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How to Go Solar: The Quotes Are In. Now What?

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

I’m at a key stage in my journey to solar-hood: I’ve got quotes in hand from multiple solar companies, and just needed to sort through ‘em. Here are a few surprising things about the bids, and what they mean for next steps. Read more >

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Solar Power Shines in Land of Oil and Wind

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The news today of a large solar plant in Texas tells a story about the future of energy in a place with a rich energy past. Read more >

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California Can Reach 50% Renewable Energy: New UCS Analysis Shows Pathways and Solutions

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

This summer, Californians have not been able to ignore the evidence of climate change affecting our lives. Historic drought and searing temperatures have turned the Golden State into a tinderbox, escalating wildfires and placing serious strain on the state’s agricultural economy. Read more >

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Cheap Renewable Energy is Here. Why Doesn’t The Grid Plan For It?

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Wind farms and solar arrays are setting new records for low energy prices, with wind under 2 ½ cents and solar under 4 cents when conditions are right. These are cheap prices, given electricity from new natural gas plants is in the 5-7 cents range, coal at 6-10 cents, and nuclear somewhere between 13 and 15 cents, according to one fleet owner (nuclear can be unpredictable). So why aren’t more electric grid operators incorporating this energy as they plan to meet grid needs? Read more >

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Final Clean Power Plan Takes Key Steps to Ensure Reliable Electricity. Now What?

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

In the past year, utility organizations went to the microphones to call out the EPA for making the draft Clean Power Plan without adequate time or attention on grid reliability. There were numerous reports prepared by utility planners raising alarms about insufficient time to plan for a cleaner power supply, while others showed no technical obstacles to raising the mix to 30-40% renewable energy. Read more >

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