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New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank

New Jersey recently created the first-in-the-nation “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200...

Posted July 31, 2014    

The Myths about Government that Kill Innovation

There is a steady drumbeat of statements arguing for limited government: Government should not pick winners. Government should not correct market failures. Only private companies should take risks. Instead of strong policy, let’s just lightly nudge...

Posted May 14, 2014    

Court Rules for Cape Wind, Ending a Decade of Failed Opposition

If you are an environmental lawyer, there is nothing more deflating than reading a judge's decision that clinically rejects all your best arguments. I know because I have had my share of losing environmental cases. But this time, it is that kick-...

Posted March 20, 2014    

In the Dark, Again and Again

If we're going to deal with increasingly severe climate-related power outages and are going to make our communities more resilient, we in the environmental community have to change the kinds of technologies we propose to solve the problem. Investing...

Posted February 11, 2014    

Natural Gas Loses to Solar Energy on Costs, A First

For those who already think natural gas will win out over renewable power, a judge has said, not so fast. In what may be the first time a U.S. solar power project has been declared cost-competitive against natural gas in a competitive bidding...

Posted January 9, 2014    

Solar Storage: The New Resilient Clean Energy Technology

This blog was co-authored with Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy Group Clean Energy Group's new Resilient Power Project is helping states figure out how to provide resilient power to critical infrastructure, so that needed services...

Posted November 5, 2013    

Energy Innovation in the States: From Energy Storage to Offshore Wind

There are those who say that the U.S. needs to focus more on innovation to create new clean energy technologies, rather than relying entirely on existing technologies like solar PV and land-based wind. They are right. But such criticism, which is...

Posted October 28, 2013    

Offshore Wind and Japan: Will the US Win or Lose This Technology Race?

This blog was co-authored with Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance The nuclear power crisis in Japan may open up new opportunities for offshore wind innovation, based on recent developments following the Fukushima Daiichi...

Posted October 24, 2013    

Offshore Wind in Europe: Lessons for the US

There are a lot of great things Europe has that the U.S. doesn't -- comfortable taxis, good table wine, Idris Elba -- and then there's offshore wind, lots and lots of offshore wind. I spent last week in Europe hearing from key offshore wind...

Posted October 4, 2013    

Energy Finance: Reduce Risk, Increase Clean Energy

The Clean Energy and Bond Finance Initiative or CE+BFI (www.cebfi.org) just released a paper about the state and city level innovations in clean energy finance, especially the new creative uses of bonds to support clean energy. The CE+BFI is joint...

Posted August 9, 2013    

New Policy Approaches Are Key To Scale Up Renewable Energy

Governments should consider scaling up renewable energy as part of their robust economic development strategy, rather than just as an environmental strategy with the secondary benefits of job creation. Such an approach is fundamental for attracting...

Posted December 7, 2011    

Rethinking Global Clean Energy Innovation

In the ongoing debate of federal energy and climate legislation- which continues to aim at carbon targets for the utility sector- there is little discussion of how to achieve those targets if they can ever be set. How will we innovate to deploy...

Posted July 15, 2010