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Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

Nathanael Greene - October 24, 2014

Local Solar Rules Can Save You Big Bucks

The price of an average U.S. home solar power system is about $20,000. (That’s before a 30 percent federal tax credit and any state, local and/or utility incentives.) If the price were...

Alex Nicolson - October 23, 2014

The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices

The green revolution and, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology — it already...

David Goldstein - October 23, 2014

Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining...

Kate Sinding - October 22, 2014

New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy

Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly,...

Gary Thompson - October 21, 2014

The Key to Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Minimize Risk, Maximize Return

Roofing systems are valuable assets designed to perform a critical function — protect the top of a building. A building’s roof may not have been designed to become the permanent platform...

Steven Corneli - October 21, 2014

EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs

The EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants emphasizes the ample flexibility it provides to states. However, careful analysis of the rule shows that...

Jim Lane - October 20, 2014

Earth to Cellulosic Biofuels: Good to See You, Buddy, What Took So Long? Part II

There’s a gigantic disconnect between two sections in the country as to whether the United States should be celebrating the success or the failure of cellulosic biofuels. Supporters...

Bhupesh Trivedi - October 16, 2014

Action in India: Government Announces 15-GW Solar Power Purchase Program

Solar energy action in India just got more exciting. The federal government of India announced the largest of its National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes to date — 15,000 MW over the...

Kit Kennedy - October 15, 2014

Offshore Wind Power Can Save US Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off...

Steven Letendre - October 14, 2014

Grab the Low-hanging Fruit: Use Solar Forecasting Before Storage to Stabilize the Grid

Okay, so we all know that the output of solar photovoltaic systems vary with the available resource by the season, month, day, and hour. This so-called variability of solar, like wind,...

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