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Powering to Climate Mitigation

April 3, 2014 by Jim Baird

Climate Mitigation

Without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The smart approach to these threats is power our way past them.[read more]

Tesla's $5B Giga Battery Factory and Deep Politics in AZ, TX, NV, and NM

April 3, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Tesla Battery Factory Locations

The as yet unnamed location of Elon Musk's new and outrageously ambitious $5 billion Tesla battery factory has been narrowed down to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or Nevada for quite a while now. Construction on the project potentially starts this year.[read more]

EU Climate Policy 'In Line' with 2050 Goal, but What Does that Mean?

April 3, 2014 by Oliver Geden

EU declarations on climate policy are usually carefully crafted to suggest political consensus. Thus, it came as a surprise that the European Council has been able to conclude in March that a final decision on the EU's energy and climate policy framework 2030 should be taken in October 2014.[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]


Energy Efficiency Investment: Is Europe Open for Business?

March 26, 2014 by Clare Taylor

So far the European Commission recent climate and energy proposals lack a 2030 target for energy efficiency. But investing in energy-efficient buildings makes sense for carbon abatement and Europe's fuel import bill. According to Dr Steve Fawkes, investor confidence is what is needed most.[read more]

Clean Energy Has a Positive Story to Tell About Jobs in Illinois

March 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Green Jobs

Illinois has a great story to tell when it comes to creating clean energy jobs that will go on to provide Illinois families and businesses with clean, affordable choices of energy, and that also help us meet our 21st Century resource demands.[read more]

States Look to "Green Banks" to Leverage Private Investment in Clean Tech

March 17, 2014 by Sarah Dougherty

Clean energy and energy efficiency can save wear and tear on the environment and climate, but sometimes it takes money to take action. And in a time of tight government budgets, where will that money come from? A new and growing solution to this energy finance problem is called the “green bank."[read more]

Writing Off Germany's Energiewende as a Failure Is Unwise

March 17, 2014 by Luke Currin

Energiewende a Failure?

"I think we need to start over,” Germany’s new Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, told a popular German weekly newspaper at the close of 2013. Gabriel’s about-face shocked those committed to seeing the Energiewende through.[read more]

From Waste to Jobs: Growing California's Economy through Recycling [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Recycling

Recycling is one of the most common of all environmental activities, and it’s also a great way to save natural resources. Recycling keeps useful materials out of landfills and incinerators, and using recovered materials to make new products and packages saves resources such as trees and metal ores.[read more]

The Global Race to Energy Efficiency Starts with Just One Step [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 12, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Race to Energy Efficiency

How much energy was generated by all the participants in the 2013 Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris? Take a look a this infographic and see how the energy generated by all the 2013 runners could light up the Eiffel Tower for three nights![read more]

Can Distributed Storage Help Expand the Midwest Solar Energy Market?

March 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When we looked at some of the most interesting state markets for distributed storage, Illinois did not make the top of the list. But northern Illinois, which is the westernmost part of PJM territory, is exactly where Intelligent Generation is looking to make inroads.[read more]

Will Crowdsourced Loans for Rooftop Solar Overtake Third-Party Ownership?

February 23, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Third-party funding for residential solar continues to drive solar growth by offering homeowners reduced electricity bills with zero-down terms. That structure now faces competition from a plan to loan homeowners the system’s full purchase price with an affordable down payment and interest rates.[read more]


Top 10 Women of Solar Energy

February 22, 2014 by Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Top Women of Solar

Anyone who's tried to get a ticket to the consistently sold out Women in Solar Breakfast panels during Solar Power International knows the female contingent of this industry is passionate about carving out and defending their seats at the proverbial table.[read more]


Why Venture Capitalists are No Longer Seeing 'Green': And How the Sector Will Overcome

February 19, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

VC and Green Investment

As a sector, cleantech did not prove to be a profitable investment for many of the venture capitalists who were zealous about the idea of a triple bottom line underlying their investments. Investment in cleantech, especially after 2005 when the price of gas hit $50 per barrel, seemed logical.[read more]

Washington Needs to Embrace the New American Century: More Thoughts on US Exports

February 17, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman's recent column is a must read. He argues that innovation in the US is driving us to greatness again and potentially fantastic job creation but he notes correctly that our political leaders in Congress are failing to join in the success.[read more]