Tam Hunt's Articles

- December 30, 2008

The Goldilocks Problem

What is the best size for a renewable energy project? The answer is, of course: it depends. It depends on location, renewable energy resources (sun, wind, etc.), and costs. The bottom...

- December 09, 2008

The FIT We Need for California

Guaranteed payments for renewable energy, known as "feed-in tariffs" or FITs, have been the most successful means of getting a lot of renewable energy online in a short amount of time....

- November 14, 2008

Local Governments Can Lead the Way, Even on Transportation

With recent volatility of oil and energy prices adding to our country's economic woes, we're seeing a renewed focus on community energy planning. Energy planning is often relegated...

- November 07, 2008

November 4th Was a Great Day for Renewable Energy

With President-elect Obama closing the deal in a resounding manner, let's review his proposed energy policies. Obama has long called for action to mitigate climate change and to decrease...

- October 16, 2008

An Update on Competition in California's Power Markets

Competition in markets can lead to many benefits for consumers. Conversely, monopolies are considered, almost by definition, to be bad for consumers. However, investor-owned utilities...

- September 04, 2008

Energy Independence and Prop 7

Al Gore has outdone himself. Think what you will of him, you can't say he doesn't have a vision. On July 17th, he called for the nation to embark on a man-on-the-moon effort to achieve...

- August 20, 2008

Why is Community Choice Aggregation So Promising?

Communities and local governments are increasingly looking for ways they can influence high utility prices, obtain more renewable energy and become more self-sufficient. Community Choice...

- July 23, 2008

Will Offshore Drilling Help?

With oil prices topping new records every week, the chorus for increasing offshore drilling is growing. Will it help?

- June 25, 2008

Forget Cap and Trade, A Carbon Tax Is Better

Congress got hot under the collar in early June as it debated national climate change legislation. The Warner-Lieberman bill went down in flames, however, because Democrats couldn't...

- May 21, 2008

The CAFE Standard Shell Game

I've made my punch line the title of this piece. I was never good at telling jokes. This joke, however, isn't really funny anyway because it is a boondoggle being played on the American...

Tam Hunt

Tam Hunt

Tam Hunt is managing member of Community Renewable Solutions LLC, a renewable consulting and project development company focused on community-scale wind and solar. He is also a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental...

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