Posts tagged ‘renewable energy incentives’

Public crisis in clean energy – Read Kassia Yanosek’s article in Foreign Affairs

August 4th, 2011 by Greg Boutin

Kassia Yanosek, a friend and ex-classmate at Stanford, just co-wrote a fascinating article in Foreign Affairs on “The Crisis in Clean Energy“.

Stimulus to renewables are certainly a controversial topic in times of financial restraint. In an ideal world, renewables could compete on an equal footing with 20th-century sources of energy because there would be no subsidies (direct and indirect) to carbon and nuclear energies, and there would be market-based mechanism to incorporate societal costs (e.g. effect of emissions on health and environment) into their prices as well.

Unfortunately, it is not an ideal world just yet, so a faster way to level the field is to subsidize renewables. Easier said than done because, as opposed to the largely hidden subsidies to the oil and nuclear industries (military support, environmental clean-up, health system etc), the direct subsidies that renewables receive are much easier to pinpoint and attack.

Quick article excerpt below – I suggest you read the rest on Foreign Affairs.

Plugging the commercialization gap is far trickier than plugging the technology gap because the costs are greater and the best policies require government agencies to work alongside private actors without undermining market competition — a delicate balancing act. And it is in this area that the clean-energy industry is most in trouble today.

Kassia Yanosek

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Automated sales proposal and product decision tool for concentrated solar start-up

May 6th, 2010 by Greg Boutin
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Nailing the right market strategy for a concentrated solar product requires frequent iterations – almost as frequent as the product design changes.

So I first modeled all of the more quantifiable factors: power prices, insolation levels, and public incentives. Remark those still vary with location, project size and type, and for the first two at least, time of day. Fun stuff.

Did the engineers of our Californian startup get more headaches from their work? They did spend long periods on a red-hot roof testing prototypes. But there is something about creating the future that just makes you love the grunt work. (more…)

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