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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

A Smart Energy Strategy in Japan: What's the Vision?

January 29, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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Japan’s national energy strategy experienced a 9.0 quake of its own in 2011 as a result of the twin incidents of the March 11 tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident. It rattled many assumptions about energy sources and electrical grid configurations. A recent Silicon Valley Technology Forum hosted by Fujitsu served as an excellent opportunity to hear how these large-scale events have shaped thinking and R&D in the leading information and communications (ICT) company in Japan[read more]

Green R&D: Companies Betting Big On Green Innovation

September 14, 2012 by Derek Wong

Guest post by Hazel Henderson and Tim NashThe Green Transition Scoreboard reports that $241 billion was recently invested in green R&D by large multinationals like Samsung, General Electric, and Nissan and smaller companies like Owens Corning, Cree, and First Solar. Companies around the world are recognizing a tremendous...[read more]

Cleantech sector expects greater profits in next 12 months

September 6, 2012 by David Thorpe

Leaders of cleantech firms around the world are more optimistic than their counterparts in other sectors, a new survey has found. A survey by Grant Thornton, published on Monday, of business leaders' attitude in the sector, finds the sector expects to continue rapidly expanding, despite the world's pervading economic uncertainties....[read more]

Mulvaney Amendment Suggests Big Cuts to Energy R&D Programs

June 7, 2012 by Megan Nicholson

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the FY2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5325) this afternoon, which includes the budget of critical clean energy innovation programs within the Department of Energy (DOE).  The bill, passed by the House Appropriations Committee on April 25, cuts clean energy innovation...[read more]

Where the Shale Gas Revolution Came From

May 22, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute
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The ongoing shale gas boom has expanded domestic energy production, pushed wholesale electricity prices to record lows, and accelerated the closure of America's aging coal plant fleet, lowering national power-sector carbon emissions. This revolution in natural gas -- unleashed by a flood of recently accessible shale gas reserves, once...[read more]

Clean Tech Headed for Stagnation

May 14, 2012 by Matthew Stepp
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To be sure, the U.S. clean energy industry has been in a period of rapid growth, largely due to historic federal investments in the research, development, deployment, and manufacture of clean technologies. From 2009 through 2014, the federal government will invest a total of $150 billion, or the equivalent in magnitude to government...[read more]

Interviewing Tom Friedman On The Urgency of Climate Action

March 6, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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Friedman: “I’ve never been more concerned about climate change than I am now….” Tom Friedman had another good NY Times column Sunday on climate and clean energy, “Take the Subway.” The gist of it was that because of the urgency of climate change, we need to start aggressively deploying clean energy ASAP. I interviewed him about his...[read more]

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Why Smart Grid Technology-testing Standards are critical

March 2, 2012 by Dick DeBlasio

In the last four years, a great deal of time, creativity, engineering and sweat have been invested in jumpstarting Smart Grid rollout in the United States. A lot of money, too. What's keeping it from breaking through?[read more]

Grid Operators Should Pay for Energy R&D

January 7, 2011 by James Greenberger
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In thinking about a new focus for U.S. energy policy over the next few years, A Business Plan for America’s Energy Future, published last June by the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC), makes for a good read. The Business Plan proposes a number of interesting ideas with respect to national energy policy, the most compelling of which is that the federal government should spend $16 billion per year on energy R&D.[read more]

Starving Clean Energy to Pay the Rich: A Parable of American Decline

September 14, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute
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As the Obama Administration and Republicans are set to do battle over an extension of Bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, clean energy innovation is getting the short end of the stick. According to the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hopping mad about President Obama's plan to let tax cuts expire for...[read more]