AWEA brags about wind energy’s mediocre performance

On May 2 The Hill published a column by AWEA data spinner Michael Goggin, “Wind energy protects consumers,” in which the reader is regaled by tales of great service and low, low prices provided by the wind energy industry. Sorting through the claims led me back to the AWEA blog, where among other things Goggin … More AWEA brags about wind energy’s mediocre performance

Who is the renewable power policy “playground bully”?

Michael Giberson According to a poll by Fallon Research, “Nearly 60% [of Ohio voters] would pay an extra $3 a month on a $100 dollar energy bill to support the development of electricity from clean sources.” It is an interesting factoid, I suppose. My initial response is to wonder whether state electric power regulations in … More Who is the renewable power policy “playground bully”?

New Jersey politicians poised to pour more ratepayer money into solar power developer pockets

Michael Giberson The bill isn’t signed into law yet, but New Jersey solar installers are probably breathing a little easier given reports that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign a law that would boost the state’s electric utility’s solar power purchase obligation from about one-half of one percent to over two percent … More New Jersey politicians poised to pour more ratepayer money into solar power developer pockets

New Jersey solar installers seek “Endless Summer” at ratepayer expense

Michael Giberson A crisis is coming for the New Jersey solar power installation industry. Stringent solar power purchase requirements imposed on electric utilities (i.e. on electric utility ratepayers) has turned the state into the nation’s second largest for solar power capacity installed, behind only sunny California. But now that installed capacity is sufficient to meet … More New Jersey solar installers seek “Endless Summer” at ratepayer expense

Is subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels?

Michael Giberson The Economist is hosting an online debate on the motion, “This house believes that subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels.” Matthew Fripp of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University has presented the affirmative case for the motion, Robert Bradley, Jr., of the Institute for … More Is subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels?

California regulators approve generous contract to multinational corporation at California ratepayer expense

Michael Giberson Discovering that renewable power mandates can be expensive, California-style: “California Approves Solar Contract Despite High Cost“: Ultimately, the commissioners voted for Abengoa’s contract mainly because Abengoa already has spent five years and $70 million to develop Mojave Solar and has gotten all the permits and financing to start construction. They noted that getting … More California regulators approve generous contract to multinational corporation at California ratepayer expense

Arizona regulators can require utilities to buy renewable power even if it raises consumer rates

Michael Giberson The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the Arizona Corporation Commission was acting within its authority when it decided to require utilities to secure a portion of their electric power from renewable resources. The Goldwater Institute had argued that the Commission’s authority was limited to setting rates and that the renewables mandate … More Arizona regulators can require utilities to buy renewable power even if it raises consumer rates

We don’t need a geothermal portfolio standard

Michael Giberson The new Jan./Feb. 2011 issue of the Electricity Journal is now available, and it contains the usual range of interesting things to consider. Take, for instance, the article “Redefining Renewable Portfolio Standards: The Value of Installed Renewable Capacity.” The article observes, reasonably so, that some sources of renewable power can dependably generate power … More We don’t need a geothermal portfolio standard

The differences between renewable energy and renewable power in North Carolina

Michael Giberson Under North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, poultry waste burned to boil water to generate steam to turn a turbine generating electricity will earn RECs which can be sold to electric utilities needing to meet the state’s new renewable energy standard. Also under the law, poultry waste burned to boil … More The differences between renewable energy and renewable power in North Carolina