Might as well face it, you’re addicted to oil

August 21, 2013 at 6:00 am
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I took on America’s addiction to oil as one might any other addiction intervention, but with more data (naturally) and a little hat tip to Robert Palmer. It’s time to kick the habit and start down the long road to recovery.

Read it here: Might as well face it, you’re addicted to oil

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Can US Solar PV Costs Keep Falling?

August 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Greentech Media this week, I reviewed a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the installed cost of U.S. solar PV systems since 1998. The good news is that costs are still falling. But further cost reductions will depend largely on policymakers.

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Interview on NPR today about solar on the grid

August 14, 2013 at 10:02 am
Contributed by: Chris

I appeared on WBUR/Boston’s “Here and Now” today, to talk about solar on the grid. To listen to it today, you can find NPR stations that syndicate the show here (it has already aired on the East Coast but check local listings for re-broadcasts). The full audio of the interview will be posted here later today.

Here are some articles I’ve written on the subject, some of which were referenced in the interview:

Behind Closed Doors, Utilities Grapple With New Strategies

Adapt or Die? Private Utilities and the Distributed Energy Juggernaut

Can the Utility Industry Survive the Energy Transition?

The 2020 Deadline: No Excuse Left for Delaying the Energy Transition

Trouble in fracking paradise

August 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I observed that oil prices are still in triple digits but Big Oil is taking losses and the fracking boom is cooling down. That can only mean one thing: prices are going higher.

Read it here: Trouble in fracking paradise

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Is Natural Gas the Cheapest Path to Clean Grid Power?

August 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Greentech Media this week, I summarized some new research from NREL and JISEA which suggested that natural gas could be the cheapest way to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets for power generation until 2030. After that, wind would be.

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