21 Oct '11, 3pm

Utility CEOs Talk Solar

Most of these guys seem to think a price on CO2 is inevitable, but it’s not here in the U.S. yet (despite basically every other major industrialized country in the world moving forward with such policies). And, even some of these solar “leaders” in the utility arena don’t seem to be taking a price on CO2 into account in their long-term modelling and planning (though, no one said so specifically). Some were clearly doing so, however. Overall, it seemed to me that this was perhaps the most critical piece needed to make solar power more cost-competitive. Clear federal or state policies are critical for utility companies to get behind solar (renewable energy standards, cap-and-trade, a tax on CO2, tax credits, and/or good net metering policies , for example). With renewable energy versus traditional energy being the subject of political cat fighting (i.e. in various states, in...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/10/21/utility-ceos-talk-solar/

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