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Harnessing Solar Power Through Third-Party Power Purchase Agreements

By Alex Fields Published October 21, 2014

Solar power is becoming increasingly cost-competitive with traditional energy sources in the United States. As policymakers remove subsidies for solar power, they must also ensure that solar will be able to thrive in the new energy economy. Removing policy barriers, especially restrictions on third-party power purchase agreements (PPAs), is essential.


Innovative Battery Technology: the Key to Affordable Renewable Energy

By Alex Fields Published April 14, 2014

Renewable energy, particularly wind and solar power, shows great promise for encouraging environmentally-friendly electricity generation. However, expensive batteries have prevented renewable energy production from displacing conventional energy sources. To lower the cost of renewable energy, researchers have developed new and effective battery technology using organic compounds.


Protecting Pollution Prevention

By Alex Fields Published November 8, 2013

In 2011, the EPA implemented policies under the Clean Air Act to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They mandated that power plants and factories that generate significant amounts of carbon dioxide would be subject to permitting regulations. However, the Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case by several industry groups and state governments against these regulations. If the EPA's efforts are rejected, then it will be far more difficult to prevent runaway climate change.


Oil: The Lost Topic of the Syria Debate

By Alex Fields Published October 4, 2013

With more than 100,000 people dead and many more refugees, when will the humanitarian disaster in Syria be resolved? Major international actors, especially the U.S., hesitate and question what strategic interests are at stake and how to preserve them. Amid the involvement of foreign governments, terrorist attacks, and chemical weapon use, the consequences for oil have been obscured.