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Five Steps to Crafting Geothermal Policy

Three recent publications by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) explore the role that policy and financing have played in the development of geothermal energy in the United States.

How Many Bridges Does it Take to Cross the Valley of Death? More Than You Might Think

If ever there was a topic on renewable energy that resembled folklore, it is the “commercialization valley of death.” The term describes the difficulties entrepreneurs face in obtaining cash to scale up manufacturing and put more projects (e.g., steel) in the ground (note that this is separate from—and comes after—the “technology valley of death,

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AB 32 (California’s Global Warming Solutions Act) Part One of Two: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges

AB 32, the California greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulation bill, has important implications for the renewables market in California and the rest of the country. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with developing and implementing the GHG regulations and will continue to refine additional regulations that will go into effect beginning in 2012.

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CREST-It’s Not Toothpaste, It’s a New NREL Tool to Assess RE Projects

At NREL, we try to provide the private markets, policymakers, and the general public with the information and tools necessary to identify and evaluate renewable energy (RE) resources, technologies, and project opportunities.  In response to a request by several state public utility commissions (PUCs) and the national body that represents them, the National Association of Regulatory Utility

Claire Kreycik's picture

Do New Dodd-Frank Regulations Impact REC and Allowance Markets?

Financial reform is pervasive in the news as the government goes about implementing the Dodd-Frank Act—passed last July.

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Solar Development May be Hampered by Proposed New Accounting Rules

The move for more transparency and the recognition of true risk in financial transactions may be catching up to the solar industry.  The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are responsible for establishing financial accounting standards; together, they have issued a joint exposure draft (ED) of new rules for leasing transactio

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A California Utility Seeks to Invest In Montana Wind

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is thinking outside the box. The utility, one of three investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California, is pursuing a new approach to develop a wind farm in northern Montana.

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Department of Energy Releases New Solar Procurement Guide for Federal Agencies

Obtaining solar energy for a federal agency can be an intricate process involving close coordination between a team of people—kind of like building a human pyramid, only less dangerous.

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Green Power, and RECs, and Marketing, Oh My! FTC Revises Rules

Navigating the yellow brick road of green power marketing can be challenging for consumers and marketers alike. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed draft guidance on renewable energy (RE) claims in advertising. However, one clarification might create a marketing challenge for third-party ownership models.

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California tradable REC decision issued

On January 13th, after an eight-month moratorium on tradable renewable energy certificate (REC) transactions, the California Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) has issued a decision, which introduces tradable RECs to the California market. This blog summarizes some of the history surrounding the long-awaited decision.