New on the Blog
- Pennsylvania makes a promising move toward fracking transparency.
- Bad energy forecasts are not just a federal problem.
- Germany can teach us about energy efficiency opportunities and reassembling the parts of our existing transportation system to reach better outcomes.
- U.S. cities looking for transportation-innovation inspiration can find some ideas overseas.
- Pitting transit funding against other transit funding misses the real target: transportation priorities.
New Report: Shining Rewards
Net energy metering has been instrumental in the rapid growth of solar energy in the United States, making it more affordable for people to “go solar” and enabling solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid and to society at large. The 11 studies reviewed in Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society demonstrate that the value created by solar energy – in avoided energy losses, reduced need for capital investment in the grid and reduced greenhouse gas emissions – is often higher than the compensation solar panel owners earn through net metering. (6/2015) (Photo credit: New Orleans, Gulf Coast Solar).
New Report: Progress On Hold
Ohio’s Clean Energy Law, passed in 2008, put Ohio on the fast track toward more clean energy and more energy efficiency – boosting the economy and providing big electricity bill savings for consumers. Yet despite a record of success, in 2014, the Ohio Legislature and Gov. John Kasich watered down and stalled the law by passing Senate Bill 310, the clean energy freeze. Progress on Hold reveals that Ohio has a great deal to lose from the freeze and rollback of the Clean Energy Law – and stands to lose even more if the law is permanently frozen or repealed. (6/2015) (Photo credit: Alex Snyder, for Wayne National Forest)