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Noah Ginsberg 10/24/13
Yesterday the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a new study titled “Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus” and hosted a discussion on the topic. The study and panelists rightfully support more investment in energy innovation, but claim that proponents of renewable energy deployment policies, which they call “The Deployment Consensus,” are missing the boat on how to create competitive energy markets and combat global climate change.
There are many problems with the study and claims several panelists made at yesterday's event. As Alan Nogee, former Director of the Clean Energy Program at Union of Concerned Scientists, points out on Twitter, the “whole premise [of the study] lumps very different studies together…and mischaracterizes scenarios as forecasts and prescriptions.” Here is a list of a few more problems with the study:
- The study dubiously disregards the projected and current price declines of renewable energy due to current market drivers and deployment policies at the federal and state levels. Further, the study fails to shed adequate light on the fact that renewable energy was the fastest growing source of electrical generation capacity last year due to recent and steep price declines.
By Lesley Hunter 10/23/13
The Midwest’s remarkable renewable energy resources, vast agricultural land, strong manufacturing base, and leading research institutions have propelled the region to become a hub for renewable energy development. It is home to over a third of U.S. wind power capacity and 80% of U.S. biofuel production capacity. However, uncertainty about federal policy – like the production tax credit (PTC) and renewable fuels standard (RFS) – as well as transmission constraints could hinder Midwestern renewable energy capacity additions in the near term, with 2013 expected to yield only a fraction of the installations seen in previous years. Nevertheless, increasingly affordable project costs and state renewable energy targets will continue to drive market momentum in the region, as indicated by recent, positive signals given by renewable energy companies and utilities.
By Noah Ginsberg and Bill Holmberg 10/4/13
In a recent poll commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute, Harris Interactive found that 77% of Americans are “concerned” about putting ethanol - particularly E15 - in their vehicles. It’s sad to hear that, considering vehicles made beginning in 2001 have been approved by the EPA for E15 ethanol blends. These blends provide important benefits to American consumers and our environment. But here’s the thing about the API poll: outside the world of skewed polling, you will not find that 77% of Americans are concerned about putting E15 in their vehicles.