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China's infrastructure investments contain green and gray

(Photo courtesy Yale Climate Connections.) China issues and regulates billions in green bonds. But can anybody fully track the product's decarbonization progress? 

Green Bonds: They're Becoming a Standard and They're In Need of Clear Standards

More than a trillion dollars' worth of green bonds have found buyers around the world, but standards for defining what makes a bond green remain watery. How fast and how far can this technique extend before standards make it more reliably predictive of carbon savings- or before an investor loses...
Charlotte, NC hybrid bus

The administration can tee up safe, low-carbon transit in cities like Charlotte, NC and others without a cooperative Congress. 

Industrial Policy Can Set the USA on a Decarbonization Pathway

The United States, under its Paris Agreement commitments, must become carbon-free by 2050. Its Congress appears nowhere close to passing laws that would spark an energy transition, though. So the government's executive branch should craft a green industrial policy that mixes incentives, procurement, tax credits and other tools to bring...
Indonesia's far-flung communities need power for a host of purposes, including rice production

Sumba Sustainable Solutions, a member company in the New Energy Nexus, produces solar-powered rice mills. 

Divergent Paths for Renewable Energy Startups: Visiting an Indonesian Incubator

Though renewable energy startups have begun to find their way in Indonesia, they are not yet widely known. However, with support from stakeholders and with efforts from those stakeholders to improve regulatory clarity, startups can gain traction. One international team has set out to offer advice, advocacy, and capital to...
How solar grows from communities up away from Indonesia's metropolis

Rio Pramudita contributed this photo of an off-grid installation in Berau on Kalimantan. 

Corporate Captains, Venture Voices Try to Harmonize Across Indonesia

To nearly triple renewables' role in Indonesia's economy, the state-owned utility needs to either step back or invite in more collaborators and competitors. It shows no sign of stepping back. Alternatively, venture-like investors and corporate decisionmakers are finding means of working around and with the utility to increase solar for...
A minigrid using solar shines via Nigeria's initiative

We showcased this Nigerian minigrid last summer. We're now sharing a warning that ambitions from multinational investors had better grow more maximalist. 

Building the World's Clean Infrastructure Takes a 7X Investment Increase. Who's Up?

The sweep of nations from Central America across to Asia contains billions of people and untold potential for climate-smart infrastructure. The sweep of capital across those nations, we learned in a panel, looks tepid in light of the job. A set of reports from the International Energy Agency zooms in...
Solar panels being installed

This professional had to climb to get to this spot: community solar investors and innovators have to climb over hurdles, too. 

Community Solar's Bend Toward Energy Justice: Challenge Accepted

For those coming with fresh eyes to this series, please read the previous two articles about community solar. In the first article of the series, I explored the economic and energy equity opportunity of the community solar sector. The subsequent article investigated challenges within the market from a policy and...
Financing and Deploying Clean Energy: Program Insights
Techniques for turbines

(Photo from Energy News.) Wanja Wallemyr contributes millions of kilowatt-hours to a grid that doesn't properly value it. 

Qvinnovindar: Feeding Three Million Kilowatt Hours Into the Grid Each Year

What would a prosumer-friendly policy achieve? The Financing and Deploying Clean Energy participant who proposed that direction talked to an entrepreneur whose co-op feeds wind energy into Sweden's electricity system. Wanja Wallemyr's experience outlines what a grid full of prosumers can mean for power and empowerment.
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Clean Across the Continent: Promoting High Wind Goals in the Heartland

The Center has worked virtually this fall with dozens of professionals earning certificates in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy. Learners in the program study the history, physics, innovation pathways and technological possibility sparking the carbon-free economy. One learning strategy involves crafting policy memos and op/ed pieces on issues where public...
Let's get this turning

The EU needs to open financing channels to more providers to support the intent of the Green Deal.(Photo from Qvinnovindar.)

Walking the Walk: A Memo Outlining Incentives for Women-Powered Energy Storage in the European Union

Why should "prosumers" - individuals who make electricity for others to purchase- encounter brakes on their output in European Union policy? In this memo, which the author wrote first in the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy program, the case emerges for releasing female prosumers' entrepreneurial energy. A linked interview with...