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U.S. Carbon Tax Talk on the Rebound

U.S. Carbon Tax Talk on the Rebound

It might only apply to industry emissions and nary a Republican would dare admit to seriously considering it, but talk of a possible carbon tax is making the rounds in political Washington and elsewhere. Think about it. A carbon tax does not lack for support among mainstream energy and fiscal policy experts; it has drawn


PACE: Still Alive?

Property assessed clean energy, or PACE, financing — paying for home solar installations, energy efficiency retrofits and other green improvements through property taxes — was all the rage a few years ago. Then, in 2010, Fannie May, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency decided that PACE payback obligations were problematic when combined with


Morocco: 40% Renewable by 2020

Morocco currently imports 90 percent of its energy but that’s about to make a drastic dive as the Mediterranean nation starts an ambitious plan to build out 6 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2020. The country will pursue a variety of technologies, including wind, solar, biomass, hydro and other technologies. And its efforts are already


Even With Renewables Push, China’s Emissions Increase

China’s renewable (solar & wind) manufacturing industry has generated a massive global oversupplying leading to a price crash in solar panels and wind turbines. This had made these two primary forms of green energy seeing increasing adoption globally as prices reach grid parity. However despite this glut of Chinese green manufacturing, the country’s carbon emissions


Solar and Wind: New Federal Grid Rules

Not long ago, grid operators only had to worry about coal, nuclear, natural gas and big hydro as sources of electricity generation. Except for the pollution, the threat of radioactive disaster, and blocking rivers, it was a simpler, more innocent time. A day-ahead schedule with an hourly real-time update of dispatch in response to unexpected


Japan’s New FiT: Great for Solar

Following the aftermath of the Fukushima disasters in March 2011 Japan announced that going forward it would reduce its dependence of nuclear energy. This past Sunday, July 1, it took a significant step toward that promise by unleashing its new, rich feed-in tariffs (FiT) for renewable energy, including wind, solar, and geothermal bio-based energy generation.


No Go: New UK Energy Efficiency Plan

Green Campaigners are extremely disappointed with the result of a recent Energy Council meeting, in which the UK succeeded in making the EU-wide agreement on energy efficiency much more lenient than the plan originally proposed. They argue that eliminating the mandatory target efficiency while building in various exceptions and loopholes to the new plan significantly


Boston: Setting The Solar Bar

Here at SPR we see go over a lot of solar policy. It’s kind of our job, after all. We’ve gone through a lot of states (all of them, in fact), and a whole bunch of cities, summarizing and reviewing how bright an outlook each offers for your residential solar power system and the money


Europe Pushes Energy Efficiency

Although the European Union is on track to meet its climate targets, there’s one area where it has been falling behind – energy efficiency. The European Commission, Parliament and President agreed on a legislative proposal to fix that, which now needs approval from member states. The legislation requires greater efficiency from utilities. The original proposal


Will the Chinese Solar Tariffs Benefit India?

Indian consulting company Bridge to India released a statement saying that the proposed US tariffs against Chinese PV solar imports could actually be an enormous help to India, allowing it to become an alternative manufacturer. Such an event would also enable Indian PV solar companies to levy similar tariffs against Chinese solar imports. The threat


NREL Releases New Utility-Scale Solar Reports

Utility-scale solar is still something of a novelty in the renewable energy ecosystem. Large-scale deployment of these multi-megawatt (MW) installations has only recently been enabled in the United States by two key pieces of federal legislation and state-level implementation of renewable energy standards. The market boomed in 2011, adding more than 760 MW of capacity