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From Guest Blogger Mathias: NREL Sets New Efficiency Record with Two-Junction Solar Cell

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL – pictured left) has just announced that they’ve set a new world efficiency record for two-junction solar cells at 31.1%. The last couple of days have been extraordinary in terms of new technological advancements

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Rethinking the Regulation of the Power Utilities Will Require Fairness, Honesty

On my recent piece on the regulation of our power utilities, frequent commenter Glenn Doty writes: Part of the issue here is there are multiple entities that have some regulatory influence over the grid: FERC, NERC, NRC, DOE, State governments,

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Fracking: An Attempt At Fairness

A friend of mine sent me a bunch of material on the dangers of fracking, which I offer here to readers. But first, our brief conversation: Friend: Wow. Check this out. Craig: Thanks.  As you know, I’m a big proponent of

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Clean Energy Under Attack

As I’m sure you’re aware, clean energy is under attack from the traditional energy industry; the oil and coal companies are spending a fortune on their PR firms and lobbyists to discredit the competition, i.e., renewable energy. And unfortunately, this

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Don’t Be Misled About Renewable Energy Growth

A reader waxes enthusiastic, in a kindhearted attempt to provide encouragement for me in my discussions at the Cato Institute next week. In particular, he points to the DoE “Monthly Energy Report,” and notes: Renewable energy sources have now surpassed

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Infographic: The Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy

Whenever I speak on renewable energy, I’m careful to leave my audience with a sense of the “tough realities.”  We all want simple answers to our questions, but in the case of clean energy, none exist. There are dozens of

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Should Government Pick Winners and Losers in Energy Technology?

Should Government Pick Winners?

For those of you who, like me, watch very little commercial news television, here’s a sample of reporting to consumers on the energy industry. This happens to concern Solyndra – a debacle that’s thrown a cold swimming pool of water

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Bizarre Times at the IEEE Energy Show in Boston

Nuclear power

As I mentioned, I’m back in Boston for a couple days, attending the IEEE Energy Innovations show, and meeting a few industry colleagues who happen to be in the this part of the world.  In a nutshell, the show itself

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Powerhouse China and The Renewable Energy Race — By Guest Blogger Kathy

“China missed the first industrial revolution, missed the computer revolution, and the biology revolution – they want to be a leader in the green revolution,” said Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy. (Scientific American, “Is ARPA-E Enough to Keep the U.S.

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Hybrid of Public/Private Financing for Renewables

Funding

I wrote not too long ago about the huge, long-term role that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), as part of the Department of Energy, plays in supporting the development of clean energy technologies.  Their work with solar energy leader

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