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Paul Ryan’s plan: Screw clean energy

By Andrew Meggison [This was originally published as part of our coverage of the 2012 election. With Paul Ryan back in the news, we thought we’d remind everyone of how monumentally lousy Paul Ryan is on clean energy…] Paul Ryan is the new face of the Grand Old Party (GOP) these days; so Gas2 felt it would […]

October 21st

Jeb Bush’s prospects are tanking even faster than the price of oil

By Jeremy Bloom How out of touch is Jeb Bush? As he announced his energy policy at the headquarters of a Pennsylvania shale gas fracker, Rice Energy, yesterday, he came out with this nonsensical statement: “We do not have a supply problem in our energy sector. We have a demand problem because of lack of infrastructure,” […]

September 30th

Has Big Oil Bought Out the State of California?

By Dan Bacher Big Oil spent $266 million influencing California politics from 2005-2014 The biggest, most explosive story in California environmental politics is the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, but you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the mainstream media for your information. While corporate agribusiness, the timber industry, insurance companies, […]

August 10th

What Just Happened In West Virginia?

By Frank Andorka, Solar Advocate When I first heard the news, I thought it was a joke. I mean, the governor of West Virginia vetoed HB 2201, the odious bill that would have effectively killed the solar industry by imposing usurious taxes on solar users in the state. So that should have been the end […]

March 5th

Burlington Starts Down a Renewable Path

Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones. The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources. Burlington chose right. Instead of going the easy route,  the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy […]

February 24th

What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

Obama may reject Keystone XL pipeline after all

By Meteor Blades Sen. Mary Landrieu’s effort to squeak by in the Louisiana run-off election that every prognosticator of note says she will lose, failed in a squeaker of its own Tuesday. She could only get 13 of her fellow Democrats to join her and all 45 Republican senators in trying, once again, to make an […]

November 20th

Burying Solar Not A Noble Cause

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Caesar. Marc Antony, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2 By Chip Martin, Special To RGB […]

October 12th

5 Things To Know About Solar Politics

This post originally appeared on PV Solar Report. It is cross-posted here with permission. By Carter Lavin The politics that surround and shape the solar industry can be confusing and hard to navigate. We as an industry must have a richer understanding of these politics so that we may shift them to our advantage. While […]

August 15th

Xcel Has More Faces Than Eve

By Chip Martin, Special to RGB In 1957, 20th Century Fox produced a movie called The Three Faces of Eve, starring Joanne Woodward as Eve White, a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) who has three distinct personalities — the timid wife, the party girl and the stable woman […]

July 30th

Can’t We Get A Restraining Order Against Xcel Already?

By Chip Martin, Special to RGB In the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction, Glen Close’s delightfully insane stalker character Alex Forrest famously proclaimed to her victim Dan (Michael Douglass), “I WILL NOT BE IGNORED, DAN!” Alex, you have nothing on Xcel Energy. You remember Xcel Energy, right? That charming Minneapolis company that is suing city council […]

July 1st

Desperation, Is Thy Name Xcel Energy?

By Chip Martin, Special To RGB About 10 days ago, I wrote about the exciting push toward municipalization in Colorado, and how the citizens there were working to free themselves from the yoke of Xcel Energy oppression.  As I wrote then (at the risk of seeming self-reverential): Despite mouthing public platitudes about how much it […]

June 9th

Coloradans Have Nothing To Lose But Chains

By Chip Martin, Special To RGB As most of you who read me regularly know, I am all about smashing the regulated-monopoly-utility racket that currently holds us hostage. They’ve never faced real competition before, and now rooftop solar poses a significant threat. That’s why they’re hell-bent on regulating it out of the picture. In Colorado, […]

May 29th

Why Sunrun Added REC And Joined With Sungevity

This article originally appeared on Solar Wakeup. By Yann Brandt, Managing Editor of SolarWakeup Residential solar is the fastest growing part of the solar market and some of the major players in the sector have been making big moves. Recently, Sunrun acquired the residential division of REC Solar including AEE Solar and SnapNrack while also announcing […]

May 13th