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Craig Lewis
Craig Lewis is the Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, a nonprofit clean energy organization that is a leading advocate for clean local energy.

Entries by Craig Lewis

On Long Island, a Smarter, More Resilient Power System

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 7:05 PM

The Clean Power Plan, recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to clean up the nation's electricity sector. This unprecedented regulation will reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, while also providing states with flexibility in how to achieve this goal. One constant across...

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With 'Megadroughts' in the Future, We Need More Renewable Energy Today

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:40 PM


Rising carbon emissions may lead to unprecedented "megadroughts" in the United States later this century, according to a recent NASA report. And these droughts could impact our lights as much as our lawns.

That's because powering computers, phones, lamps, and other...

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Evolving the Electric Utility

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Co-authored by David Olsen

A smarter market structure will unleash competition and innovation to provide cleaner, more reliable and more affordable electricity.

The success of a business should depend on the quality of service provided. And while this logic guides most private enterprise in our country, electricity markets march...

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L.A. Can Lead the Way with Solar Rooftops

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:47 AM

Too often campaign promises go unfulfilled. But for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, keeping his word should be easy.

Mr. Garcetti was elected to office on a platform that called for a significant expansion of solar energy in L.A. And this promise is becoming more attractive by the day. The...

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Fracking: California Needs to Rethink the Benefit Analysis

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:40 PM

On Jan. 1, emergency regulations went into effect mandating stricter oversight for all hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations statewide. These rules, in accordance with Senate Bill 4, increase accountability by requiring industry to publicly disclose vital information, including drilling locations and chemicals used.

Yet SB 4 falls short in its vision....

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Rooftops to Deserts: How Policy Directs the Growth of Renewables

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Dropping costs and increasing consumer demand are expanding the market for renewable energy. Policy is shaping it.

Specific policies are designed to drive growth of particular types of renewable projects. This piece will provide an overview of the major policies that impact the three different types of grid-connected projects: retail...

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Unleashing Clean Local Energy -- and Doing It Near You

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 11:47 AM

The argument that renewables are too expensive just lost a lot of credibility. Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), one of the nation's largest municipal utilities, will save its customers nearly $84 million over the next seven years by increasing renewable generation.

That's right. Saving $84 million. Want...

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It's Time to Invest in a 21st-century Power System

(36) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:38 PM

America's power system is too vulnerable to meet modern challenges -- a harsh reality underscored by Hurricane Sandy, which left 8.1 million people in the dark for extended periods. Yet, widespread outages should no longer come as a surprise. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country's...

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Keeping Iowa's Energy Dollars In-State

(12) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Iowa is no stranger to wind power. In 2012, the state generated nearly a quarter of its total electricity from wind, and Iowa ranks third nationally - trailing only Texas and California - in installed wind capacity. With such significant renewable power generation already online in Iowa, forward-thinking state legislators...

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Fostering Energy Competition Through Municipalization

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Boulder can create a cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable power system. The analysis of Boulder's energy options, released last Thursday, found that the formation of a city owned and operated utility would slash greenhouse gas emissions while matching Xcel's energy rates. Importantly, by giving Boulder...

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An Energy Lesson From Ontario

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Here's a novel idea. Instead of importing oil from Canadian tar sands, the United States should import Canadian energy policy.

The province of Ontario recently announced that it would become the first jurisdiction in North America to completely eliminate coal from its energy mix -- a notable achievement given...

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Distributed Generation - A Key Piece of the Energy Puzzle

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 3:14 PM

Earlier this month, federal officials streamlined the development of centralized, large-scale, solar power plants by establishing 17 new "solar energy zones" on 285,000 acres of public land. According to Steven Chu, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, this cutting of red tape will expand solar energy production and help the nation...

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Solving California's Nuclear Dilemma

(51) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 4:45 PM

More than seven million Californians live within 50 miles of the San Onofre nuclear plant, which was abruptly shut down after safety inspectors discovered radioactive steam leaking at the facility in late January. The unexpected closure of San Onofre raises legitimate concerns about the safe operation of nuclear...

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