Actions speaking louder than advocacy: Microsoft programming for profit with carbon neutrality

The number of companies taking tangible steps to prepare for and prosper in a lower-carbon economy is growing — even absent a national carbon tax or cap-and-trade regime.  Their actions speak much louder than the hyperbole that many advocates are using to argue for and against paying for carbon emissions. One of the most instructive […]

Wind power could be a cost-effective hedge against rising natural gas prices

That’s the conclusion of a new report by researcher Mark Bolinger at the U.S. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He’s done an enviable job of scouring public sources for wind energy supply contracts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state utility commissions and long-term power-purchase agreements in various wholesale markets. This question is front-of-mind for […]

Securities tied to PPAs could unleash trillions to fund large-scale solar, wind projects

Power purchase agreements, where individuals and organizations can own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on someone else’s rooftop, have the potential to supply billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars of much-needed capital. The need is growing more acute in the U.S. as the Section 1603 Treasury Grant program is due to expire on December 31, 2011 and […]

Energy: now a national security priority for ALL the armed forces

For the first time, “energy” is a distinct military program or capability at the Pentagon — on par with troops, weapons and cyber skill sets. And with its just unveiled “Operational Energy Strategy” there is hope this ambitious blueprint could trigger significant new efficiency innovations in vehicles and deployment of onsite renewable sources of electricity. […]

It’s time for all utilities to buy electricity under power purchase agreements

Power purchase agreements – aka “PPAs” – are an established tool for spreading the cost of energy over 20 years or longer as a means of ensuring a revenue stream for renewable energy project developers, stabilizing and predicting energy costs and displacing dirty coal with cleaner sources of electricity. The time has come in just […]