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The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo

April 21, 2015 by Daniel Kammen

Kosovo and Coal

The World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal projects, unless no feasible alternatives exist. Obama has said the same for the U.S. In Kosovo a proposed coal-fired power plant has been under discussion for over a decade. The prime funders, ironically, are the World Bank and the U. S. government.[read more]

How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]

New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

August 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast region, there are many communities are still in the long and arduous process of rebuilding and recovering.[read more]

DOE Offers First Offshore Wind Loan Guarantee

July 4, 2014 by Tom Carlson

DoE and Offshore Wind Loans

The Department of Energy made a provisional commitment to a $150 million loan guarantee for the Cape Wind offshore wind power project in Massachusetts. With that pledge, Cape Wind will have raised nearly 60 percent of the estimated $2.5 billion it needs to build what could be the nation’s first offshore wind farm.[read more]

The Myths about Government that Kill Innovation

May 14, 2014 by Lewis Milford

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. Government has never done innovation right.[read more]

Climate Preparedness Task Force Should Use Water Infrastructure Funding to Protect Communities from Climate Risks

April 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Preparedness

Recent disasters in U.S. communities illustrate risk from flooding and drought events. Downpours swept across the South recently, causing at least one death and widespread flooding. More than 60 percent of the West, including greater than 99 percent of California, now is facing drought conditions.[read more]

LIHEAP Advocates Make Push For Greater Funding on Capitol Hill

March 31, 2014 by Lisa Dundon

LIHEAP and Funding

Advocates from around the country descended upon Capitol Hill in support of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The block grant program provides assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as weatherization and energy-related repairs.[read more]

In Defense of Picking Winners

March 4, 2014 by Severin Borenstein

Picking Winners

Virtually all economists working on climate change agree that we should price GHG emissions. Doing so creates an incentive to reduce emissions without the government directing specific technology adoptions or activity changes, that is, without “picking winners.”[read more]

NuScale Wins Second Round of DOE SMR Funding Under FOA

December 19, 2013 by Rod Adams

On December 12, 2013, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of NuScale as the winner of the second round of funding under the Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).[read more]

Naval Reactors Should Be Empowered to Show the Way Again

November 14, 2013 by Rod Adams

President Obama should task John Richardson the same mission that President Eisenhower gave Hyman G. Rickover. Richardson is the current leader of Naval Reactors, the organization that Rickover built, and it could show others how to manufacture complete nuclear fission power systems.[read more]

$60 Million More For Low Cost Solar Energy

October 29, 2013 by Tina Casey

Investment and Low Cost Solar

The cost of solar energy has already plunged a whopping 70 percent in just three years, and it is set to dive right off the charts. The Department of Energy has just announced new grants from the funding program that has been the driving force behind this success, the SunShot Initiative.[read more]

Remembering George Mitchell

September 19, 2013 by Alex Trembath

Just two years ago, a eulogy pointing to the role of the government would have seemed contrary to the archetype of the entrepreneur. The illusion that innovation originates from the private sector alone remained dominant in 2011, particularly in the oil and gas industry.[read more]

Canadian Geothermal Industry Seeks Crowdfunding in Absence of Government Money

September 12, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

Canadian Geothermal

In a 2008 story concerning Canada being a laggard when it comes geothermal power production, I wrote that Canada is in fact the only nation along the Pacific Ring of Fire that did not have a commercial geothermal power plant up and running.[read more]

ARPA-E Announces a Different Path for Solar Energy Innovation

August 2, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Solar Energy Innovation

In order to attain clean energy technology breakthroughs – particularly with solar and wind technologies that also require innovations in manufacturing and energy storage and grid integration systems – support for ARPA-E must be sustained and expanded.[read more]

Decades of Government Funding Behind Shale Revolution

The technological revolution allowing for the cheap extraction of natural gas from shale occurred thanks to more than three decades of government subsidies for research, demonstration, and production, a new Breakthrough Institute investigation finds. Both directly and indirectly, the government was behind the critical moments and tools...[read more]