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(Fewer to no) Birds Die (from solar flux)

April 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Last fall, the world learned that the Brightsource concentrating solar plant at Ivanpah, California, was killing birds. There was a rather huge outcry, much of it without a context of overall numbers and causes of bird deaths. While seeking to place the deaths in context, I wrote “the system can/should be improved”. Well, this has occurred. […]

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Solar Price Decline Pause (The escalator version …)

April 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Around the world, solar prices are simply collapsing. With double-digit year-to-year growth rates and double-digit year-to-year price drops, solar electricity is reaching grid parity (and better) in new markets with virtually every passing day. For a long time, those fighting clean energy have argued PRICE! PRICE! PRICE! Those (including myself) arguing for the necessity for […]

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Addressing “subsidies”: the necessity for putting solar (& wind & …) tax credit in context

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

This morning’s twitter feed had this: Does the solar industry need a federal tax credit after 2016? We debate w/ @BCinnamon later today on @TheEnergyGang podcast. — Stephen Lacey (@Stphn_Lacey) March 26, 2015 Solar prices are plummeting. In area after area, the prices are getting to the point of an ability to compete directly against […]

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Tackling the renewable canard of ‘only X percent’

November 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment

There are a series of arguments used by fossil-fuel defenders / pollution promoters to dismiss the utility of renewable energy electricity options. One standard is to dismiss wind and solar by saying that it only delivers X percent of the electricity. The intent of playing to that number, with the emphasis on “only”, is to […]

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.@WhiteHouse makes clear that @EIAgov does lousy fossil fuel forecasting, ignores that its #Solar and #Wind forecasting even worse

May 30th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Weirdly, while spending many pages detailing how the Energy Information Agency (EIA) failed to predict accurately fossil fuel trends, the report’s authors failed to highlight that the real-world performance of renewable energy (notably wind and solar) has greatly outperformed baseline forecasts. With the President’s call for more solar energy, highlighting that renewables have been doing so well (in price reductions and speed of market penetration) would seem something strongly support of Administration objectives rather than for something to be ignored in a 42-page White House report.

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Tags: Energy · energy information administration · renewable energy · solar · Solar Energy · wind power

Starved for power, new Indian government translates “Chicken in Every Pot” into “Solar on Every Roof”

May 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Energy poverty is one of the world’s greatest challenges. There are billions of people without access to reliable and reasonably priced electricity. In India, alone, there are some 400 million people in energy poverty.  The new Indian government has set a major initiative to change this situation radically and rapidly: “to harness solar power to […]

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The sun is shining on and at the White House: Honoring Solar #WHChamps

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, there is an all day event at the White House on solar power, both announcing a series of initiatives and honoring “solar champions” from around the nation (full press release after the fold).  These champions are representative of leaders in technological change, drivers for policy change, and people working ‘in the grassroots’ to get […]

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Gov-Elect McAuliffe’s opportunity to turn dirty money to good

December 5th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The fundraising for the inaugural party for the incoming Virginia Governor, Democratic Terry McAuliffe, is seeing a serious lift due to donations from fossil-fuel dependent Corporations. Most notably, McAuliffe’s Inaugural Committee has received $25,000 from Alpha Natural Resources, an $8 billion coal company that gave $92,500 to Cuccinelli’s campaign. Dominion Resources, a Virginia-based coal, gas, […]

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Tags: dominion virginia power · solar · Solar Energy

Putting money where the mouth is … a(nother) solar edition …

July 6th, 2013 · No Comments

At the Georgetown University climate speech, President Obama gave a tip-of-the-hat to the fossil fuel “disinvestment” campaign by commenting “invest, divest”. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. (Applause.) Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. (Applause.) Invest. Divest.Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. Today, […]

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Solar panels to the WH roof: will the oft-promised bone be served up in the Second Obama Administration?

January 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The White House roof remains without solar electric panels despite Administration promises that this would have occurred well before now. While putting a few kilowatts (or even a few tens of kilowatts) of solar systems on the White House will have miniscule direct impact on the nation’s energy system, the symbolism remains important. With this […]

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