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Lessons from Europe: Price, Policy, and Market Participants in the EU ETS

As a European with professional experience in carbon market consulting, I nearly feel obligated to share some of my thoughts on carbon emission trading, especially since California is getting serious with the introduction of its own cap and trade scheme that will most likely take effect next year. Therefore, I will share some experiences and …

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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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Integrating Renewable Energy into China’s Electrical Grid

Photo Courtesy The Wind Ninja     Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) may be most recognized for its Green-e programs, but it works to promote renewable energy in many more ways. Since 1999, CRS has been involved with the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), which aims to build capacity within China to expand …

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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 …