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Pennsylvania Seeks Routes toward Clean Energy

Clean energy is competing with natural gas in Pennsylvania. As the state attempts to optimize its renewable energy incentives, the market is chugging forward with some difficulty, according to Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture Energy Center. In this interview, he explains some of the roadblocks that exist.
Calgary Downtown

Blockchain Sparks High-Energy Utility-Industry Discussion

The United States power industry is inquisitively examining the applications of blockchain technology behind closed doors. During a webinar hosted by Advanced Energy Economy on Sept. 26, “Blockchain in Advanced Energy – Applications, Opportunities and Challenges,” participants submitted over 200 questions to the speakers. That shows how compelling blockchain is to utility decision makers right now.

How to Make Electric Vehicles Affordable and Accessible

When electric vehicles transform the auto-driven landscape of the United States, what will low-to-moderate-income communities do? A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives,” evaluated this accelerating controversy and emerged with some solutions.

Northeastern States Map the Challenges of Electrification

The only way to achieve climate targets in the Northeast is to start electrifying transportation and heating to a high level. According to the report “Action Plan to Accelerate Strategic Electrification in the Northeast,” a committee of over 30 stakeholders is laying the groundwork for a massive revamp of the region’s electric power consumption to meet climate goals.

Can Results-Based Climate Finance Prevent Adversity?

It’s urgent to fund climate solutions in developing nations. The risk of climate-related adversities particularly affects the poor, who already suffer disproportionately from these impacts. Direct government funding is scarce in the least-developed countries. Hence, climate change investment needs are significant. One way to address this gap and also reduce investment risks is to use results-based climate finance.

Can Electrification Short-Circuit the Utility Death Spiral?

The road to electrifying heating and transportation in the United States is being mapped out by Electric Power Research Institute and The Brattle Group. Their forecasts show that different paths may yield a range of environmental, business and health benefits. Electrification could also stoke the fire of utility profits, which has dimmed in recent years.

Solar Access Expands in the Southeast

The Sun Belt offers great possibilities for solar power development. And in many states of the deep South, residential customers stand to gain massively from increased access to affordable renewable energy. The Southeast is home to much of the nation’s worst sustained poverty. Its low-income consumers have some of the highest energy burdens in the country, according to American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “Energy burden” is defined as the percentage of household income that goes toward energy costs. Many states in the region maintain detrimental policy frameworks. Innovation is needed across the board to ensure solar power’s benefits are...
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Do Energy Efficiency Labels Increase Home Prices?

According to a recent research study, “Energy Performance Certificates - Informing the Informed or the Indifferent?,” the presence of an energy label on homes does not have any significant impact on home pricing. A team led by Professor Jon Olaf Olaussen from the business school at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology said factors such as the location, landscaping, neighborhood and size of the property take precedence in home purchases. However, this research contradicts several studies that have shown there is a price premium associated with energy labels.
Jameela Pedicini

Financial Leaders Follow the Hockey Puck of Clean Energy

In a dynamic discussion at the Rockefeller Institute of Government on April 18 in Albany, N.Y., financial experts explained how they “follow the puck” by observing technological and social trends as they move their funds from fossil fuels toward clean energy.

Why Stakeholders Support ARPA-E

When the United States renewed funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) on March 23 despite a proposal to defund this energy-innovation agency, what galvanized support for this decision? Two reports published in 2017 by the National Academies Press and Information Technology & Innovation Foundation showed why the agency plays a quiet but energetic role that moves industries forward.