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The Problem with Renewable Energy Subsidies

December 3, 2018
The Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal subsidy for renewable energy, is a $24-per-megawatt-hour credit based on energy production rather than demand. That means those who produce renewable energy can...
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After Two Defeats in Washington State, Where Next For A Carbon Tax?

November 26, 2018
Conservative and progressive policy wonks agree: a carbon tax is the most promising of all tools to fight climate change. Such a tax would spur investments in green energy and...
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Bioenergy is the Overlooked Giant of Decarbonization

November 13, 2018
In October, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reaffirmed the leading role that bioenergy continues to play in decarbonization. IEA Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Barol, pointedly stated, “Modern bioenergy is the...
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Is less government the key to nuclear waste management?

November 5, 2018
The 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that President Trump signed early last month provides no funding for Yucca Mountain. In doing so, it officially extends by another year the...
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A Bold Step Forward for Solar

October 29, 2018
In May, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved the nation's first commitment to putting solar on qualifying new home construction starting in 2020 - a move that'll be good for...
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Reducing the Ethanol Mandate is Smart Environmental Policy

October 22, 2018
Following the boom in oil production from the hydraulic fracturing revolution, environmental protection outstripped energy independence as the major selling point of US biofuels policy. The ethanol mandate continues to...
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California: Carbon-Free by 2045?

October 15, 2018
California is the second state after Hawaii to establish a 100% clean energy goal for its electric grid. In late August, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 100 (SB 100)...
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Energy Company Bailouts: Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past

October 8, 2018
Republicans rightly criticized the $500 million loan guarantee to failed solar energy company Solyndra under the Obama administration, but now the current administration is preparing an energy industry bailout that...
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Smarter Together: Integrating Electric Vehicles, Buildings, and the Grid

September 24, 2018
NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities with a focus on smart mobility and smart buildings, homes, and infrastructure. When we think...
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Energy Security Must Be High On The Agenda

August 27, 2018
Whether it’s the flip of a light switch or plugging in your cell phone to charge – never has the reliability of our energy supply been more important to so...
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