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Energy Innovation: Do Niche Markets Really Matter?

February 20, 2014 by Stijn van Ewijk

Energy Innovation & Niche Markets

 

In an ever changing world, technological innovation allows us to adapt, survive and thrive. Innovation can impact us adversely as well – the steam engine brought the industrial revolution and with it economic growth and prosperity as well as environmental pollution and inequality.[read more]

Universities Leading the Way to Our Transportation Future

February 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Universities and Transit

This week I trekked up to Philadelphia to speak to a graduate design class at the University of Pennsylvania about a project of theirs, namely delivering greenhouse-gas-reducing policy recommendations to their client, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.[read more]

Looking Back at 2013, NYSERDA's Innovation in Efficiency Financing Stands Out

January 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In August, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency quietly sold a pool of efficiency loans to investors. Selling loans is unremarkable on its own, but this deal was genuinely innovative and offers important lessons to other states, cities, and utilities for 2014 and beyond.[read more]

Making Green Mining Less Of An Oxymoron

September 18, 2013 by Dallas Kachan

Is Green Mining Possible?

New breakthrough science and cost reductions from the world of cleantech hold promise for making mining—one of the dirtiest, most inefficient industries in the world—more profitable, safer and cleaner. But which cleantech innovations are best positioned to succeed?[read more]

Remembering the Contributions of Ronald Coase

September 16, 2013 by Robert Stavins

On September 2nd, Ronald Coase, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Chicago Law School, Nobel laureate, and principal creator of the academic field of law and economics, passed away at the age of 102.[read more]

ACEEE Calls for ‘Silver Buckshot’ (no bullet) for Real Market Transformation

March 22, 2010 by Mike Smith

Individual Innovations on a state and local scale will help bring about large scale energy efficiency   By Mike Smith and Elizabeth Bush    At the ACEEE Market Transformation Symposium this week, featured panelists discussed opportunities to gain more tangible results for energy efficiency.  Energy Efficiency...[read more]

A Blueprint for Nuclear Power Expansion

December 14, 2009 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear power must be tripled globally to make a difference in reducing growth of greenhouse gases Nuclear power may be a critical component in America’s energy future, but its capacity as a reliable energy source is dependent on both technical and institutional factors. That is the assessment provided in a new research paper co-...[read more]