What FERC Commissioners Are Saying About the DOE NOPR

Initial comments on Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s coal and nuclear directive are due October 23, with final comments due November 7. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may take longer to mull its decision.  Comments from the FERC’s newly-minted quorum indicate Perry’s proposal to compensate coal and nuclear plants for stockpiling 90 days of fuel won’t… Continue reading What FERC Commissioners Are Saying About the DOE NOPR

What It Will Take to Rebuild the Caribbean With Clean Energy

Hurricane Irma and Maria’s devastating impacts on energy systems in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean highlight an energy security problem that has been lurking for decades. Massive damage to centralized grids will mean that many impacted island nations and territories won’t restore full electricity service for another four to six months at least.… Continue reading What It Will Take to Rebuild the Caribbean With Clean Energy

SunPower Founder Dick Swanson’s Guide to Launching a Cleantech Startup

Given the youth of the cleantech industry, there isn’t a ton of publicly accessible guidance on how to succeed with a startup. A new partnership aims to tackle that by hosting public conversations with clean energy founders to discuss what worked and what didn’t. In September, Oakland incubator and accelerator Powerhouse and Greentech Media kicked… Continue reading SunPower Founder Dick Swanson’s Guide to Launching a Cleantech Startup

American Solar Manufacturer Stion to ‘Discontinue Operations’

American thin-film solar module manufacturer Stion is closing shop, even as the U.S. government prepares to implement trade remedies designed to shore up the domestic solar panel manufacturing sector.  The San Jose-headquartered company confirmed to GTM on Monday that it plans to “discontinue operations,” in a letter signed by Stion Management.  The statement blames “intense,… Continue reading American Solar Manufacturer Stion to ‘Discontinue Operations’

The Potential Impact of Solar Tariffs in 12 Charts

The American solar industry is holding its breath as it awaits the U.S. International Trade Commission’s coming vote on remedy recommendations in the landmark Section 201 trade case. These recommendations will then be delivered to President Trump, who holds protectionist economic views and reportedly requested that someone in the Oval Office “bring me some tariffs.” With… Continue reading The Potential Impact of Solar Tariffs in 12 Charts