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As the US Heads to Climate Talks, It Seeks a Plan to ‘Trust But Verify’

As the US Heads to Climate Talks, It Seeks a Plan to ‘Trust But Verify’

The U.S., like many other countries, has been participating in negotiations in the lead-up to the United Nations' conference on climate change in Paris.
Renewable Energy for the 21st Century

Renewable Energy for the 21st Century

This weeks RE Insider, Cristopher Falvin - President of the Wordwatch Institute - explains how high growth rates for renewable energy sources (wind has averaged more than 30 percent annually in the last five years) provide early indicators that the world has entered the post-petroleum century. Renewables are necessary as the energy sources in a sustainable world, and government policies can speed up the transition.
Analysts Say Solar Power Company Suntech’s Debt May Be Insurmountable

Analysts Say Solar Power Company Suntech’s Debt May Be Insurmountable

Suntech Power Holdings Co., the biggest solar-panel maker in the world, may have few options as it seeks to renegotiate its debt, according to Pavel Molchanov, an analyst at Raymond James & Associates Inc.
Smart Grids: A Cleaner Planet, a Smarter Planet

Smart Grids: A Cleaner Planet, a Smarter Planet

Last week, Rolton Group proudly hosted the launch of the latest CTF report, which explores the vital role of a smart grid in the UK. I was invited by Dan Byles MP to open the event, and in my introductory speech I explained why the advent of the smart grid is of such importance for businesses and consumers alike: ‘Before […]
9 Easy Earth Day Tips You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

9 Easy Earth Day Tips You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

You don’t have to buy a hybrid car or install solar panels to make changes that have a significant environmental benefit, save money, and are easy to do. Here’s a list of 9 Earth Day tips you probably won’t find anywhere else. Altogether they could put several hundred dollars back in your pocket due to lower utility bills while preventing […]
WindPower 2003 Opens with Record Numbers

WindPower 2003 Opens with Record Numbers

The American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) international tradeshow WINDPOWER 2003 kicked off this week with almost double the number of participants from last year.
The Battle of Silo: Connecting the (Policy) Dots on Renewable Energy

The Battle of Silo: Connecting the (Policy) Dots on Renewable Energy

I was recently reminded of the policy maker’s penchant to think in straight lines, when preparing to brief a Vietnamese delegation of energy, environment and economic development ministers. The USAID sponsored delegation was touring the U.S. to gain greater appreciation of the role renewable energy technologies are playing in our domestic energy economy—in an effort to better appreciate the role they might play in theirs.
Finding PV’s Next Big Cost Reductions

Finding PV’s Next Big Cost Reductions

Cost is one of the biggest barriers to bringing solar to scale. Tremendous strides have been made to date -- module prices have come down 50-70% in the past two years alone. Where are the next cost reductions going to come from?
The Importance of Maintaining Rate Choice for Solar Customers

The Importance of Maintaining Rate Choice for Solar Customers

There has been a flurry of activity and news coverage on efforts to rectify problematic language in California Senate Bill 1 requiring new solar customers to take time-of-use (TOU) energy rates. The passage of AB 1714 on June 7th removes the requirement for solar customers to switch to TOU rates until after 2009, and allows customers that install a solar system before then to stay on their existing rate. A complete elimination of the requirement is still needed, but this was the best immediate solution that was agreeable to all parties.
The Debate That Will Define America’s Future

The Debate That Will Define America’s Future

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, the Massey, West Virginia coal mine accident, the Tennessee coal ash disaster in 2008, the BP oil refinery disaster in Texas in 2006, and countless other fossil fuel disasters are finally having an effect on public opinion. And the sting of record prices from 2008 is still in the recent memory of American consumers. Fully 2/3 of Americans believe Congress needs to make our country's energy needs a top priority.