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Takeaways From Tigercomm’s 2017 Cleantech Leaders Survey

By Mike Casey and Noah Ginsberg

What were cleantech leaders thinking in 2017?

Earlier in the year, Tigercomm conducted a Cleantech Leaders Survey to shed light on the major trends that leading cleantech executives are seeing in the industry. All the participants were current CEOs, presidents, board members, or managing directors of leading cleantech companies.These views were gathered before passage of the major tax bill; nonetheless, we believe their insights remain relevant and illuminating, given the tax bill’s minimal impact on the companies these leaders run.

Topics: Clean Economy Marketing & Communications

Tax Experts: Renewables Come Out Ahead on Recent Tax Overhaul

As the House and Senate passed their respective versions of tax legislation, renewables advocates and tax experts sounded the alarm: The original versions could cripple the wind and solar industries. The major trade groups, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), jointly wrote that the original legislation would lead to a “devastating reduction in wind and solar energy investment and development.”  

But the final product as signed this week avoided any major blows. According to the many tax policy and industry experts we read or talked to, the tax bill might be even a net positive for the two industries.

Topics: Clean Economy Public Affairs

From Green to Clean: Introducing Tigercomm’s Rebranded, “ScalingClean” Blog

Returning visitors to the Tigercomm blog will likely notice that something is different here: Tigercomm has rebranded our blog. Previously known as “ScalingGreen,” we are excited to bring you future content and insights from “ScalingClean.”

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New Report: "American clean energy is growing at an incredible pace," Can and Must Grow Even Faster

The other day, we posted about how coal's future is bleak, while clean energy's future is bright. Now, a new report by Frontier Group for Environment America, entitled "Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future," has even more great news about U.S. clean energy. Here are a few highlights.

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"Coal has no future"; Clean Energy Most Certainly Does

A recent article in the Financial Times yet again drives home the fact that dirty energy, particularly coal, "has no future."

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance: "By 2040, 54% of new car sales and 33% of the global car fleet will be electric"

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is out with its Electric Vehicle Outlook 2017, and it's yet another indication regarding cleantech's dizzyingly rapid growth rate. According to BNEF:

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New Study Finds Traditional Concept of "Baseload" Power Becoming Increasingly Problematic as Wind, Solar Boom

On June 14, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a landmark development in U.S. power markets: "For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States." As you can see from the graphic below, this isn't a fluke; to the contrary, wind and solar have been growing inexorably for years now, and there's certainly no sign that this will stop any time soon.

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New BNEF Outlook Far More Bullish on Clean Energy Growth Through 2040 than EIA

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is out this morning with its New Energy Outlook 2017, and there's a great deal to digest. Mostly, it's great news for clean energy and for cleantech more broadly, as we'll get into below.

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New Report by GTM Research, Energy Storage Association Finds "biggest quarter in history for the U.S. energy storage market"

According to a new report by the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and GTM Research, the U.S. energy storage industry is on fire, having just "deployed 71 MW of energy storage in Q1 2017...up 276% from the 18.9 MW deployed in Q1 2016," and with a lot more growth on the way. See below for more details from the new report. Also, for more exciting news on the energy storage front, see Nevada Just Became the Most Exciting State for Energy Storage Policy (bolding added for emphasis):

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Vestas' Chris Brown to Wind Power Industry: Don't Be Distracted By Fear; Next Five Years Will Be Best Five Years of Your Life"

See below for video of Chris Brown of Vestas, keynoting the opening session on day two of WINDPOWER 2017, concluding today in Anaheim, CA. According to Brown, who is completing his tenure as Chair of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the next five years will be the "best five years of your life" for the wind power industry. Brown adds: "So along with the success that we've been having, if you've become afraid, then I say good! Welcome to life as an energy industry disruptor." And Brown notes that "critics criticize...but ask yourself, why do those critics pay attention to us? Because we're a threat, because we're winning." A few more quotes from Brown's excellent speech:

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