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A Sunny Day for REITs

Demand for solar energy has outpaced the private sector’s current ability to finance it.This is a problem.Renewable projects are still financed based on the expectation of higher-risk investments yielding potentially higher returns rather than lower...

Posted November 5, 2013    

Investing in the Grid: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get...Creative

The unexpected storms that knocked out power to millions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic earlier this month highlighted how fragile America’s electric grid is. But while front page photos of fallen trees and utility repair trucks capture people’s...

Posted August 2, 2012    

Should the U.S. government play a role in American energy use?

One of the big questions on the campaign trail today is whether there should be a government role in America's use of energy. The reality is that energy is one of the most regulated sectors of our economy—the government already plays a huge role...

Posted February 8, 2012    

Leaving $2.3 Trillion on the Table: The House GOP's Budget Walks Away from Clean Energy's Economic Jackpot

The United States is engaged in a fierce global economic competition to capture a share of the $2.3 trillion clean energy market. For the countries that seize this moment, clean energy will translate into new economic growth and businesses and a...

Posted May 16, 2011    

Break Down Bureaucracy to Get Breakthrough Technologies

Washington policy wonks scoffed when the Obama Administration announced last year that the Department of Energy and Pentagon were going to collaborate in developing new clean energy technologies. They thought such a shot-gun marriage was impractical...

Posted March 4, 2011    

The Big Pay Off of Investing in Nuclear Energy

In the midst of talk about government shutdowns and budget showdowns, it seems like there is not any room for bipartisan agreement in the Nation’s Capital. One of the all too rare glimmers of hope comes from reviving America’s nuclear energy...

Posted February 16, 2011    

Would GOP Budget Ax Cut Clean Tech?

Taking House Republicans at face value on their pledge to cut 20% of all non-defense discretionary spending, we took a quick look at what cuts might mean for America's ability to compete in the $2 trillion clean energy market. While there are...

Posted January 6, 2011    

ARPA-E: The Little Program that Can

Imagine a program that turns a relatively small initial investment into billions of dollars of U.S. economic growth, thousands of new Americans jobs, and groundbreaking technologies that change the way we use energy in this country and around the...

Posted October 4, 2010    

Crosspost from Forbes: The Green Energy Race

In the new decade, who is going to take the gold in the global clean energy market? Is America even in the running? The answer is that the U.S. is behind in clean energy, but it's certainly not out of it. The nature of American ingenuity, its...

Posted March 2, 2010    

Why the Road to Clean Energy Goes through Little Rock

Originally posted on Huffington Post. The only story that has been able to distract from Tiger Wood’s personal life this past week has been what is happening in Copenhagen. The tally thus far: 193 nations in attendance, Over 250 protestors...

Posted December 16, 2009