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Suddenly, the Future is Clear for Solar Energy

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

In the last 24 hours, the path to greater reliance on solar energy has become much clearer. The US Department of Energy-sponsored assessments of the benefits of solar and the tools for addressing grid impacts celebrated the 65% decline in cost for solar energy over just 5 years. Meanwhile, the North American Electric Reliability Corp., (NERC) significantly revised (as in tripled) its projections of wind and solar coming on the grid over the next 15 years, and moderated its language about the reliability impacts. Read more >

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Here Come Natural Gas Price Increases

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Gas pipelines are in the news these days, and it seems like bad news for everyone. The pipeline owners’ trade association, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), has just released an update of their vision of the future. Due to lower wholesale prices for natural gas, INGAA has revised down the need for new pipelines. That’s bad news for them, and maybe good news for the rest of us. The Union of Concerned Scientists figures there is more to the story. Read more >

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Forecasts No Growth in Renewable Energy. We Disagree.

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

In the debate over the potential role of renewable energy in decreasing carbon pollution, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (tagline: “Standing Up for American Enterprise”) has considerable trouble with that ubiquitous advisory ‘past performance is not an indicator of future outcomes.’ Analyses by the Union of Concerned Scientists and others, including business interests, forecast growth for renewable energy, while the Chamber does not. Read more >

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Where Does Massachusetts Get Its Electricity? The Bay State’s Energy Scene by the Numbers

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Massachusetts’s electricity mix is a hot topic these days, from the pages of the local papers to the governor’s State of the Commonwealth address. While we’re thinking about our energy future, it’s helpful to think about our energy past, and how far we’ve come—plus what more we need to do to make sure we’ve got safe, affordable, reliable, and clean electricity. Here’s the Massachusetts energy scene by the numbers (Hint: it’s about 0, 58, 4, 1,…). Read more >

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Large-scale Solar Power’s Beautiful Bubbles: Falling Prices, Growing Reach

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Like so many reports on renewable energy these days, the 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is full of good news. And one graph in particular does a great job of pointing to what renewables are achieving these days, all across the country. Read more >

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