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Cap and Trade 101

A cap is a limit on pollution defined by a government: so a government legally defines how much of a pollutant companies can produce. If they produce more, they have to pay fines. The polluting companies are assigned credits by the government as well. If they are polluting too much and won’t stop, they can buy credits from […]

February 29th

Clean Air Act — 10 Impacts

Many of the benefits from the Clean Air Act of 1963 and again 1970 & 1990, unsurprisingly, are related to reductions in air pollution. Emissions across the nation decreased by 69% for particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. Between 1980 and 2014, air pollution concentrations improved for: lead by 98% carbon monoxide […]

February 29th

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

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

Who Has The Best Job In Solar? Bet It’s Not You

By Chet Henry, Special To RGB Close your eyes for a moment and picture the perfect job in solar. You’d talk solar all day and all night. You’d work with some of the most innovative companies in the solar world. You’d fly around the country — first class, of course — to attend solar ribbon […]

May 9th

Paula Mints: Will The Tariff Wars Ever End?

Paula Mints is one of the top market researchers in the country whose insights are sharp and incisive. She is also the founder and chief market research analyst for SPV  Market Research. In this post, she says the trade wars currently raging in the solar industry must stop — or the long-term damage to the industry may be irreparable. […]

April 6th

We Love Solar So Much That We Want To Smother It

We all know those parents, hovering just out of sight, keeping an eye on every move their children make, offering unsolicited advice and generally trying to keep control of everything — all in the name of “love.” The utilities have studied that behavior and decided to go all-in with it, with a much more sinister goal: to […]

April 1st

Full text of President Obama’s jobs speech to Congress

Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations.
…We shouldn’t be in a race to the bottom, where we try to offer the cheapest labor and the worst pollution standards. America should be in a race to the top. And I believe that’s a race we can win.

September 8th

Senator Jon Tester of Montana Insults US Farmers

Senator Tester (D, Montana) has been pushing an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 exempting small farms from the bill’s provisions.  The wisdom of this legislation and the amendment are subjects of legitimate debate, but the Senator reveals his actual agenda in this quote: “Small producers are not raising a commodity, […]

November 23rd