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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by

The increasing integration of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar onto the grid has the potential to negatively impact overall electric reliability. Utilities and regulators at the state and federal level have promoted a number of pilots to explore new grid storage technologies, including flow batteries, compressed air energy storage, and flywheels. However, the benefits to the grid straddle jurisdictional boundaries between generation, transmission, and distribution. How should storage be paid for and by whom? What will be the public reaction in terms of siting, permitting, and local NIMBY resistance? How big a role can storage ultimately play in achieving renewable energy mandates, such as California’s 2020 RPS?

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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The U.S. has subsidized rooftop solar PV primarily through a combination of federal tax incentives and utility-administered programs. At the same time, Germany, Japan, and Spain have all achieved explosive growth in their renewable energy markets in recent years through Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs), where a government policy directly sets the subsidy price to eligible consumers. Many are now advocating that the FiT model should be applied in the U.S. Others are questioning what impact it would have in the market and whether the structure of incentives leads to different technology choices by consumers.
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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
Cleantech is a new sector that lacks a history of serial entrepreneurship and experienced angel investors that can help coach and fund young companies. With insufficient private capital going to seed funding in the current market, young companies are seeking strategies to get them to the point of venture readiness. Challenges and opportunities for commercializing promising new energy technologies may be hiding in government, corporate and academic research labs. In addition, public sector may play an important role in innovation beyond funding of basic research — through ARPA-E and stimulus programs — and in filling the funding gap for cleantech start-ups at the earliest seed stage.
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Economic Outlook
April 06, 2010 Posted by
The bond market seems to be screaming in favor of "bad medicine" in the form of higher interest rates.

Over the last two weeks, the 10-year yields have risen close to 30 basis points. The latest burst came after Friday's employment figure release showed an additional 162,000 workers added to payrolls last month.
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Observation Deck
April 01, 2010 Posted by
In response to the severe market disruption to the economy two years ago, the Federal Reserve created multiple liquidity programs aimed at stabilizing the financial system. Since then, market conditions have improved and the Fed is now tasked with implementing a strategy to normalize monetary policy.
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Economic Outlook
March 30, 2010 Posted by
I had the typical childhood growing up, including time with most of the classic fairy tales. However, I never read Alice in Wonderland, nor did I see any film versions until just this past weekend.
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Economic Outlook
March 23, 2010 Posted by
Planning out your actions is always good advice. However, when opposing parties get to react with free will, which they always do, plans beyond step one are rarely the correct course. This Yiddish proverb says it best: Man plans, God laughs.
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Economic Outlook
March 16, 2010 Posted by
In the 1987 movie Wall Street, up-and-coming young stock broker Bud Fox calmly provides a counter bid for his premium penthouse apartment by saying "Offer 950."
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Economic Outlook
March 02, 2010 Posted by
The Fed should begin raising interest rates in earnest in early 2011, once consumers have some vision of and confidence in both their wealth and job prospects. At that point, the Fed should aggressively raise rates more than one 75 basis point hike. See Joe Morgan's and Jim Anderson's Point / Counterpoint
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Observation Deck
March 01, 2010 Posted by
What a difference a stimulus makes. As we entered this global recession/credit crisis a few years ago, governments around the world came up with plans to support their banking systems and stimulate growth in their respective economies.
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