Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

    Comments: 5
  • 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.

    Comments: 1
  • 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.

    Comments: 3
  • 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.

    Comments: 2
  • Seek action during lame-duck session
    Nov 13, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Governors from states with wind farms and manufacturing plants to serve the industry called on Congressional leaders for an immediate extension of the federal production tax credit (PTC) that is set to expire at year’s end.

    Comments: 3
  • Mid-Atlantic association releases study
    Nov 12, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Solar power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania delivers value to the electric grid well above its cost. The Mid‐Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA) and the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association (PASEIA) recently released a study that analyzed utility cost data, especially related to solar generation at peak hours of  power demand.

    Comments: 4
  • Broadens subsidiary’s green footprint
    Nov 11, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    MidAmerican Wind has acquired 300 MW of California wind projects that are part of the largest wind complex in the country.