Discussion: How Do We Measure “Enough?”

Renewables prices have been falling precipitously over the past five years as government research and incentives have encouraged and excited deployment. There has been exponential growth, firstly with wind and now solar, throughout the world with China and the United States currently leading global solar growth. Clean energy advocates and reporting entities such as Ceres and Bloomberg … Continue reading Discussion: How Do We Measure “Enough?”

DISCUSSION: Utilities 2.0? Or 2.No?

Residential solar installations are happening at an unprecedented rate here in the United States. Lowering installation and panels costs are accelerating PV installations, especially in places where electricity prices are exceptionally higher than the national average. source: GreenTechMedia  This is creating an environment, especially due to net metering, where new electricity generators (rooftop panel owners, … Continue reading DISCUSSION: Utilities 2.0? Or 2.No?

DISCUSSION: Value of Solar Tariff, Adaptable for Other Markets?

Net metering undoubtedly benefits consumers, but it is a crude fashion of valuing rooftop solar and does not take into consideration, nor pay for, many of the benefits provided by the grid. Austin Energy (AE) launched its Value of Solar Tariff (VOST) in the fall of 2012. AE’s VOST calculates its electricity tariff for solar rooftop homeowners based … Continue reading DISCUSSION: Value of Solar Tariff, Adaptable for Other Markets?

DISCUSSION: Is Solar Securitization ready for the Big Time?

Distributed solar has grown by 5 times since 2010, with current capacity expected to double by 2016.  Residential installations are a key component of this growth. Financing for distributed solar has traditionally been dependent on the balance sheets of the companies that perform the installations or on various structures centered on tax equity investors.   In … Continue reading DISCUSSION: Is Solar Securitization ready for the Big Time?

[Closed] DISCUSSION: Germany’s tiny renewables costs

This interesting and beautiful graph was recently published by the German Renewable Energy Agency (Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien). It shows the increases of energy costs per month for the average German household from 2000 on. The tiny, small, barely visible violet part at the top is the cost of the feed-in tariff surcharge. We see … Continue reading [Closed] DISCUSSION: Germany’s tiny renewables costs

[Closed] DISCUSSION: Graph of the Day: A bird’s eye view on integrating renewables

In the lively conversation about how to integrate variable renewables such as wind and solar into our electric grid’s generation mix, an unlikely player has entered the fray: a duck. It’s not literally a duck, mind you, but rather a mallard-esque graph—now famously known as the “duck chart”—from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in … Continue reading [Closed] DISCUSSION: Graph of the Day: A bird’s eye view on integrating renewables

[Closed] DISCUSSION: History Contradicts the U.S.’s ‘All of the Above’ Energy Strategy

I hope you're sitting down. Republicans and Democrats agree on something, at least nominally. It's called an "all of the above" energy policy. That phrase occurs in both White House policy pronouncements and the 2012 Republican platform, meaning basically that the U.S. should pursue all of the energy options favored by whoever\'s in power. The … Continue reading [Closed] DISCUSSION: History Contradicts the U.S.’s ‘All of the Above’ Energy Strategy