As President Obama and the lame ducks head toward the fiscal cliff, what do his resounding victory and other election results mean for the clean energy industry?
This past Sunday during halftime of the Redskins—Eagles game, I accepted the NRG Sustainable Futures Award, presented by Arun Banskota, President of eVgo, a NRG Energy company and co-chair of ACORE’s Transportation Initiative. It was an honor to receive the NRG Sustainable Futures Award on Military Appreciation Day in front of tens of thousands of Washington Redskins fans. I accepted the award with great humility, fully realizing that it symbolizes not just my work, but the collective hard work of our members and the ACORE staff day in and day out—helping move the industry forward.
**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog
By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn
With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.
By David Field, OneRoof Energy CEO and Founder
The demand for solar in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the past few years, bringing significant opportunity for solar installation providers along with challenges that such rapid growth inevitably brings. Now the solar industry must collectively take advantage of this momentum by advocating for a streamlined and more efficient solar permitting practices and working with local governments to establish a permitting standard that will increase efficiencies and help installers manage costs amid this growth.
If there were any doubts about the global potential for renewable energy, Michael Lewis, COO at E.ON Renewables, quickly put them to rest. Opening up Thursday's keynote at this years RETECH conference in Washington, D.C., Lewis told the audience renewables will continue to expand, with global capacity expected to increase three-fold by 2020. "When people ask me if renewables are just a niche, I show them the data we've put together," he said.
Lewis expects the industry to grow between seven to fourteen percent leading up to 2020. And he thinks investment dollars will follow, citing the seventeen percent year-over-year growth for renewables in 2011. He explained that in spite of the natural gas surplus in the United States, renewables like solar bring predictability to pricing, which reduces volatility in wholesale and retail utility markets.
October, 9 2012
I joined the ACORE team about five months ago after I finished my undergraduate work at Rutgers University. The first thing I noticed when I joined ACORE is how dedicated the staff is to promoting renewable energy. In so many ways ACORE is at the center of the renewable energy industry. This is reflected in the architecture of ACORE events that facilitate business collaboration and networking among all sectors of the industry and provide unique opportunities to learn about the state of the industry from a wide and inclusive perspective. I've heard tremendous conversations at these events regarding clean technology, investment, policy, and numerous other issues and hope conversations of that caliber reach a larger audience through this Guest Blog.
October 16 -- IKEA may have just fired the latest salvo in the clean energy revolution. Within the next 10 months, IKEA will begin selling flat-pack solar panel kits to retail customers in all of its 17 U.K. stores. And if that experiment is successful, IKEA could roll out the experiment to stores in the United States and the rest of the world. That means that, while shopping at IKEA for cheap, affordable furniture, you can now stock up on solar panel kits to transform your home into an energy-saving showcase. The innovative Swedish company already uses solar panels to power 40 of its U.S. locations, and is making available the same technology to the mainstream public. The same way you might navigate through the aisles of an IKEA picking up well-designed items at low prices – while simultaneously having a bit of fun with the delightfully absurd Swedish names for the products — you will also be able to load a few flat pallets of IKEA solar energy panels into your cart. Almost everyone can imagine checking out of IKEA with a DIY solar panel package (even if it costs almost $10,000) – something that’s not necessarily the case with other forms of renewable energy. (Presumably, it’s much more difficult to create flat-pack mini-nuclear reactors for the home.) >>View Article
October 16 -- Idaho’s new clean-energy businesses have found ready customers on the state’s dairy farms. “There are a lot of resources around us for both efficiency and energy generation to help farmers better leverage their assets, and, even more important, there are real ways to make these projects pay for themselves,” says Paul Conrad, president and CEO of Hailey-based Site Based Energy. >>View Article
October 16 -- The United States leads the world in creating companies that turn food waste and non-food materials to energy, according to a Navigant Research report released Tuesday morning. More than two-thirds of all global ventures in advanced biofuels are based in the United States, a testimony to the nation’s entrepreneurial environment and investment funding for new ventures. >>View Article
October 16 -- Energy efficiency measures saved the equivalent of 570 million metric tons of oil equivalent, worth $420 billion, in 11 nations from 2005 though 2010, according to the International Energy Agency. Without efficiency measures, consumers in the IEA member countries would now be consuming about two-thirds more energy than currently, the Paris-based group said today in a report. >>View Article