(First published in The Capital, April 27, 2018) Anne Arundel County, Maryland—my home county—is wrestling with how to accommodate demand for new solar farms while preserving its rural and agricultural character. It's a familiar challenge faced by communities across America: As solar panel costs have dropped (92% over the past decade) and customer demand for … Continue reading Can community solar help preserve Anne Arundel County’s rural character?
(First published in North American Windpower, March 5, 2018) Since Maryland first enacted its Offshore Wind Energy Act in 2013, it has continued along a trajectory to become a national leader in offshore wind. Last year, Maryland’s Public Service Commission gave regulatory approval to a combined 368 MW of capacity to the two developers – US … Continue reading Maryland Offshore Wind is Gaining Steam
Polity Partners' Josh Cohen has launched a new podcast, More Power To You, dedicated to a sustainable, clean energy economy. The first five episodes are up, with more on the way. Guests so far have covered topics ranging from offshore wind and electricity procurement to the politics of climate action and Chesapeake Bay restoration. Listen … Continue reading New clean energy podcast
Record growth The American solar industry is enjoying an era of record-breaking growth. Last year saw more growth in new solar generation—12.5 GW—and jobs—51,000—than any year on record. Thanks to cost declines, more and more homeowners are now opting to purchase the panels outright instead of taking the more common approach and leasing them. The … Continue reading Solar forecast: bright and sunny, but still some cloudy patches
Come see Polity Partners' Josh Cohen at Building Operating Management's NFMT2017 conference in Baltimore this March. Josh is hosting the panel presentation, Federal Financing 101 for Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Don't Forget About Uncle Sam!