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The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

April 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt
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U.S. Climate Action

 

We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change.[read more]

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

April 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

It's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech venture capital. That might take an entire generation to fix itself. But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of venture capital funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks. Here's a quick roundup.[read more]

Mobilizing Public and Private Investments for New and Renewable Energy Projects

April 15, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The energy market in the United States is currently undergoing a very dramatic transformation, a transformation driven by technological advancement, market dynamics, and better policies and laws—none of which was possible even a decade ago.[read more]

Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

April 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Clean Energy Legislation and Jobs

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.[read more]

While Coal Loses Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Wind and Solar Add 79,000

April 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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As coal plants are shuttered due to increasing regulation and competition from cheap natural gas and renewables, coal industry jobs are being shed, losing nearly 50,000. During the same period, wind and solar added about 79,000 jobs and natural gas tacked on more than 94,000 jobs.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - Solar Jobs May Benefit Economy More than Oil and Gas Jobs [PODCAST]

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Solar Jobs vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs

Solar job growth has outperformed the overall economy by a factor of 20 times. And more and more solar jobs were created as prices fell. Significantly more. This is in direct contrast to oil and gas where when prices fall, men and women end up out of work.[read more]

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Energy, Innovation, and the Future of Transportation

April 9, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing short of a global superstar today. But that wasn’t always the case. Like many entrepreneurs, Elon started small, launching an online business directory for newspapers with his brother.[read more]

The Price of Energy: Canada's Challenge and Opportunity

April 8, 2015 by Jim Baird

Canada and Energy Prices

The current status quo in Canada places the country in the unique and almost incomprehensible position of potentially being a loser at both ends of fossil fuel/renewable energy tug of war. 75% of Canada’s petroleum reserves may have to be left in the ground.[read more]

Australian Solar Mergers and Acquisitions Break Records

April 2, 2015 by Nigel Morris

The recent announcement that international solar energy company Solar Power, Inc. will acquire an 80 percent stake in Australian solar wholesaler SolarJuice, sets a fascinating new milestone for the possibilities of mergers and acquisitions in the solar space.[read more]

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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[read more]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

March 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Clean Energy Economics

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.[read more]

3 Ways of Looking at the Solar Opportunity in India

March 17, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

Will India be the solar opportunity of a lifetime? Or is it just noise? To some extend, it comes down to what one believes: Will India develop? Will its government be part of the solution or part of the problem? There are three ways of looking at this market: The “Vision”, the “Reality” and the “Need” perspective.[read more]

Led by the U.S., Clean Energy Showing Economic Muscle Worldwide, Especially Wind and Solar

March 16, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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If there was any doubt about the financial viability of environmentalism, a new report published by Advanced Energy Economy shows that energy entrepreneurs not only are making dramatic progress in developing clean fuel alternatives, but they also are making money while doing it.[read more]

Driving Finance for Energy Efficiency Investment

February 27, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financial Support

Policymakers and financial institutions are pushing hard for scaled-up investment into energy efficiency. Will the work of the Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group report help unlock the EUR 100 billion per year needed to reach the European Union 2020 targets?[read more]