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Lessons from Europe: Price, Policy, and Market Participants in the EU ETS
 by Anne-Franziska Sinner 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...
Jun 13, 2011 10:16 AM ET
Community Choice Aggregation: A Sexy Idea With An Unsexy Name
A California law passed in 2002 allows communities served by private utilities to bring citizens together who want to get more renewable energy than is required by law and maybe quit supporting nuclear. That’s what motivated Marin County, which lies just north of San Francisco, CA, and seven of its cities.
Apr 27, 2011 4:46 PM ET
Integrating Renewable Energy into China’s Electrical Grid
Center for Resource Solutions and the Energy Foundation's China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) is addressing the biggest challenges to wind integration in China, including revising grid codes, improving wind forecasting, increasing the size of balancing areas, and improving Grid and Generator Flexibility in dealing with intermittent sources.  
Apr 6, 2011 10:00 AM ET
A Clean Energy Standard and the Voluntary Market
Making sure that lawmakers preserve and protect the voluntary renewable energy market is a worthwhile exercise,  since  it is business and entrepreneurs who have created this market to meet the demands of customers who don’t believe that policy at the state or federal level goes far enough toward building a clean energy...
Mar 22, 2011 3:30 PM ET
How to Be a Guilty Environmentalist
Becoming an environmentally conscientious person is a slippery slope of guilt and anxiety: each time I have taken a step towards trimming my carbon footprint I find that it never seems to be enough. When turning off lights and recycling cans was no longer enough I switched to vegetarianism, and once there I next had to start worrying about how much I fly. Now I am ashamed even just thinking...
Jan 26, 2011 6:10 PM ET