Real Clear Energy: Efforts to Ban Silicone Hamper Energy and Environmental Goals

This editorial, by Liam Sigaud, discusses how silicone has a profound impact on Americans’ energy use, including the benefits of energy generation from both wind turbines and solar panels. In fact, about 90 percent of solar panels have at least some silicone components, which act as lubricants, sealants, coatings, and insulators. Silicone compounds are also […]

When Going Green Means Profits

Regulatory rules and government subsidies are popping up across the country to encourage consumers to put solar panels on their rooftops. In addition, new financing arrangements have enabled some consumers to lease rooftop solar panels for very little or no initial investment. On the upside, rooftop solar energy can enable a consumer to be environmentally […]

Another Tax Subsidy for the Rich

On the surface, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy, referred to as net metering, seems like a good idea, but a closer looks shows that it can produce many adverse consequences that lead to higher costs for consumers. Net Metering is a program that allows consumers to generate energy from rooftop solar panels for […]

Rooftop Rip-off: ACI in the Daily Caller

This blog, written by Zack Christenson and Steve Pociask of ACI, ran in today’s Daily Caller.  It discusses how a well-intentioned concept, encouraging solar energy use in consumer homes, has some unfortunate adverse consequences, because of poorly designed regulations and leasing scams.  To read or print the piece, visit the Daily Caller.

Energy Storage – a Better Target

A recent CBS 60 Minutes segment called “Cleantech Crash” served an important purpose by reminding us of failures in government grant-making.  Even with plentiful funds, government often lacks the good judgment needed to pick winners over losers in commerce and science, especially if the topic is the ever-so-stylish “green energy.” 60 Minutes reviewed Solyndra, a […]