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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...
Empty office floor, full of possibilities?

Retrofitting buildings after Covid-19 emptied many commercial properties can boost efficiency and sustainability- but doing so will take coordination, patience and strategy. 

Can Engineers Tune Properties for Safety & Equity in a Post-Covid Context?

Investments in efficient energy systems can save millions for every diligent manufacturer, tenant and landlord. They can also drive down carbon emissions, helping states reach clean-energy targets. They can help lower energy costs and with them energy bills, which can help resuscitate urban property markets. And they can coincide with...
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Can Commercial PACE Lending Provide a Piece of the Post-Covid Puzzle?

The severe human and economic toll of Covid-19 has injected high levels of uncertainty into the economy. Despite reduced overall levels of investment in Q1 and Q2 2020, interest in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, or C- , has risen in some markets across the country. Commercial PACE is a...
Measure the microgrids' benefits in human terms

How Can Nigeria Use Its Mini-Grid Power Supply to Empower Rural Residents? (Second of Two Parts)

The first section of this story laid out how worldwide finance steered capital into Nigeria's rural communities through a grant process and a tender process, both designed to boost microgrid production. This conclusion asks how these programs pay off for residents and communities-and how their lessons can grow across sub-Saharan...
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Susan Glickman

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Florida Battles to Create a Clean Energy Policy Framework

In this interview, Susan Glickman, Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, discusses the status of clean energy development in the state. Glickman lays out policy battles over renewable portfolio and energy efficiency standards, the state’s history of natural gas consumption, growth in utility solar programs, and an...
David Campell

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Cost-Competitive Renewables Poised to Grow in Deregulated Texas Market

Texas offers an instructive case study for the growth of renewable energy. Most of the state’s electricity is delivered through the deregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. The state has long since surpassed its mandated renewable portfolio standard, so market dynamics dictate the ongoing pace of renewables growth. Nonetheless...