economic competitiveness

Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

January 29, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Nick Hodge is founder and president of the Outsider Club, and investment director of Early Advantage. He is the author of Energy Investing for Dummies, appears regularly at investment conferences, including the Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference.[read more]

Tonio Buonassisi Seeks to Make Solar Cells Competitive

January 15, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cells and Market Competitiveness

One day, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. It was then he realized that there had to be better ways for people to produce and use energy, and that he wanted to try to do something about it.[read more]

The End of a Solar Era: The Legacy of the California Solar Initiative

November 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

California Solar Initiative Support

Over the last decade, most leading solar markets have faced a dramatic slowdown after starting out strong. American states such as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also gone through boom-bust cycles. And then there's California, which has had a much different experience.[read more]

Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their Assets

August 2, 2014 by Zane Selvans

Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado filed a case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010. But there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.[read more]

New Report Shows That with the Right Policies, Solar Can Boost Economies

June 16, 2014 by Aya Elizabeth Kusch

Solar Economic Boost

A recent econValue report outlines how renewables could increase jobs and incomes, improve trade balances, and help industrial development. The report shows the economic value of renewables through analyzing the effects of solar and wind on the environment, economy, and society.[read more]

Coming To A Home Near You: The Battle Of The Thermostats!

May 29, 2014 by Veronique Bugnion

Home Energy Innovation and Competition


Summer is around the corner, and heat waves are known to stretch the power grid to its limits. To avoid the risk of blackouts, grid operators like to have a contingent of electricity consumers that are willing to curtail their usage at the right time, and for the right price.[read more]

Canada: From Energy Supplier to Competitor?

January 14, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

In remarks last month the Canadian Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, suggested that with the continued growth of unconventional oil production in the US, "Our only customer will become a competitor." Let's take a look at the kind of competition he might have had in mind.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Criticism May Awaken Industry's Competitive Spirit

July 23, 2013 by Rod Adams

'Renaissance in Reverse' is Mark Cooper’s latest in a string of critical reports about nuclear energy economics. If nuclear professionals and supporters study the report, the effort will improve our ability to capture market share.[read more]

Economic Growth Through Innovation, and a Carbon Price

June 23, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Energy Innovation

Should we try to limit economic growth? Given the dire straits carbon-powered growth has put our planet in, it’s hard not to at least consider the possibility — but we shouldn’t think about it too hard.[read more]

Abundant Clean Energy: For The People, By the People [VIDEO]

April 17, 2013 by Billy Parish

clean energy jobs

How do we get to 100% clean energy? I believe the fastest way is to allow more people to participate in building the clean energy economy. I believe the fastest way is to do what we do best: democratize.[read more]

"Gathering Storm" Threatens U.S. Competitiveness

September 27, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

A new National Academies report released last week confirms what many concerned with U.S. economic competitiveness have warily suspected: America's competitive standing in the 21st century global economy has deteriorated markedly in the last five years. The report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category...[read more]

Creating a Climate for Change in 2010

January 2, 2010 by Chris Dreibelbis

The year 2009 ended on an uncertain note regarding climate change. The conclusion of the recent climate summit in Copenhagen produced an accord that fell well below the expectations that the year began with, although it saved the event from complete failure and set the stage for possible advances in the near future. As 2010 dawns the way...[read more]