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China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

May 27, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Energy Policies

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility.[read more]

The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Red Herring

May 14, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Fossil Fuel Policy and Subsidies

Every few months we hear another round of passionate recommendations that fossil fuel subsidies be phased out to level the playing field for clean energy. Sounds sensible, but there’s reason to think that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies wouldn’t be nearly as transformative as is often suggested.[read more]

State Department Outlines 'New Architecture' to Address Climate Change

May 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change Government Policy

In her final speech as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spoke about the significant changes in the world that she has witnessed over the years. She talked about the new challenges, such as climate change, that have proved too difficult and complex for traditional international structures alone.[read more]


Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller

Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]

How Should We Design Government Policies to Stimulate Innovation?

March 25, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Policy Supporting Innovation


Innovation needs to take center stage not only in Washington DC, but also here in California, which produces only 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. So the success or failure of California’s climate policies hinges on stimulating innovation that can be exported to the rest of the world.[read more]

Solar Business: A Renovators Dream?

February 5, 2015 by Nigel Morris

There seem to be a lot of milestones being reached recently in the solar industry down under. We are in the next phase of solar business evolution as belts tighten, businesses downsize and the market adjusts. 2014’s lack of growth over previous years was felt across the industry and its tough out there.[read more]


Energy Innovation Doesn't Just Happen: How Government Policies Destroyed and Regenerated the U.S. Wind Turbine Industry, Twice

December 8, 2014 by Nathaniel Horner

Wind Industry and Government Policy

Policies like the PTC and Renewable Portfolio Standards have not only incentivized wind turbine construction, they also have an effect on the rate of turbine innovation. The way in which these sorts of policies are implemented can make or break new tech, as the history of wind development in the U.S. shows.[read more]

The Climate Resilience Toolkit Is an Important Resource

December 2, 2014 by Joe Casola

Climate Resilience Toolkit

Anyone who needs to plan for future risks needs good information that’s easy to find and easy to use. The federal government took an important step to help managers plan for the impacts of climate change with the release this month of the Climate Resilience Toolkit.[read more]

Canadians Deserve Honest Climate Talk

August 11, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government asked me and four other economists if we agreed with its study showing huge costs for Canada to meet its Kyoto commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. We all publicly agreed.[read more]

Australian Energy Utilities at the Brink?

May 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris

In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a lot going on in the Australian solar energy industry right now. In fact, I’ll rephrase that – there’s a lot going on in the Australian energy industry right now and in case you hadn’t noticed, solar is a major player.[read more]

Abbot's Systematic Destruction of Solar Energy Support in Australia Continues

April 17, 2014 by Nigel Morris

The rationale behind the Abbott Government’s incessant unravelling of support for solar power is unclear. What is clear is that almost every single day, we find another example of their systematic destruction of an opportunity that many countries would be jumping at.[read more]

Powering Myanmar: Investors Watch Closely as Government Cautiously Cuts Subsidies

March 24, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Myanmar and Investment

The government in Myanmar is showing resolve: just months after backing down over price hikes to electricity, the issue is back on the table. On Wednesday, in a move many expected only after next year’s elections, Myanmar’s parliament approved a new block tariff scheme for households and industry.[read more]