Renewable energy


Michigan and the Clean Power Plan: What the State’s Analysis Can and Cannot Tell Us

, senior energy analyst

On September 26th the state of Michigan released its initial analysis of the potential impacts of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) that will limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.

The analysis found that complying with the CPP may actually provide cost saving opportunities for Michigan ratepayers, particularly if Michigan strengthens its commitment to energy efficiency and cooperates with neighboring states. But the analysis fails to shed light on the role renewable energy could play in maximizing consumer benefits, while minimizing the variety of risks associated with an overreliance on natural gas. Read more >

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Climate Policy: Physical Reliability vs Economic Philosophy

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

As states get serious about reducing climate-harming carbon pollution, their decisions will guide how the electrical grid changes, for better or worse. These decisions are central to the people who actually plan and manage the grid—the grid operators—who have shown varying degrees of willingness to embrace a clean energy economy. Read more >

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Is the Midwest Finally Catching on to Utility-Scale Solar?

, senior energy analyst

There seems to have been a significant uptick in the number of utility-scale solar projects announced in the Midwest recently—from Michigan to Minnesota , Indiana to Iowa, and even up in Wisconsin. Is this just a one-off bump in activity, or the start of something bigger? Are we actually starting to see the solar revolution spread to the Midwest where wind power has historically been king of renewables?  And if large-scale solar is coming in a big way, are we ready? Read more >

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Utility Chooses Wrong: Save Energy vs. Burn Fuel

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

When it’s hot, it’s hot. Do our plans for increasingly hot summers make sense, or are we going backwards on our energy policies? Read more >

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NY-MA Doubleheader on Clean Energy is a Game Changer

, president

The rivalry between New York and Massachusetts is famous: Yankees vs. Red Sox, Giants vs. Patriots, Wall Street vs. Harvard/MIT, glamour vs. provincial charm. Last week, New York and Massachusetts competed to be the Northeast clean energy leader. And in this case, they both won. Actually, we all did. Read more >

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