Top 10 Cleantech Subsidies and Policies (and the Biggest Losers) – Ranked By Impact

On July 31, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

We all know energy is global, and as much policy driven as technology driven. We have a quote, in energy, there are no disruptive technologies, just disruptive policies and economic shocks that make some technologies look disruptive after the fact.  In reality, there is disruptive technology in energy, it just takes a long long time. […]

“Harmonizing” California’s TRECs with AB 32 Cap-and-Trade

On March 3, 2011, in Blog, by David Niebauer

by David Niebauer Now that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has lifted its moratorium on the use of renewable energy credits (RECs or TRECs) by investor owned electric utilities (IOUs) for compliance with the State’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), observers may ask themselves this logical question:  what is the future of RECs under Assembly […]

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Burger, Not Well Done

On November 22, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, First Energy (NYSE: FE) announced that it was pulling the plug on a planned biomass conversion of its R.E. Burger coal powerplant. This proposed project had been a source of controversy since it was first unveiled in April 2009.  At that time, special favorable treatment was being offered by the state […]

36 States now have Utility-Scale Wind Power

On April 13, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

(4/12/10) The U.S. wind energy grew in 2009, despite a severe recession. There are 36 states that have utility-scale wind projects and 14 states are in the “Gigawatt Club” with more than 1,000 MW of installed wind capacity per state. In state rankings, Iowa leads in terms of percentage of electricity from wind power, getting […]

Feed-In Tariff = Feeding at Trough?

On May 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more popular policy prescriptions often made by ardent renewable energy advocates is the adoption of a “feed-in tariff” (FIT). With a FIT, the government sets a price for electricity supplied by a qualifying renewable energy source, and the price is usually sufficiently high to produce a good return […]