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Articles by Stephen Lacey

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This is what the utility death spiral looks like

This is what the utility death spiral looks like

In Germany, utility revenues are spiraling down the rabbit hole. Will American (and Australian) power companies follow?

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Former Duke CEO: US grid will be ‘blank sheet of paper'

Former Duke CEO: US grid will be ‘blank sheet of paper’

Former Duke CEO Jim Rogers calls for “de-coupling on steroids” in order to get utilities prepared to rewrite the future.

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Google snaps up Nest for $3.2bn in new move into home energy

Google snaps up Nest for $3.2bn in new move into home energy

Will Nest help Google succeed where it previously failed in home energy management?

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Ford, SunPower team up for solar-charged electric vehicle

Ford, SunPower team up for solar-charged electric vehicle

Ford and SunPower introduce “the first plug-in hybrid that doesn’t need to plug in.” Could they by-pass the grid altogether?

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Can a historic coal state create a real solar market?

Can a historic coal state create a real solar market?

Can a coal state really make the transition to solar PV? That may depend on who’s funding which politicians.

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Boulder votes to buy back the grid to accelerate renewables

Boulder votes to buy back the grid to accelerate renewables

Boulder will become the first city in the US to buy back its grid to support more clean energy and reduce carbon emissions. Other cities are sure to follow.

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Two-thirds of world's top companies have set green targets

Two-thirds of world’s top companies have set green targets

New analysis has found that 68% of companies in the Global 100 list have targets to lower emissions and/or purchase clean energy.

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Free market hypocrisy: America's energy double standard

Free market hypocrisy: America’s energy double standard

Calls for a ‘free-market’ approach to clean energy development are pure hypocrisy. Why hold renewables to different standards than fossil fuels?

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New York unveils $1bn green bank, $1.5bn solar program

New York unveils $1bn green bank, $1.5bn solar program

NY Governor plans a billion-dollar “green bank”, a 10-year expansion of his solar program, and a cleantech “czar” to oversee the efforts.

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BHP Billiton: 'Coal is going to decline. And frankly, it should'

BHP Billiton: ‘Coal is going to decline. And frankly, it should’

Global mining giant’s coal chief talks climate risk, extreme weather, the absolute ceiling on GHG emissions and thermal coal’s inevitable decline.

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Climate aid vs Fossil fuel subsidies – guess who's winning?

Climate aid vs Fossil fuel subsidies – guess who’s winning?

New analysis shows rich countries spent $58bn on fossil fuel subsidies in 2011 – roughly five times the spend on climate aid in developing countries.