Category Archives: Federal Energy Policy

GACC/NREL Energy Event Underscores Benefit of Collaboration

Colorado's end-use energy portfolio.

While key approaches and perspectives between advanced energy leaders from German-speaking countries and the US may have varied—and offered learning opportunities as a result—the main take-away from the GACCCO-NREL Advanced Energy Symposium was unified and clear: collaboration is essential. Continue reading

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Utility Collaboration with Regulators: the End of Federal Energy Policy? Not Quite

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On August 29, 2017, the Denver Business Journal reported that Xcel Energy and a coalition of interested parties announced a plan to shut down 660 MW of coal-fired generation 10 years ahead of schedule. It’s not the first time this … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency: Crucial but Complex in CPP State Implementation

In a Business Briefing hosted by EEBC and Business Forward, Dr. Orr, DOE described his own pathway to discovering energy efficiency by first being attracted to renewable energy. States now need to walk this pathway in the development of their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies. They will need all of their smart people to get it done. Whose in? Continue reading

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Efficiency, Renewables, and Storage: The New Triple Bottom Line

Today, I attended an informative webinar on the combination of solar and storage, hosted by Renewable Energy World and presented by a team from DNV GL. The presentation clearly outlined the broad range of ways in which renewables (in this … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy World Europe 2012: Leadership on RE at the Speed of Light

Being in Cologne, Germany in June for the Renewable Energy World Europe 2012 conference was an awe inspiring experience. Check out my paper on RE policy, slides, and video clips from the conference. With this kind of leadership at home and across the pond, we are bound to make headway in the most important challenges we face regarding energy production and use. Continue reading

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What Paybacks and Costs are CO PV Consumers Really Facing?

Changes to Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program earlier this year left many consumers and installers wondering whether residential solar installations still made sense in Colorado. While the final installation cost per Watt of system has increased slightly due to these changes, market factors and the new incentive structure still make solar PV a sound investment for some consumers. And, new options are opening access to solar generation to a wider market of customers. Continue reading

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Renewable energy everywhere!

Money for Colorado in renewable energy at CRES. Money for PAETEC in renewables at CORE. Continue reading

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