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Citizen power: Arne Jungjohann talks Energy Democracy

Interview: In December Energy Democracy, a book telling the story of Germany’s Energiewende from the perspective of citizen ownership of renewable energy, hit the shelves. The book is the latest collaboration of Political Scientist Arne Jungjohann and renewable energy writer Craig Morris, currently a senior fellow at the IASS in Potsdam, who worked together on the German Energy Transition website ( pv magazine caught up with Jungjohann to talk about the book, and why citizen involvement in energy is important.

The solar coaster: pv magazine USA’s 2016 year in review

With massive market growth, the bankruptcy of SunEdison and the election of a pro-coal climate denier as president, 2016 really was the best and the worst of times.

From the editor: For Trump and solar, don’t borrow trouble

There are many uncertainties about what a Trump Administration will bring. But the impacts on solar may be less than many fear.

Disaster: Donald Trump is U.S. President-elect

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential and Senate Elections are a worst-case scenario for the U.S. solar industry, and no federal support is safe.

Third Presidential Debate: Thank God it’s all finally over

The only saving grace of last night’s “Lunacy in Las Vegas” is that it was the final time we’ll have to watch both presidential candidates ignore climate change and solar’s role in stopping it.

Solar Roadways: Yeah, Still Not A Thing

Despite omnipresent hype over the past two years, the Solar Roadways team tried to unveil its first pilot project in Idaho with disastrous results.


From the editor: State policy matters

As the first in a new series of weekly editorials, pv magazine Americas Editor Christian Roselund highlights some of the current battles that are taking place at the state level.

Second Debate: Is it Nov. 9 yet? Energy policy gets glossed over (again)

pv magazine USA presents a news analysis of the role solar energy played in the second presidential debate. All debate quotations come from the Politico transcript and from first-hand observation, for which the author did not receive combat pay.

Why plummeting panel prices could mean industry instability

The U.S. market watched the prequel to this current panel price-slide in 2011 — and the question is why the sequel is happening again so soon.

Why the IEA is consistently wrong on renewables

Last week’s IEA World Energy Outlook forecast modest renewable uptake globally in a number of scenarios. In its most optimistic outlook for solar and wind, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects total deployment growth essentially of 0% through 2040, and 20 to 40% decreases in pessimistic scenarios. Future Smart Strategies’ Ray Wills has long been critical of the agency’s renewable modeling. Here, he sets out why he believes the group has got it wrong again.

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