clean energy


Bringing Energy Storage to Energy Markets

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the US, promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. Read more >

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Three Reasons Bernard McNamee is a Horrible Choice for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

, senior energy analyst

President Trump’s nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may not grab a lot of headlines but make no mistake – it’s a blatant (and oft repeated) move by the Trump administration to pollute an independent regulatory body with political operatives intent on carrying out his crony capitalism. A hearing to consider McNamee’s nomination is already set for Tuesday, October 16th – a clear sign that Trump’s political allies are trying to ram through his appointment without thoughtful consideration. But here’s three reasons McNamee is a horrible choice to be a FERC commissioner and why his potential confirmation should worry all of us. Read more >

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New California Laws Address Climate Change—Some Bills Fall Short

, Western states policy manager

It’s Fall. That means crisp morning air, dwindling sunlight, and a chance to take stock of legislative victories and setbacks in California, as Governor Brown has now signed or vetoed the last of the bills sent to his desk this year.

As always, the progress we make in Sacramento is not only improving Californians’ quality of life, but also keeping momentum going for other states and countries. Many of the gains we make in clean technologies, for example, are reducing costs and proving solutions at scale, charting a course from which others can learn.

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California recently adopted legislation that puts them on the path to source all of their electricity from solar, wind, and other clean energy technologies by 2045. Photo: Dennis Schroeder / NREL

Despite Trump Roadblocks, Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy Transition

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

With today’s public hearing on the EPA’s wretched and dangerous ‘plan’ for regulating power plant carbon emissions, the Trump administration is continuing its assault on clean energy, public health, and the climate. Whether withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement or bailing out uneconomic coal plants at the behest of his fossil fuel cronies, President Trump desperately wants to reverse progress on the transition to a low-carbon economy. But his schemes continue to flop thanks in large part to the ongoing actions of states, utilities, and corporations that are forging ahead with commitments to accelerate the adoption of wind, solar, and other clean energy technologies. And come this November, voters will have the opportunity to cast their support for clean energy as well.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening recently and what to look for come November 6.

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A Stunningly Low Price for Offshore Wind: Massachusetts Moves Forward

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

When the winning bid for Massachusetts’s first request for offshore wind proposals was revealed recently, it was a whole lot lower than any of us had imagined. That matters now, and for years to come.

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