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Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy report looks at energy costs both with and without subsidies. Wind and solar continue to improve their position compared to other sources. This report is very helpful in teasing apart fact from hype regarding subsidies … Continue reading
Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis offers a great comparison between various energy sources. It shows subsidized and unsubsidized so that better comparisons can be made. UPDATE Aug 2015: Lazard’s updates this every year. Historical context is helpful as it … Continue reading
I ran across this blog post. Pretty disappointing reporting by 60 minutes.
A pigovian tax is a tax is a tax applied to market activity that is generating negative externalities. This is a great term and Wikipedia has a nice overview of it – here. Or here in this article. A carbon … Continue reading
I ran across a discussion about how many coal power plants are equivalent to 10GW of PV. I ran the numbers and below have posted the results. 10GW of PV is equivalent to 5 coal power plants. Many assume that … Continue reading
Spain got overzealous and built an unsustainable renewable energy program. To much too fast. Does this mean don’t provide incentives for renewables? No it means be smart about designing your programs.
One of the challenges of renewable energy is dealing with intermittency and providing power when it is needed. In this piece it is pointed out that in the Southwest there is a partial mismatch. It leads to a rapid ramp … Continue reading
China is leading the way in renewable energy. Using policy and financial tools developed in the USA and which we are now shunning China expects to spend nearly $300 Billion by the end of 2015. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/china-s-spending-on-renewable-energy-may-total-1-8-trillion-yuan.html?cmpid=yhoo http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/30/can-america-learn-from-chinas-carbon-contradiction.aspx China has good … Continue reading
This article discusses a recent study done at Carnegie Mellon showing where the most societal benefit from renewables can be derived.
China Continues to Show Vision and Commitment. As market softens for PV they are stabilizing their industry by committing to 35 GW at a rate of at least 10 GW / yr. Some will say that this is bad practice. … Continue reading