The course planners for PBI`s Power Law 2010 gather to answer some tough questions about the future of renewable energy:
Will there ever be a national renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS)? What will ultimately determine the amount of renewable energy generated nationally? Generation costs? Transmission availability? Governmental policies? National RPS? None of the above? True or false--in 2025, Pennsylvania will get at least 25% of its electricity from renewable sources? In 2020, what will we discuss as the most surprising development of the last 10 years? The most disappointing? Project developers and especially financiers crave certainty. What is giving them the most angst? Unending attempts to amend the solar portion of the AEPS? Difficulty obtaining long term contracts for power or RECs? Dodd/Frank Act changes in energy and environmental markets? Interconnection issues? Lack of tax equity? Will renewables financing rebound with the economy? As a result of other factors? Will demand response, energy efficiency, and a smart grid reduce energy consumption significantly? Is using natural gas as a bridge fuel for a coal-addicted society akin to using hard liquor as a bridge substance for the drug-addicted? What is the next new thing in generation technology?
This course was recorded at Power Law 2010: The New & Evolving Energy Landscape, a forum for professionals working on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced energy technology projects. Other sessions from Power Law 2010 are available on PBI`s Online Campus.