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Lewis Milford
Lewis Milford, an attorney, is the founder and president of Clean Energy Group (CEG), and the founder of Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Both nonprofit organizations are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in clean energy innovation, policy and finance.

Entries by Lewis Milford

Court Rules for Cape Wind, Ending a Decade of Failed Opposition

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:38 AM

If you are an environmental lawyer, there is nothing more deflating than reading a judge's decision that clinically rejects all your best arguments. I know because I have had my share of losing environmental cases.

But this time, it is that kick-in-the-stomach feeling that the lawyers for the opponents...

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In the Dark, Again and Again

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:14 PM

If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing in the same old stuff -- simply more energy efficiency and...

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How the Right Uses Environmental Law to Kill American Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:35 PM

"Conservative groups use environmental litigation to kill American jobs. "

No, that was not the title of the recent New York Times article about the Cape Wind offshore wind project. But it should have been.

The article detailed the unfortunate story of how a local contractor, Mass...

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Natural Gas Loses to Solar on Costs, A First

(8) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 6:09 PM

For those who already think natural gas will win out over renewable power, a judge has said, not so fast.

In what may be the first time a U.S. solar power project has been declared cost-competitive against natural gas in a competitive bidding process, a judge has said solar...

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Court Finds NYC Disabled Not Adequately Protected After Sandy; Disaster Planning Must Include Vulnerable Populations

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:43 PM

Like the proverbial canary in a coal mine, the well being of the most vulnerable in our population--the disabled--during severe weather events may serve as an indicator of how well we are planning to protect the general population. And confronting our shortfalls should motivate us to more effectively plan our...

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Solar Storage: The New Resilient Clean Energy Technology

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:08 PM

(This blog was co-authored with Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy Group)

Clean Energy Group's new Resilient Power Project is helping states figure out how to provide resilient power to critical infrastructure, so that needed services can be provided during a natural disaster that knocks out portions...

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Energy Innovation in the States: From Energy Storage to Offshore Wind

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 3:41 PM

There are those who say that the U.S. needs to focus more on innovation to create new clean energy technologies, rather than relying entirely on existing technologies like solar PV and land-based wind. They are right.

But such criticism, which is usually rightfully directed at declining federal support for...

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Offshore Wind and Japan: Will the U.S. Win or Lose This Technology Race?

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:28 PM

(This blog was co-authored with Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance)

The nuclear power crisis in Japan may open up new opportunities for offshore wind innovation, based on recent developments following the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in March 2011. Japan's rapid response to find alternative energy solutions, including decisive...

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Offshore Wind in Europe: Lessons for the U.S.

(39) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:13 PM

There are a lot of great things Europe has that the U.S. doesn't -- comfortable taxis, good table wine, Idris Elba -- and then there's offshore wind, lots and lots of offshore wind.

I spent last week in Europe hearing from key offshore wind leaders -- from top officials...

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Reduce Risk, Increase Clean Energy

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 7:53 PM

The Clean Energy and Bond Finance Initiative or CE+BFI ( just released a paper about the state and city level innovations in clean energy finance, especially the new creative uses of bonds to support clean energy. The CE+BFI is joint alliance of the Clean Energy Group and the...

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The End of the Electric Utilities? The Industry Thinks So Too

(45) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 8:22 PM

Will electric utilities go the way of black rotary-phones and daily print newspapers, squeezed out by technology innovation, competition, stranded capital costs, and consumers wanting to make their own electric power? If you said yes, you are not alone.

Even electric utility insiders seem to think this might happen,...

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New Jersey Offshore Wind: Dead or Alive?

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:41 PM

If you read the local press last Friday, you would think the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) turned down the Fishermen's offshore wind project once and for all. But the transcript of the board deliberations tells a different story.

Last Friday, the press reported...

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A Cautionary Tale: Maine, Statoil and the Importance of State Policies to Advance Offshore Wind

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:11 PM

Earlier this month, Statoil, a Norwegian international energy company, announced it will put the brakes on its $120 million Hywind pilot floating offshore wind project in Maine. The news was disappointing because the Maine Public Utilities Commission had already approved the project in January, after a competitive bidding...

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Resilient Power -- A New Business Case for Clean Energy

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 7:12 PM

For years, people have put solar panels on their roofs -- and states have helped fund them -- to clean up the environment. Now, after Hurricane Sandy and the real threat of more severe storms, there's another reason for solar: keeping the lights on.

A new "power resiliency" market...

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State Clean Energy Finance Initiative: A New Federalist Approach to Boost Clean Energy Investment

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:13 PM

We at Clean Energy Group are proposing a new clean energy finance recommendation today, to provide states with additional capital so that they can leverage more private investment in clean energy projects and companies.

The unique aspect of this proposal -- called the State Clean Energy Finance...

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Sandy's Power Outages: We Can, and Should, Do Better

(16) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 4:06 PM

I'm looking in disbelief at images of Sandy's destruction in New York and New Jersey. I grew up near the Jersey Shore, so this is personal. It's bad up there: lines for rationed gasoline, homes and businesses destroyed, and millions of people still without electricity.

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Bond Finance For Clean Energy: The New Infrastructure Investment

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 1:37 PM

This week, Clean Energy Group (CEG) and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) announced the creation of the Clean Energy + Bond Finance Initiative (CE+BFI), a new partnership to advance clean energy through the power of bond financing institutions. CE+BFI will work with institutional investors, public finance agencies and...

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Manhattan Institute Flunks Energy Policy 101

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 4:15 PM

This piece was co-authored with Warren Leon

Last week, the Manhattan Institute issued a report that pretends to be a serious analysis of the impact of renewable energy on electricity prices. The report includes tables and numbers that purport to show that renewable energy produced dramatic increases in customers' electricity...

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Michigan Renewables Cheaper than Coal: Another State Success Story

(39) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Once again, the bad news on clean energy coming out of Washington is matched by the good news showing the success of a state clean energy program.

What was the latest bad news on clean energy in Washington last week? Congress could not muster the will to extend the...

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Funding Growth: State Clean Energy Funds Can Help Invent the Future

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:09 AM

These are tough times for the dream of clean energy and green jobs. Washington is again gridlocked and failing to act on clean energy economic development. Deficit politics and partisanship are pervasive and meanwhile the imperfect framework of federal financial and tax incentives made available through the 2009 stimulus law...

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