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

The WSJ’s awful editorial against the wind power industry

Michael Giberson Like the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, I’d like to see the Production Tax Credit for wind and other renewable energy technologies expire at the end of this year as scheduled. So policy-wise, I’m with them. Still, their editorial against the wind power policy yesterday was awful and it deserves public … More The WSJ’s awful editorial against the wind power industry

Bad news for the natural gas suppliers, but good news for natural gas consumers

Michael Giberson I’ve been meaning to remark on natural gas prices for several days, especially since a regular reader pointed out that natural gas prices have reached their lowest levels in a decade. But now, in what may be a first, I’ll just outsource the discussion by favorably linking to a post on the Climate … More Bad news for the natural gas suppliers, but good news for natural gas consumers

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?

Massachusetts observes that green power mandates may be raising consumer costs

Michael Giberson Let’s just say when the best example of a success story is a long-term contract signed by a utility and the Cape Wind project, you haven’t exactly resolved concerns about the practicality or cost-effectiveness of the law. From the Boston Herald, “AG: Energy costs rising under Mass. renewables law“: The Green Communities Act, … More Massachusetts observes that green power mandates may be raising consumer costs

White House advisors: Federal loans for renewable power projects going to the wrong projects

Michael Giberson From news reports: The federal loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects should either be fixed or scrapped, senior White House advisors wrote in a memo to President Barack Obama last week. Obama’s top environmental advisor Carol Browner, top economic advisor Lawrence Summers and Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain … More White House advisors: Federal loans for renewable power projects going to the wrong projects

Shifting policy extinguishes short-lived Spanish solar boom, fortunately

Michael Giberson The New York Times has a fascinating story on the solar power industry boom and bust in Spain created by shifting public policies. Similar effects have been observed from shifts in subsidy support for renewable power development in the United States, though because the subsidy was smaller and spread over a larger area … More Shifting policy extinguishes short-lived Spanish solar boom, fortunately