Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

David Doniger - 3 hours ago

EPA's Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions

The news about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants just got even better: the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) can save the...

Kirk Edelman - November 26, 2014

Innovation and Investment Drive Wind Power Industry

New investment vehicles are making it easier for renewable energy developers to attract financing. While banking appetite may vary, institutional investors offer tremendous liquidity....

Tom Konrad - November 24, 2014

Renewable YieldCo Pricing Less Irrational, But Plenty of Opportunity Left

Yieldcos are companies which own clean energy assets and use the cash flows from them to deliver a high level of current dividend yield and (in some cases) the promise of significant...

Robert Kozak - November 24, 2014

Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong

As I was recently dulling blades while chopping switchgrass for some experiments, I started thinking whether the “high yield perennial grasses on marginal land” paradigm makes any sense...

Joe Desmond - November 21, 2014

Top Five Things People Can't Seem to Remember about the Ivanpah CSP Plant

It’s been nine months since Ivanpah celebrated its grand opening in February, 2014. Since that time, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant has continued to receive accolades...

Listen Up: Improving Solar Panel Output with Optimizers

Solar panels keep getting more efficient. That's a great thing. But they can't communicate, can't adjust to environmental circumstances, and don't have automatic shutdown capabilities....

Rosalind Jackson - November 20, 2014

Green Benefits: Companies Now Offer Solar Energy Programs for Employees

Vote Solar may be best known for our work advocating for state-level policy, but we've also been hard at work helping tackle solar soft costs head on through our GroupEnergy program....

Ted Clutter - November 19, 2014

Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Should be a Carbon Reduction Tool for Coal Plants

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is seeking a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut pollution that degrades our health and contributes to...

Laurie Guevara-Stone - November 19, 2014

A Small Town in Germany Becomes a Testing Ground for a Smart Grid

A small German town in southern Bavaria is participating in an interesting experiment proving that a high-renewables future is viable. Wildpoldsried (pop. 2,600) currently produces...

Paula Mints - November 14, 2014

Levelized Cost of Electricity Models: The Good, The Bad and the Potential for Bias

LCOE — levelized cost of electricity — is an unstandardized model used by governments, companies, consultants and others to make an economic assessment of the cost of generating electricity...

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