Author Archives: Stephen Lacey

80% of Contracts in Latest Brazil Power Auction Are for Wind Power

December 22nd, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

In Brazil’s latest power auction earlier this week — a process in which developers bid for contracts with the country’s national electricity agency — more than 80% of contracts were for wind projects. This follows an auction in August that brought in power contracts for wind that were below the bidding price of natural gas plants


Renewable Energy Standard Lies — The Next Big Thing?

December 20th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

The truth can be very inconvenient. With real-world experience and numerous non-partisan research organizations showing over and over again that state-level renewable energy targets have not substantially driven up electricity rates, clean energy opponents are simply creating their own numbers


Solar 1/3 of World Energy Supply in 2060? Conservative IEA Thinks So

December 3rd, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

The International Energy Agency is notoriously conservative on projections for renewable energy. The agency has embraced the need for more clean electricity and fuels to address climate change and peak oil, but its outlook for the future is usually far more conservative than how reality plays out. So when an official at the IEA says we could get up to one third of our global energy supply from solar photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, and solar hot water by 2060, that’s a fairly big piece of news. But even that projection may be conservative.


Harry Reid Slams Tar Sands Pipeline ($$ Better Spent on Clean Energy)

October 24th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is weighing in on Keystone XL, the controversial 1,700 mile pipeline that would bring carbon-intensive crude across the U.S. from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries in the Gulf Coast. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this month, Reid expressed concerns about the environmental impact of the project


NIMBYism Kills 45% of Clean Energy Projects

October 24th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

Almost half of clean energy projects proposed in recent years have been delayed or abandoned due to local opposition, according to a March report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That’s a lot of development potential denied


PACE Program in Babylon Rockin’ It (VIDEO)

October 8th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

Sammy Chu knows that energy efficiency creates local jobs. He’s seen it for himself. As director of Long Island Green Homes, a local financing program based around Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Chu has seen the creation of dozens of new contractor positions that have helped his home town of Babylon, New York, invest millions of dollars in efficiency retrofits


Clearing Up How Loan Guarantees (like Solyndra’s) Work? (VIDEO)

September 20th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

The Solyndra investigation has brought loan guarantees out of the obscure world of political wonkery and into the living rooms of Americans around the country. The problem is, many in the media are completely misrepresenting how the instrument works and who supports it. So we’ve put together a video primer on how loan guarantees work, posted below


NYTimes Green Jobs Story Misstated Sources Tremendously

September 7th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey

Shortly after the New York Times released an inaccurate piece on the growth of green jobs, Van Jones expressed anger that the writer used selective quotes from an hour-long interview to satisfy the predetermined conclusion of the article. Now, one of the other key sources, SolFocus VP of Business Development Nancy Hartsoch, is speaking out about the reporter’s selective use of facts to paint an inaccurate picture of her company’s operations. In an exclusive interview, she tells Climate Progress



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