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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...
Courtesy of Norfolk Solar

(Courtesy of Norfolk Solar) If dollars are flowing into under-served neighborhoods and staying there for as long as they throw off tax savings, why not channel some of them to improve energy justice? Plenty of opportunity remains. 

Where Investors See a Tax Savings, She Saw a Pathway to Clean Energy Equity Goals

The federal Opportunity Zones designation forgives capital gains taxes on investments in neighborhoods that have withstood economic isolation. One Norfolk, Virginia entrepreneur found dollars from investors looking for the tax break, found sites ready for solar development, and found a way to create jobs and increase solar market share in...
Max Joel sees maximum benefit in planning

Officials like Max Joel say New York's willingness to support planning and study will help kick-start local solar projects. 

To Stoke Solar Power for Low-Income Communities, New York Frees Up More Capital

People who live in areas where it's hard to own a home and hard to breathe clean air often also find it hard to tap solar power. The New York State Economic Research and Development Authority just signaled an intent to right this imbalance. The agency's new solicitation for bids...
The partners raising Raise Green

For these two capitalists, finding unicorns matters less than helping community leaders find solutions to their specific climate and health challenges. 

Update: Raise Green Rises From Crowdfunding Concept to Operating Platform. What's Next?

Crowdfunding has operated for a while, and community solar has emerged as a category for investors and developers. For Raise Green, a financing platform that aims to bring crowdfunding to community solar projects, the past year has brought evolution and discovery. Our reporter brings the team's ambitions and methods up...
Block Island Wind Farm

Photo courtesy of Deepwater Wind

A State Promises Clean Energy, but Consumers Still See Higher Costs

In a policy roadmap, New York State undertakes to give utilities and manufacturers every reason to build out clean energy networks. In the energy-buying experience, residents and businesses see few paths to renewable power. How can a state reach its zero-emission goals without first showing consumers lower prices and clearer...
Perspectives from State Experts
Joseph FIordaliso, looking to the ocean and the roads to power the Garden State

For Joseph Fiordaliso, progress toward a fossil-free economy flows from top-level leadership to street-level entrepreneurship. 

Joseph Fiordaliso on New Jersey's Energy Master Plan

What's on the horizon for New Jersey after the Covid-19 crisis? When we spoke with Joseph Fiordaliso, the president of the state's Board of Public Utilities, the vision includes electric cars and buses, wind turbines in the ocean, and busy factories making wind-energy equipment. A Newark native with a crackly...
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

Photo courtesy of David Campbell.

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...