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Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

October 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held.[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]

Innovative Financing for Public Authorities From eeef: A Role Model Fund for Energy Efficiency Investment

October 2, 2014 by Clare Taylor

eeef and Energy Efficiency Investment

Without enough investment into energy efficiency, the EU risks missing its 2020 – and longer-term - climate and energy targets. Public funding is available to leverage private capital – and ‘role model fund’ eeef is showing how to profitably deliver innovative financing solutions for sustainable energy projects.[read more]

Making Solar Energy's Future Even Brighter

October 2, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Solar's Future

Due to drastically decreasing costs, amazing advancements in technology, and greatly increased awareness of the need to convert to renewable energy sources, the solar power industry is poised for an unprecedented surge in the marketplace.[read more]

As Hawaii Prepares for Utility Reform, the State's Solar Industry Sheds 3,000 Workers

September 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hawaii's solar industry is in a precarious situation. As regulators and the state's utility company prepare to negotiate a sweeping reform plan to support more distributed energy, solar installers are finding it harder than ever to get permits for residential solar projects from the utility.[read more]

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Wind Energy in Iowa: Once Upon a Prairie

September 24, 2014 by Susan Beckman

Renewables and Wind in Iowa

Wind energy in Iowa means jobs, but not just in manufacturing. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa employs 6,000 to 7,000 in all-wind related employment. This ranks Iowa third in the nation in employment related to the wind energy industry.[read more]

How Smart Grid Policies Create Employment Opportunities

September 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Most Smart Grid discussions about human impacts address the demographic trends in utility workforces or the influences that Smart Grid technologies and applications have on people in residential and commercial settings. But the subject of job creation doesn’t get the same attention.[read more]

Australian Solar Energy Businesses Restructuring for Survival

September 13, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Notwithstanding the farcical goings on around the RET review, solar businesses in Australia continue to move and shake. Its seems the last few months have been all about mergers and acquisitions which is either a sign of industry maturity or desperation, depending on your perspective.[read more]

Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

September 8, 2014 by James Greenberger
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In the context of economic development programs, governments do invest in businesses and do routinely try to pick the winners in the private sector. This is not because government decisions are clairvoyant or fair. It is because governments have no choice but to make those decisions.[read more]

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With New Law, South Carolina Sets a Foundation for More Solar Energy

September 8, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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South Carolina and Solar

Another state in the Southeast United States is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing.[read more]

Tesla's Gigafactory Finds a Home in Nevada

September 7, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Tesla's New Factory

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s groundbreaking battery manufacturing facility (called a “Gigafactory”) will be located in Nevada.[read more]

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

August 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Employment and the Environment

 

Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week.[read more]

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

August 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

August 20, 2014 by Dan Liggett
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Rewables Workforce Skills

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.[read more]