Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Rooftop solar sales tactics draw scrutiny
    Aug 07, 2015 | Lamont Wood

    Finger-pointing. Frenzied sales tactics. Consumer complaints that have reached the federal level. Lobbyists helpfully writing letters for congressmen. In some industries these elements may constitute another day at the office, but in the world of residential rooftop solar panel installers, they may also be artifacts of an industry racing toward a cliff marked "no more subsidies."

  • Tapping the ocean's kinetic energy
    Wave energy test rolling forward in Hawaii
    Jul 28, 2015 | Amy Gahran

    Just off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, last month a wave energy generator began contributing small ripples of electricity to the local utility's grid. In this one-year test of new technology, the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Hawaii are collaborating to gather data which could help shape the future of wave energy technology. 

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  • Jul 20, 2015 | Energy Central Contributor

    SunEdison, a renewable energy company, said it and its publicly traded power plant unit, TerraForm Power, would acquire Vivint Solar for about $2.2 billion in cash and securities.

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  • Apr 10, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Patti Mason, director of advocacy for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Colorado, writes that "energy costs—unlike salaries—are actually one of the few expenses that can be decreased without having to negatively affect classroom instruction." Here's how Colorado is leading the way.

  • Nov 27, 2012 | Corina Rivera-Linares

    Massachusetts state regulators on Nov. 26 approved a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) under which NSTAR Electric will buy 129 MW, or about 27.5%, of the power output from Cape Wind Associates’ proposed Cape Wind offshore wind project.

  • Heartland Institute and ALEC are Risking Relevance
    Nov 26, 2012 | Ken Silverstein

    The renewed push by those think tanks averse to portfolio standards is coming when policymakers at all levels are trying to meet in the middle. And while the Heartland Institute and ALEC believe in their cause, they may end up undermining their arguments and reducing their relevance at a time when the Obama administration holds most of the cards.

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  • Nov 26, 2012 | Ken Silverstein

    An all-of-the-above energy strategy may mean leveling the tax code. The wind and solar industries may potentially receive favorable tax treatment under a provision of the law that pertains to the fossil fuels or the tax structure could be totally reformed, wiping out all of those breaks in exchange for reduced corporate rates.

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  • Nov 20, 2012 | Ken Silverstein

    Considering the stakes, California’s early attempts at establishing a cap-and-trade mechanism went off without a hitch and in the eyes of regulators, it was a success. But the state’s quest is a work-in-progress that will need to win-over apprehensive businesses if it is to be replicated around the country.

  • Nov 15, 2012 | Wayne Barber

    A top Democrat and Republican on energy matters in the Senate left the door open to compromise on a potential carbon tax, but a top Republican House energy leader seemed less receptive during a Nov. 15 seminar in Washington, D.C.

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  • SolarStrong lands at Fort Bliss
    Nov 14, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The nation’s largest solar-powered community has just been announced at a military complex in the Southwest. SolarCity’s $1 bn SolarStrong initiative will power 4,700 homes at Fort Bliss, Texas and a nearby missile range in New Mexico to create the largest solar installation on military housing.

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