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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 17:49

REFF-West Recap: Tom Steyer's Keynote Speech

By Susan Lee 9/17/13Berc logo

Tom Steyer, Founder and Board Chair of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, business leader and investor, recently climbed Mount Tyndall – one of the highest peaks in California. This awesome feat is number eight of the fourteen peaks he plans to climb. In the energy space, Mr. Steyer is also tackling mounting challenges and left his investing career to focus on such issues full-time. As Mr. Steyer discussed in his keynote, energy challenges can be addressed and overcome through a multilateral approach with capitalism as the driving solution.

By Lesley Hunter 9/17/13

The western United States’ remarkable renewable energy resource availability, supportive policies, and well-developed supply chains have transformed western states into national leaders in renewable energy development. In 2012, the 13 western states attracted more than half of the country’s combined venture capital, private equity and asset finance investment in the renewable energy sector, and produced approximately 31% of their total energy generation from renewable energy sources – compared to roughly 12% nationally (sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA)).


Monday, 16 September 2013 19:57

The Political State of Renewable Energy

By Matt Lucas 9/16/13   Berc logo

“Washington can be a tough place”, said John MacWilliams, senior adviser to the Secretary of Energy, in his understated manner. “Luckily, we have a president who deeply cares about these issues [renewables and climate change], and he has appointed a Secretary of Energy who is uniquely qualified to address those issues.”

By Michael Brower 9/16/13

The Senate’s seesawing calendar this week highlights two priorities of significant national interest. As Syria takes a backseat – perhaps only temporarily – highly anticipated energy policy is finding the spotlight in the form of Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman’s “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.” While action on Syria has embroiled the Congress in heated debate, the Shaheen-Portman bill is uniting members of both parties by using smart, common sense policy to create jobs, conserve energy and save billions for American consumers.

Rhone Resch, SEIA President and CEO 9/12/13

All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities. Why? Well, among other things, consumer choice in America is something that we all hold very sacred.


By Christine Hertzog 09/04/13

Distributed generation (DG) has been called an existential threat to electric utilities. But it doesn’t have to be a doomsday scenario, and there’s interesting work going on in the field of Transactive Energy that envisions a much more pragmatic future of the Smart Grid.

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