Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

Kate Sinding - 3 hours ago

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,...

Jim Lane - October 13, 2014

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Part I

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 — biofuels...

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Chips and How They Can Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency

Solar modules started out as fairly simple moisture-proof sandwiches of glass, silicon cells, glue and backsheets — with a junction box that contains a few diodes to bypass defective...

Bill Nowak - October 10, 2014

How One Utility Enlisted Geothermal Cooling to Reduce Peak Electric Demand and Improve System Utilization

On July 1st, 2014, PSEG Long Island released its Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan. This plan is on the leading edge of New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding. REV is a...

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