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Four Charts That Show The U.S. Spends Too Little On Energy Research

April 11 -- At his confirmation hearing this morning, Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz told the Senate that the United States spends far too little on energy R&D. “We are underinvesting by a factor of three,” he said. Is that accurate? Many energy experts have, indeed, argued over the years that the U.S. government should do a lot more to invest in innovative new energy technologies — particularly if we want to address global warming. >>View Article

Renewable Energy: Filling The Megawatt Void

April 11 -- If any sector would seem unlikely to be singled out for its robust dealmaking outlook, renewable energy might seem to be it. After a surge in investment and in installations over the past decade, renewable energy seemed to run out of road in 2012, undermined by extreme competition, low natural gas prices and limits on government assistance in a budget-constrained environment. >>View Article 

Renewable Energy Is In Everyone’s Interest

April 9 -- In a recent column the New England Ratepayers Association’s Marc Brown incorrectly claims that ratepayers are being forced to buy expensive electricity under the state’s renewable portfolio standard when cheaper alternatives exist, and at no value to us (“Green energy hits ratepayers’ pockets hard,” Monitor Forum, March 28). Brown’s claim was refuted when New Hampshire undertook serious economic evaluations and bipartisan collaboration before concluding that employing a renewable portfolio standard is indeed in the best interests of ratepayers and the public good. >>View Article

With Help From Nature, A Town Aims To Be A Solar Capital

April 9 -- There are at least two things to know about this high desert city. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city’s mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing. Two years ago, the mayor, a Republican, decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun so that Lancaster could become the solar capital “of the world,” he said. Then he reconsidered. “Of the universe,” he said, the brio in his tone indicating that it would be parsimonious to confine his ambition to any one planet. >>View Article

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