3 Takeaways from the Renewable Energy Finance Forum: Taxes, Merchant Solar and Customer Choice

It’s tough to get large-scale solar deals done in 2017, but there was no palpable haze over the crowd of financiers at Renewable Energy Finance Forum this year. Sure, volatility still defines many sectors of the solar market, the U.S. pulled out the Paris climate agreement and the federal government is skeptical of intermittent renewable… Continue reading 3 Takeaways from the Renewable Energy Finance Forum: Taxes, Merchant Solar and Customer Choice

How Calculating FERC’s One-Mile Rule Could Affect Renewable Energy Projects

As the vigorous pace of wind and solar energy development continues, the ability of renewable projects to obtain Qualifying Facility status under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 can be critical to a renewable project’s financing options — and thus its viability. It can also have important implications for the interconnected utility purchasing… Continue reading How Calculating FERC’s One-Mile Rule Could Affect Renewable Energy Projects

Your Guide to the Bitter Debate Over 100% Renewable Energy

A bitter dispute. A clash. A battle royale. Those are just a few descriptions of a new study countering Mark Jacobson's 2015 report showing that we can source 100 percent of America's energy from wind, solar and water. Jacobson's study is controversial. Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Bernie Sanders have lauded his work. Jacobson himself has… Continue reading Your Guide to the Bitter Debate Over 100% Renewable Energy

PJM’s Market Changes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for Green Energy and Demand Response

PJM, the grid operator responsible for delivering electricity to about 65 million customers from the mid-Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes, is working on ways to price carbon into its energy markets, and incorporate subsidized wind and solar power into its mix. It’s also projecting a future grid that’s stable despite a rise in wind,… Continue reading PJM’s Market Changes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for Green Energy and Demand Response

Mind the Storage Gap: How Much Flexibility Do We Need for a High Renewables Grid?

Imagine for a moment that we have built enough wind and solar power plants to supply 100 percent of the electricity a region like California or Germany consumes in a year. Sure, the wind and sun aren’t always available, so this system would need flexible resources to fill in the gaps. But with continuing rapid… Continue reading Mind the Storage Gap: How Much Flexibility Do We Need for a High Renewables Grid?