewable energy’s very existence relies on government subsidies; that renewables are somehow the lucky favorite of a government “picking winners and losers.”

This is categorically untrue, largely because government influence in the energy sector is not a new phenomenon.

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