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A tale of two nations

July 17th, 2012


By: Jeremy Twitchell

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, there’s really no better way of contrasting how wind energy has fared this month in Dickens’ homeland, the United Kingdom, with how it has fared in the U.S.

Last week, the British government authorized two new wind farms that together will provide more than 1 gigwatt (GW) of power, part of a decade-long initiative to increase the country’s overall offshore wind capacity to 18 GW by 2020. It is also another step toward the nation’s goal of drawing 15% of its energy load from renewable sources by the same year.

And when the British government recently proposed to reduce the tax credit that it provides to wind farms by 10% because of declining technology costs, the industry agreed. Even when more conservative politicians called for cuts of 25%, the two sides recognized the importance of maintaining predictability for the industry and quickly moved to work out their differences. An agreement is expected later this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Break Down Bureaucracy to Get Breakthrough Technologies

March 4th, 2011


Washington policy wonks scoffed when the Obama Administration announced last year that the Department of Energy and Pentagon were going to collaborate in developing new clean energy technologies. They thought such a shot-gun marriage was impractical and  impossible to even get off the ground. Instead, it is proving to be model for the kind of culture of cooperation between government agencies that we desperately need if we are going to move to clean energy to save money, create new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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The Big Pay Off of Investing in Nuclear Energy

February 22nd, 2011


This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

In the midst of talk about government shutdowns and budget showdowns, it seems like there is not any room for bipartisan agreement in the Nation’s Capital. One of the all too rare glimmers of hope comes from reviving America’s nuclear energy industry. President Obama supports it. So do Republican leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner. The question is how we get there.

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