business innovation

Carbon Pricing and Climate Science in the Media

June 8, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Climate and Media

The past few weeks, highlighted by the Business and Climate Summit in Paris and Carbon Expo in Barcelona, have seen many CEOs, senior political figures and institutional leaders call for increased use of carbon pricing. This is certainly the right thing to be saying, but it begs the question, “What next?”[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

How Do Electric Utilities Make Money?

April 28, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Business Models

In an industry that has been slow to change historically, there is a lot currently at stake for utilities, advanced energy companies, and consumers. In order to understand what transformations are needed, it’s first necessary to understand how electric utilities make money today.[read more]


Business Leaders Recommendations for Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership

March 3, 2015 by Jason Burwen

Energy Innovation and Leadership

Critical federal investments in energy innovation have remained unchanged since 2010, as detailed by the AEIC in its third report, which finds that Congress and the Administration have a mixed record on implementing their recommendations to promote energy innovation.[read more]

Money Versus Morals: Why Economic Rewards Trump Polite Messaging in Efficiency

February 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Effeciency Adoption Motivation

From organization in groceries to how Facebook curates newsfeeds, behavioral science is at the core of strategies to maximize sales and engagement. As understanding of consumer behavior evolves, energy efficiency companies have also become much more sophisticated in how they target their efforts.[read more]

These Recent Events Show How the 'Grid Edge' Is Guiding Utility Business Decisions

December 31, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Grid Edge and Business Choices

Back in 2013, we predicted that utilities and governments would need to take on the non-traditional challenges of the Grid Edge sooner rather than later, if they wanted to convert them from existential threat into future opportunity. One year later, and we’ve seen this forecast hold true.[read more]

Companies are Part of the Equation to Address Climate Change

September 30, 2014 by Bob Perciasepe

In recent years, many companies have acknowledged the risks of climate change and worked to improve their energy efficiency and sustainability. Recently, companies announced new efforts to fund clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and support a price on carbon.[read more]

Sustainable Energy Means Business in the Port of Amsterdam

September 18, 2014 by Clare Taylor

Port of Amsterdam Sustainability

The realities of climate change and resource depletion are an immediate concern for the Netherlands. The country is at high risk from floods resulting from global warming, and natural gas resources are expected to expire in approximately ten years.[read more]

Business Leaders, Regulators, Lawmakers Explore 'Pathway to 2050'

August 16, 2014 by Bob Keough

Business and the Future of Energy

“We will not grow our economy in spite of our climate goals, but because of our climate goals.” That was the message from Kish Rajan to the nearly 300 business and government leaders gathered in Sacramento August 6 to discuss the “Pathway to 2050” for energy and climate in California.[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]

Some Perspective on the US EPA Carbon Regulations

June 4, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

EPA Standards and Innovation

The bottom line of the new EPA emissions rules is that the regulations are an important step to help motivate the electricity generating sector to move closer to the technological frontier. There will of course be winners and losers, and thus heavy politics.[read more]

TiEcon Takes On Clean Energy For All

May 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

TiEcon and Clean Energy


The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a non-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals headquartered in Silicon Valley. With interests in technology, innovation, and enterprise, a focus on supporting clean energy entrepreneurs and endeavors is a natural fit for these progressive leaders.[read more]

The Myths about Government that Kill Innovation

May 14, 2014 by Lewis Milford

There is a steady drumbeat of statements arguing for limited government: Government should not pick winners. Government should not correct market failures. Only private companies should take risks. Government has never done innovation right.[read more]

Good Business: Yiyuan Environmental Group

April 2, 2014 by Charles Arthur

Good Environmental Business

Chen Chunhong is the managing director of the Shanghai-based, Yiyuan Environmental Group, a company that produces and markets toilets whose patented technology can save up to 83% of water compared with conventional 6-litre models.[read more]