Dusseldorf: the Rhine, the Oberkasseler bridge, and the Düsseldorfer Altstadt—the longest bar in the world. Photo: Erin Camarena.

Travelogue: RECS Market Meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany

Late last month I had the opportunity to travel to Dusseldorf, Germany for the RECS Market Meeting, a conference that focuses on voluntary renewable electricity market and policy developments and is similar to our own Renewable Energy Markets conference. It is organized each year by RECS International, a Netherlands-based non-profit association of electricity market players …

Thoughts at “100% Renewables” in San Francisco

Last week, I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason, a former military pier turned into a bright, scenic conference center, for some inspiration at the first “Pathways to 100% Renewables” conference. The new event attracted such speakers as SF Mayor Ed Lee and the Small Planet Institute’s France Moore Lappé. Sponsored by a variety …

Travelogue: RECS Market Meeting 2013

My colleague Alex Pennock and I recently travelled to snowy Berlin to attend the RECS Market Meeting hosted by RECS International.  After the long journey, we arrived in the historic German city and were greeted warmly by the almost exclusively European conferencegoers. Why go to Europe?  Over the past few years, there have been numerous …

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The LEED 2012 Green Building Standard’s Green Power Credit

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recently opened a fourth comment period for many of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. The review process has been long and involved, but I’m extremely pleased to see that the language for the updated Green Power credit is no longer up for …

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Community Choice Aggregation: A Sexy Idea With An Unsexy Name

It’s a sexy idea with an unsexy name – “Community Choice Aggregation” or CCA. A California law passed in 2002 allows communities served by private utilities to aggregate citizens who choose to participate and procure electricity for them without having to buy the poles and wires, as would be required for municipalization. And if a …

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Inside The European Union’s Aggressive 20-20-20 Renewable Energy Goals

With the lack of progress of a comprehensive federal renewable energy policy at the U.S. Capitol, it was heartening to hear about real progress being made in Europe during my recent trip to Brussels at the end of March. As a speaker at the RECS International Market Meeting, I had the opportunity to interact with …

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Guest Post: A Clean Energy Standard and the Voluntary Market

  I spent some time last week in Washington D.C. meeting with staff in a number of Senate offices. I was there representing the Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA), a trade association for renewable energy marketers, developers and suppliers focused on building and maintaining robust markets for renewable energy in the U.S. As reports of …