How to improve energy innovation: 5 recommendations from MIT President Susan Hockfield

At the 2012 ARPA-E’s concluding plenary session this morning, the retiring President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Susan Hockfield, offered five parting shots (my words) to leaders in government, industry, energy research and clean tech financing to solve America’s energy challenges, especially where it involves manufacturing. 1. Industry should partner with researchers and government […]

Guest Opinion: Jigar Shah makes the case against a tariff on imported Chinese solar panels

By Jigar Shah, Chair, Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy Below The Energy Fix shares the case AGAINST a tariff on solar panels imported from China. The case FOR a tariff was published here February 14. Last October the US subsidiary of German-based SolarWorld, a manufacturer of polysilicon solar cells, filed a complaint with the U.S. […]

Renewable energy: advocates need to raise their ‘game’ to match fossil energy interests

With the absence of an energy discussion in this year’s presidential race, one might think the U.S. faces few, if any, substantive energy problems, or opportunities for that matter. Most energy experts agree that is not the case. Yet what constitutes a problem or an opportunity, is subject to interpretation. Rising gasoline prices, heightening unrest […]

Guest Opinion: SolarWorld states its case for tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports as Xi Jinping visits the U.S.

The visits this week in Washington, Iowa and Los Angeles by the presumed next general secretary of the Chinese Communist party, Xi Jinping, underscore the stakes for solar energy companies that buy panels from Chinese companies and companies with operations in the U.S. whose prices are being undercut by China’s subsidies. The U.S. Commerce Department […]

New nuclear era begins in U.S. after approval of Vogtle plant in Georgia – but questions remain

How much “new” nuclear and how soon? Those are the front-of-mind questions for nuclear and many cleaner energy advocates with today’s U.S. government approval of the construction and operation of two new nuclear power reactors by Southern Company in Georgia using the “AP1000″ design by Westinghouse. The quick answer appears to be: a total of […]

The opportunity lost with the Sierra Club’s admitting $25 million in natural gas industry donations

In a perfect world, there would be a quickly scalable source of electricity that would help with transition the world off of old, “dirty,” coal-fired power plants to renewables and other cleaner sources. Natural gas is such a fuel. But it does not come without some serious risks. Take for example the debate over “fracking.” […]