Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

Mahesh Bhave - April 22, 2014

Solar Disruption? Yes. Utility Death Spiral? Not Necessarily

Suddenly, we have seen a spate of “death spiral” talk about electric utilities. Grid parity — through lowered costs — is supposedly triggering this decline. Homes are expected to defect...

Laurie Guevara-Stone - April 21, 2014

How a Small County in California Went Grid Positive

California is known for being a leader in solar energy, but a small county in Northern California has taken things a step further. It has become the first county government in the state...

Jim Lane - April 18, 2014

Top 10 Trends in Brazil Biofuels for 2014

Brazil’s on the move on a number of fronts — sales, diversification of products and feedstocks, and even in engine development. Let’s look at the Top 10 Trends.

Listen Up: What Legal Issues Do Solar Contractors Face?

As in most industries, attorneys are an indispensable part of doing business. We have the usual host of "ordinary course of business" legal issues such as contracts, employment law,...

Scott Sklar - April 16, 2014

Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption

While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about.

- April 15, 2014

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses...

Jason Switzer - April 14, 2014

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.

Franz Matzner - April 10, 2014

Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting...

Kat Friedrich - April 08, 2014

Clean Energy and Climate Resilience Join Forces

Massachusetts and New Jersey are spearheading clean energy financing programs that also address the need for climate resilience. Both of these programs appear to be partially motivated...

Paul Grana - April 07, 2014

Why Falling Module Prices Lead to Lower-tilt Racking

Everyone is impressed with the cost reductions in solar modules over the last five year, dropping from $3.25/Wp in 2008 to below $0.70/Wp in 2013. This trend has made solar power competitive...

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