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Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity Can Be Clean and Reliable

October 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Germany's Energy Transition

Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid, which is enough energy to offset upwards of 35 coal plants.[read more]

Some Lessons From Early Successes of the Next Wave

February 5, 2014 by Rob Day

As we see increasing evidence of a "next wave" of cleantech investing and entrepreneurship, we're starting to see some early wins emerge. What lessons can we learn from the experiences of recent demonstrated successes in the next wave of energy?[read more]

5 PACE Programs to Watch in 2014

January 7, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

PACE Programs to Watch

Commercial property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financed projects climbed to nearly $60 million in 2013. And that figure will likely swell in the coming years. There is more than $215 million in PACE project applications in the pipeline, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes PACE programs.[read more]

How to Build a Clean Energy Grid

December 5, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Clean Energy Grid

Thanks to new technologies, consumer demand, and important policy drivers, the power system is undergoing a rapid evolution. Even the slow-moving and cautious world of transmission is changing. But key factors preventing the United States from accessing its rich resources of clean energy.[read more]

Charging Ahead Towards Dollar-a-Gallon Clean Fuel

November 18, 2013 by Max Baumhefner
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Clean Fuel Price Future

The Charge Ahead California campaign to deploy one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within ten years. The campaign’s goal marks an important milestone on our path towards a zero emission vehicle fleet needed to meet California’s long-term climate goals.[read more]

67 Percent of Consumers Would Pay More for Clean Energy

November 14, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Clean Energy and Consumers

When the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative first conducted a survey in 2011 asking participants whether they had heard the terms "smart grid" or "smart meter," only about half said yes. Two years later, not much has changed, but there is good news.[read more]

Demanding Clean Energy

November 11, 2013 by Frances Beinecke
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Getting Clean Power

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 1 in 20 Americans live within a mile of a fracking site. That means more people than ever before have drill pads, toxic wastewater pits, and heavy truck traffic coming into their backyards and communities.[read more]

The Clean Energy Way to Fight Climate Change

November 10, 2013 by Frances Beinecke
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Several leading climate scientists have embraced nuclear power as the way to lick global climate change and there's a new movie out trying to make the case. We understand the urgency. Climate change is the central environmental ill of our time.[read more]

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Part 4: Pittsburgh, From Rust Belt Loser to Clean Energy Leader

November 6, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Pittsburgh Clean Energy

Pittsburgh is considered the quintessential rust belt city, historically focused on manufacturing, but fallen on hard times since the 1980’s. But Pittsburgh is remaking itself by leveraging its regional strengths in education and healthcare and making strategic investments in innovation capacity.[read more]

Massachusetts Sets Itself Apart As Global Clean Energy Hub

November 5, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Massachusetts and Clean Energy

Massachusetts, a state filled with top-tier universities, is known for its entrepreneurial vision, history of innovation and spawning scientific advances. The technological gains have spread to the clean energy sector and helped expand the industry.[read more]

Global Clean Energy Investment Down in the Third Quarter of 2013

October 18, 2013 by Joshua Hill

New statistics released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance have shown that the amount of global investment in clean energy during the third quarter of 2013 was down 14% on this year’s second quarter and was actually 20% below 2012′s Q3.[read more]

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Part 3: Midwest Building World Class Tools to Spur Energy Innovation

October 7, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Innovation

As the United States clean energy economy continues to slowly grow, Chicago, and the Midwest more broadly, is taking a prominent role in accelerating its development. I sat down with two leading groups in this effort, the Clean Energy Trust, and the Energy Foundry.[read more]

Can Bob Inglis Make Republicans Relevant in Climate and Clean Energy Policy?

October 2, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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As Congress inched closer to shutting down the federal government without agreement on raising the debt ceiling, journalists were figuring out how to describe the situation. Is it a standoff? An example of partisan gridlock? It's neither.[read more]

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Part 2: The Mad Scientists at the Department of Energy's National Laboratories

September 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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Mad Scientists and Energy Innovation

 

The National Laboratories have a storied history and presence in the energy innovation space. They have evolved over time to conduct “big science” to address leading national missions and solve complex societal problems, and their work in clean energy is no different.[read more]

Texas Develops Statewide "PACE in a Box"

August 18, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

It’s no secret that Texans don’t like a government telling them what to do. So when state legislature passed The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Act, the group that helped passed the legislation knew it would need to get creative to effectively launch the program.[read more]