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Report: A Carbon Price Won't Get You Breakthrough Innovation

Carbon prices won't drive the level of energy innovation required to mitigate climate change and fuel sustainable global development, according to a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). One of the most...

Posted March 28, 2011    

Doing the Math: Comparing Germany's Solar Industry to Japan's Fukushima Reactors

By Sara Mansur and Devon Swezey Grist environment writer Christopher Mims has written a widely read post comparing Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor complex to solar photovoltaic energy in Germany. The post, "Germany's Solar Panels Produce More...

Posted March 24, 2011    

Canada: Committed to Nuclear Power

The Globe and Mail yesterday reported that a number of key Canadian provinces have "reaffirmed their support for nuclear power" and that "the national regulator declared the country's generating stations safe even as Japan's crisis spurred other...

Posted March 16, 2011    

Fukushima's Political Fallout Now Reaches China

In a highly significant move, the Chinese government today appeared to be following Germany in announcing the suspension of its approval process for new nuclear construction projects. China is the world's leader in nuclear expansion, with 28 plants...

Posted March 16, 2011    

ANALYSIS: Nuclear Moratorium in Germany Could Cause Spike in CO2 Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions in Germany may increase by 4 percent annually in response to a moratorium on seven of the country's oldest nuclear power plants, as power generation is shifted from nuclear power, a zero carbon source, to the other carbon-...

Posted March 16, 2011    

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Notes from the ARPA-E Summit

There are times when the nation’s political leadership in Washington is perfectly in sync with the realities of the day, and there are times when much of that leadership is out to lunch. Exhibit A: the current energy debate. Even as global demand...

Posted March 3, 2011    

Solving the Energy Poverty Problem

In this guest post, Americans for Energy Leadership Contributor Natalie Relich writes that energy poverty is one of the least discussed facets of energy and climate policy, yet is one of the greatest challenges confronting the world today. In this...

Posted February 28, 2011    

The New Republic: Geographic Clustering's Relationship to Cleantech Innovation

Over at the New Republic, Mark Muro and Jonothan Rothwell have published two posts on the intense geographic clustering of the 100 companies likely to make the greatest impact on the cleantech market in the next decade, a list developed by the...

Posted February 24, 2011    

Senate Democrats' Agenda Aims to Invest in Energy Innovation

Last week, a group of Senate Democrat leaders unveiled their plan to build off of the innovation-centered budget proposal released by the President two weeks ago, including several important energy innovation investments. Senate Majority Leader...

Posted February 22, 2011    

President Obama's Budget Would Invest in Energy Innovation

President Obama released his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal this morning, a solid endorsement of the necessity to increase public investment in energy innovation amidst proposals to indiscriminately cut discretionary spending across all federal...

Posted February 16, 2011    

China R&D Investment to Grow Faster than U.S.

Growth in U.S. R&D investment will slow this year, while China is expected to eclipse Japan for second place among all nations in R&D investment, according to a new analysis released by Battelle and R&D Magazine. The United States is...

Posted February 3, 2011    

Six Misconceptions about Rebound and Backfire

by Harry Saunders David Owen's recent New Yorker article on energy efficiency and rebound phenomena has sparked a lively debate in a number of blog posts but it has also resulted in some confusion. The purpose of this post is to lend clarity to the...

Posted January 24, 2011