Last week, the New York Times ran an article ("Future of Solar and Wind Power May Hinge on Federal Aid" by Kate Galbraith) discussing the reliance of solar and wind energy on federal subsidies. Bernard L.
EnSol, a Norwegian company, is developing a spray-on photovoltaic coating for existing structures. While it will no doubt be some time before this is commercialized, the story is a good reminder that important energy break-throughs may come from unexpected places. Relying on government officials to dole out huge subsidies to a handful of favored technologies (multi-billion dollar loan guarantees to nuclear power plants, for example) is a strategy that could have hig
by Marshall Goldberg, for the Renewable Energy Policy Project. July 2000 Research Report No.