emerging markets

Low Oil Prices and Fuel Subsidies: Doing Away with Really Bad Energy Policy

January 27, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Low oil prices are the talk of the day in environmental and energy circles. Some environmentalists probably despair over rising gasoline consumption, but for policymakers in emerging economies, low oil prices present an important opportunity to remove destructive and economically costly fuel subsidies.[read more]

Emerging Jobs, Suppressing Leaks

October 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leakage and Energy Service Companies

Finding and fixing natural gas leaks from the oil and gas sector now constitutes an emerging and growing industry, with the potential to create a large number and variety of well-paying jobs, according to a new report released by Datu Research.[read more]

GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

August 2, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Fuel Cell Markets

Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale.[read more]

Third-Party Financing Was Solar's Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

July 22, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Efficiency and Third-Party Investment

Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors. Is it working? If a new survey of hundreds of project developers is any indication, the efficiency industry still hasn't found financing momentum.[read more]

SolarCity Groupon: Crazy or Brilliant?

June 6, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Groupon Offer

SolarCity announced a Groupon for home solar, eliciting a range of reactions from analysts and journalists. The deal offers customers $400 off home solar power when they purchase a $1 Groupon. Is it a desperate move, or a brilliant marketing ploy?[read more]

The US Smart Thermostat Market Is Potentially Massive

February 22, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Smart Thermostat Market

Programmable thermostats have been on the market for a long time. In fact, the technology's roots go all the way back to 1885, when Albert Butz invented the "damper flapper," a regulated pulley system that automatically controlled air flow to a coal furnace.[read more]

Food, Water, and Fuel Are Necessary to Life and Investors: Interview with Bob Moriarty

February 14, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Bob and Barb Moriarty brought 321gold.com to the Internet over 10 years ago. They later added 321energy.com to cover oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal, solar, wind and nuclear energy. Both sites feature articles, editorial opinions, pricing figures and updates on current events affecting both sectors.[read more]

Electric Vehicles Approach Tipping Point

November 23, 2013 by Peter Lehner

EVs and Growth

When the first hybrid cars hit the streets, people would point and stare, even stop owners on the street to ask questions. Was it a fad? A novelty? A toy for green enthusiasts? Time has proven otherwise. In the first quarter of last year, then Prius was the third best-selling family car in the world.[read more]

How Clean Energy Victory Bonds Can Power Our Future

July 29, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

While we weren’t looking, a major new market has developed and could be the next big thing for clean energy in the U.S.-- it’s the market for green bonds. Especially exciting are the bonds being promoted by Green America, Clean Energy Victory Bonds.[read more]


The Need for an Energy Revolution in the Asia-Pacific

May 29, 2012 by Rhys Clay

The Asia-Pacific region is beginning to emerge as one of the world’s largest energy markets. Energy uptake in the Asia-Pacific region has seen annual compounding growth rates of over 4.9%, more than double the global rate. But can the AP region sustain this growth? And what price will this exact on the regions delicate ecosystems.[read more]

In Face of Hunger, Corn Ethanol Industry Says Blame Anyone But Us

February 15, 2011 by NRDC Switchboard

In a Washington Post editorial last week, biofuels expert Tim Searchinger sheds much needed light on the link between two important trends in today’s markets for grains: the expansion of global biofuels mandates on the one hand and the frequency and magnitude of food shortages around the world on the other. Not surprisingly, corn ethanol...[read more]