clean energy economy

The IMF Just Destroyed the Best Argument Against Clean Energy

June 5, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

Fossil fuel supporters have insisted that wind and solar are far “too expensive” to replace fossil fuels. A recent report published by the IMF has put a price on the direct and indirect subsidies that support fossil fuels as a counter argument to the renewables are “too expensive” message. The numbers are staggering.[read more]

Distributed Home Energy Systems: Fast Approaching Break-Even

March 18, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Home Energy Systems

Interest in distributed renewable generation and home energy systems continues to intensify. Although there are many configurations for home energy systems, we have looked at a system including photovoltaic power generation, battery energy storage, electric vehicles and a control system with load control.[read more]

Led by the U.S., Clean Energy Showing Economic Muscle Worldwide, Especially Wind and Solar

March 16, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

If there was any doubt about the financial viability of environmentalism, a new report published by Advanced Energy Economy shows that energy entrepreneurs not only are making dramatic progress in developing clean fuel alternatives, but they also are making money while doing it.[read more]

5 Reasons the Future of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger than Ever

February 4, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Investment Future

As the old saying goes: You’ve got to spend money to make money, and when it comes to clean energy, it turns out that there is a lot of money to be made. Here are five reasons clean energy investment will continue its positive performance in 2015 and beyond.[read more]


Energy Innovation Doesn't Just Happen: How Government Policies Destroyed and Regenerated the U.S. Wind Turbine Industry, Twice

December 8, 2014 by Nathaniel Horner

Wind Industry and Government Policy

Policies like the PTC and Renewable Portfolio Standards have not only incentivized wind turbine construction, they also have an effect on the rate of turbine innovation. The way in which these sorts of policies are implemented can make or break new tech, as the history of wind development in the U.S. shows.[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]

Clean Energy Regulator Releases 2014 STC Target

March 19, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s) are the backbone of the Australian solar market and on Friday 14th of March, the Clean Energy Regulator announced this year’s target. At 18.6 Million STC’s the 2014 target represents 10.48% of electricity purchases.[read more]

Strong Support for Clean Energy, and the Jobs It Creates, Crosses Party Lines

February 9, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Clean Energy Jobs

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the renewable energy industry is responsible for 615,000 jobs in the United States. That’s hundreds of thousands of Americans working to provide this country with clean energy from wind, sun and plants.[read more]


Energy Efficiency: The Italian Job

January 31, 2014 by Clare Taylor

The work of one small provincial energy agency located in rural Italy has led to investment of over EUR 90 million in energy efficiency in the region, as the Province of Chieti aims for a ‘new economy’ based on the idea of the fight against waste.[read more]

Future of Clean Energy: 3 Take-Aways from BNEF Summit 2013

May 3, 2013 by Scott Edward Anderson

is policy standing in the way?

Last week was the BNEF Summit (Bloomberg New Energy Finance), the annual gathering of the clean energy faithful. Here are my three take-aways with respect to our clean energy future.[read more]

Wind Energy Saw Record Growth, Shake-Up Among Top Players in 2012

April 10, 2013 by

Strong breezes continue to swirl in the rapidly growing global wind energy industry. But, despite the industry challenges and global economy, installations reached record levels in 2012, displaying the industry’s resiliency.[read more]

Clean Jobs Rising: New Report Finds Over 110,000 Jobs Announced In 2012

March 11, 2013 by Joseph Romm

clean energy jobs

A new report found that over 110,000 new clean energy jobs were announced in 2012. The group tracked over 300 project announcements across multiple sectors in every region of the country.[read more]

"All of the Above" Can't Deliver All the Benefits the Clean Energy Economy Can

March 26, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

In a time of soaring gas prices and record-breaking temperatures, Americans are looking for energy solutions that save money, reduce dangerous pollution, and strengthen our country.Yet instead of offering targeted policies, many leaders are suggesting an “all of the above” approach to energy development. The idea is that we should throw...[read more]

Natural Gas Taking America's Electric Power Sector by Storm

July 8, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Many view natural gas as the key feature of the United States' new energy economy.  Whether this is true or not is still to be determined.  What is evident, though, is that natural gas is a growing energy resource for America.  According to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA),...[read more]