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Public Affairs is Vital Part of the Cleantech Marketplace

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By Mike Casey, President of Tigercomm

Topics: Public Affairs

EIA's 2016 "Early Release" Long-Term U.S. Energy Outlook Raises a Host of Questions

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We've been keeping an eye on the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) long-term projections for wind and solar power, because many supporters of clean energy scaling (ourselves included) have been concerned that EIA's forecasts have been consistently too-pessimistic on this subject. Back in 2013, for instance, we wrote that EIA Renewable Energy Forecast Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Wildly, Laughably Too Low. More recently, we commented that EIA’s Response to Criticisms of Its Clean Energy Forecasts Fails to Address Core Concerns.

Topics: Public Affairs

New EIA International Energy Outlook Has Clean Energy Growing Relatively Fast, But Still Not Fast Enough

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is out today with its 2016 International Energy Outlook, and there's a lot to chew on. Here are a few, initial highlights that jumped out at us.

Topics: Clean Economy Public Affairs

Yale Report Finds Broad Support for Clean Energy Among Supporters of Leading Presidential Candidates

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The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication does great work, and today is no exception, with their new report, "Global Warming and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election." Here are a few findings relevant to the clean energy  industry:

Topics: Public Affairs Marketing & Communications

New Report: 10 States Making Things Particularly Difficult for Distributed Solar Power

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Last fall, Environment America issued a report looking at the top ten states from a policy perspective for solar power growth as of 2014. Those states included Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada (note that this state's ranking almost certainly has fallen sharply in recent months -- see here for more), California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Colorado. These states made the top 10 due to strong policies in the areas of solar net metering, Renewable Portfolio Standards (many with solar "carve-outs"), PACE and other means of creative clean energy financing, etc.

Topics: Public Affairs

Clean Energy Industry Dodges Bullet in Supreme Court Ruling on Subsidizing Natural-Gas-Fired Power Plants

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case ("Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC") that could have had adverse implications for states wishing to promote clean energy development. Fortunately, that's not what happened. First, though, here's the gist of the decision by the Supreme Court.

Topics: Public Affairs

EIA's Response to Criticisms of Its Clean Energy Forecasts Fails to Address Core Concerns

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Over the past few years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has been widely criticized for consistently and significantly underestimating the growth of renewable energy, both in the U.S. and the world. For instance, see the December 2013 post here on Scaling Green, "EIA Renewable Energy Forecast Isn’t Just Wrong, It’s Wildly, Laughably Too Low." As we pointed out then:

Topics: Clean Economy Public Affairs

Checks and Balances Project Presses Investigation of Pro-Utility, Anti-Solar Arizona Corporation Commissioner

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Last fall, we highlighted great work by the Checks and Balances Project (C&BP) watchdog group on the fossil-fuel-funded front group, the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), which has been a vociferous opponent of clean energy and climate solutions.  We also wrote about C&BP's October 28, 2015 lawsuit against the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), demanding immediate access to public records on Commissioner Bob Stump’s taxpayer-funded smartphone.

Topics: Public Affairs

Former FERC Chair, VP of Spruce Finance Demolish Fallacious Arguments Against Rooftop Solar

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As we say in the battle over net metering, distributed energy resources (DER) and net metering in Nevada recently, opponents of clean energy scaling continue to spew out Arguments Against Rooftop Solar such as disinformation, distortions and demonstrable falsehoods. Unfortunately, in the case of Nevada, that campaign appears to have had some success, with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) all but destroying rooftop solar in the state. As the New York Times reported:

Topics: Clean Economy Public Affairs

Today's Supreme Court Ruling on Demand Response "gives clean energy a huge boost"

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The Supreme Court issued an important ruling earlier today in a case that affirmed FERC Order 745, which "calls for demand response to be compensated like other generators in wholesale energy markets." The 6-2 verdict in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was, among other things, a major victory for U.S. providers of energy conservation services (e.g., EnerNOC, whose "jumped as much as 84 percent in New York trading"). It is simultaneously a major defeat for big power producers such as "NRG Energy Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Talen Energy Corp., Calpine Corp., Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. and American Electric Power Co."

Topics: Public Affairs