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3 Ways Wind and Solar Can Continue To Grow In a 21st-Century Grid. Earlier this year, MIT researchers were the latest in a series of analysts to raise alarm about the perceived limitations of solar PV’s continued growth.

3 Ways Wind and Solar Can Continue To Grow In a 21st-Century Grid

In short, these analysts propose that variable renewables will depress wholesale prices when they run, thereby limiting their own economic success. These concerns have garnered coverage in other venues (including Vox, Greentech Media, and The Financial Times), leading observers to suggest that the future prospects for renewables may be dim. But are these concerns really justified, or do they rely on outdated assumptions about the grid and about electricity markets? We argue that these critiques, assuming a static grid and unchanging market mechanisms, can be used to make any innovation look bad. In this article, we argue that falling wholesale prices is a good problem to have, and that concerns about economic limitations ignore remedies available from supply-side evolution, demand-side resources, and updated market mechanisms. Why Energy Efficiency is the Least-Cost Climate Tool. An authoritative new study released earlier this week from a consortium of groups led by Fraunhaufer ISI, a German think tank, and funded by ClimateWorks shows how energy efficiency can be a low-cost pathway to keeping global warming to the critical 2 degrees centigrade mark.

Why Energy Efficiency is the Least-Cost Climate Tool

The report, How Energy Efficiency Cuts Costs for a 2-Degree Future, shows the results of a detailed study of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies. It finds that, by leveraging energy efficiency as a significant complement to decarbonizing the energy supply, those countries can realize savings of $2.8 trillion and achieve a net-zero cost to society by 2030 while still achieving decarbonization and minimizing climate change. This study presents further support for solutions RMI has been championing for decades, combining energy efficiency with clean-energy pathways.

A Least-Cost Means to Limit Warming Efficiency Is Effective—and Cost-Effective—Everywhere. 26 Disruptive Tech Trends for the Rest of the Decade. Brands must think like their. 7 Reasons Businesses Should Accelerate Their Renewable Energy Strategy Now. Yet again, Congress has been working furiously to pass a year-end version of the "Tax Extenders" bill, something that has become an annual ritual to forestall the executioner on a variety of wide-ranging temporary tax incentives.

7 Reasons Businesses Should Accelerate Their Renewable Energy Strategy Now

Meanwhile, those with a vested interest in the U.S. renewable energy market wait with bated breath. The bill includes provisions to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC), two powerful economic subsidies for continued renewable energy expansion. Arguably, this year's Tax Extender legislation stands to affect no group of interested parties more than corporate or institutional (C&I) buyers of long-term renewable energy. It has been a record-setting year for corporate purchasing of large-scale wind and solar energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs). Cumulative PPA Purchases, Courtesy of Renewable Choice Energy (current as of 12.9.15) View Larger. Congress Just Extended the PTC and ITC: What You Need to Know. Environmentalists and energy analysts (among others) are asking if this grand compromise is a good one.

Congress Just Extended the PTC and ITC: What You Need to Know

We think it is. The costs of solar and wind power have been falling steadily and sharply for years. They are widely expected to become the cheapest way to generate power in the U.S. and most of the rest of the world by 2020, as reported by Bloomberg, Fortune, and U.S. News & World Report. The Paris Agreement: 10 Key Takeaways for the Global Energy Landscape.

Last Saturday in Paris, after two weeks of intense negotiations, delegates from nearly 200 countries approved a historic agreement to address climate change.

The Paris Agreement: 10 Key Takeaways for the Global Energy Landscape

With a small team from RMI, we were part of the so-called COP (Conference of Parties), and followed the negotiations from close up. In our mind, the Paris agreement represents a tremendous breakthrough in the fight against climate change. Top 12 Clean Energy Developments of 2015. Roaming Market by Aberrant Architecture.

A tiny mobile performance venue based on sixteenth century market stalls and Roman fortune tellers will be appearing around the Lower Marsh area of Waterloo in London this summer.

Roaming Market by Aberrant Architecture

Alexander von Humboldt: The man who made nature modern. His contemporaries considered Alexander von Humboldt the most famous man in the world after Napoleon, and Thomas Jefferson called him “one of the greatest ornaments of the age.”

Alexander von Humboldt: The man who made nature modern

There are more plants, animals, minerals and places named after Humboldt than any other person. In California alone, a county, a bay, a college and a state park all bear his name. He is a founding father of environmentalism, a visionary who predicted man-made climate change as early as 1800. Yet Humboldt is almost forgotten in the English-speaking world. We see his name on maps, on the information cards at the zoo or in the newspaper — the Humboldt Current, the Humboldt penguin, Humboldt State, the Humboldt mountain range — but most Americans know little about the man.

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