solar

October 6, 2022

Solar Energy Growth Fuels Need For Recycling

As we wrote last week, the Inflation Reduction Act is expected to spur renewable energy adoption and manufacturing in the U.S. This is welcome news since the vast majority of solar panels have long been manufactured overseas, often in less than stellar conditions. However, the rapid solar panel growth in […]
September 29, 2022

Tax Credits May Spur U.S. Renewable Energy Manufacturing

As we wrote back in August, the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act is a bit of a mixed bag for inflation. However, it contains some bright spots for U.S. manufacturers and the future of the clean energy industry. Will the U.S. finally become a player in the renewable energy manufacturing […]
September 21, 2022

The Race for Nuclear Fusion Is Heating Up

For nearly a century, the scientific community has pursued the goal of nuclear fusion, hoping to invent technology to create plasma, literal star power on Earth at temperatures many times hotter than our sun. The challenges are enormous, but so are the potential rewards. If achieved, fusion can create near-limitless […]
September 8, 2022

California Faces Blackout Risk….Again

Yet another heat wave is scorching California. Temperatures soared into the triple digits, with officials urging residents to conserve energy as the power grid threatened to go dark.  Miraculously, the state managed to avert a crisis after a well-timed text message campaign. At 5:30 PM, California’s grid operator ordered its […]
August 31, 2022

EV Tax Credits May Not Spur Widespread Adoption

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act significantly changed electric vehicle (E.V.) tax credits. While Energy Fairness enthusiastically supports E.V.s, we have to wonder whether the tax credit changes will help speed the E.V. transition. We’re not alone in our concerns. In fact, U.S. automakers worry that up to 70% of […]
August 24, 2022

Germany Looks Elsewhere for Energy Supplies

More than a decade ago, Germany embarked on its aggressive energy transition, known as Energiewende. With the expectation that wind and solar energy alone could someday power Europe’s largest economy, the country set about aggressively shutting down coal and nuclear power plants. It ended up with an unstable power grid […]
August 18, 2022

Diablo Canyon Gets a Lifeline

For years, Energy Fairness has urged California lawmakers to keep Diablo Canyon, the state’s last remaining nuclear plant, online. Finally, Governor Gavin Newsome heard those calls and has released a draft proposal for extending the lifespan of the two reactors by five to ten years. The proposal calls for keeping […]
August 3, 2022

An Energy Bill By Another Name

After going back and forth over energy and climate-related legislation for over a year, Senate Democrats unveiled the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 last week. Along with funding for healthcare and changes to the tax code, the bill includes $369 billion in energy security and climate spending. The bill aims […]
July 29, 2022

Cyber Security Actions Leave Us Vulnerable

In May of last year, the Eastern European crime group DarkSide shut down the Colonial Pipeline for six days. The pipeline provides 45% of fuel for the East Coast and its shutdown left thousands of service stations without gas and pushed prices to levels that, at the time, had not […]
July 22, 2022

Germany Needs A Nuclear Option

We’ve written volumes about the failure of Germany’s Energiewende, the nation’s transition to a carbon-free economy by 2038. We’ve also repeatedly written about Germany’s head-scratching decision to pivot away from nuclear energy even as the country’s carbon emissions rose. Now, the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may […]
July 15, 2022

Energy Fairness Releases White Paper on Electricity Deregulation

As part of our ongoing effort to educate policymakers on emerging trends and significant issues in the electricity marketplace, Energy Fairness has released its latest report on electricity deregulation. With about a quarter of U.S. states having electricity markets that are completely or mostly deregulated, some states continue to consider […]
July 11, 2022

Europe’s Energy Squeeze Continues

Mostly outside of America’s public view, Europe’s energy situation continues to worsen. Only a few weeks ago, Russia’s state gas producer Gazprom reduced gas flow to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, causing energy prices to skyrocket amid fears of shortages. Additionally, Gazprom cut off three European Union countries […]
February 19, 2013

Hazardous Waste…from the Solar Industry

The solar energy industry is struggling with what to do with millions of tons of hazardous waste generated each year. Yes, you read that right…the solar energy industry. The one consistently held up by the media and environmental groups as “clean.” According to a report from the Associated Press, “Fueled […]
May 29, 2013

Solar Industry Plagued by Defects

Solar panels that fail just two years into their twenty-five-year life cycle. Protective coatings on solar panels that cause fires. These are the findings of a new report by the New York Times, which claims that the $77 billion solar industry is facing a quality crisis of frightening proportions. Just […]
April 25, 2018

Community Solar for All

PACE supports “all of the above” energy policies, even though the phrase itself has fallen out of fashion in some circles. All of the above, in case we haven’t always been clear, includes renewable energy. One of the most important renewable sources is community solar. The price is right, compared […]
May 15, 2018

Wolverines Set Shining Solar Example

Last summer, PACE released a report reviewing state solar net metering policies and discussing ideologies that influence some states to over-compensate private solar generators at the expense of every other consumer on the grid. We’ve enjoyed presenting on this topic and appreciate the many positive comments about our report’s readability and usefulness. […]
May 24, 2018

Smarter Ways Forward with The Ray

Frequently, PACE talks about consumers’ interest in transportation from a fuel supply angle (oil pipelines) or integrating new technologies (electric vehicles). Many big thinkers are attempting to envision how, when and at what cost energy, telecommunications and transportation will converge. Many laudable “Smart Cities” projects and pilots with broad scopes […]
June 18, 2018

Net Metering Debates Heat Up

Net metering policies evolved in several states this year, including Michigan, Connecticut, and Maine. Meanwhile, other states such as Kentucky saw heated battles sure to return. PACE supports changes in net metering laws that bring more fairness to the system – paying retail rates instead of avoided costs for net […]