For four years, federal stimulus and standards pushed money backward toward fossil fuels. Since January, a new president whose party controls Congress has signaled that federal capital will rush toward the sector. But Congressional lawmaking support looks breakable. What can a clean-energy leader expect and do?
Energy without emissions causes more job creation and less climate risks. To expand across the recovering nation, energy needs to come with priorities, prices and placements that emphasize justice for people who have lived with systematic racism. In this summary and exploration, scholar Dan Kammen lays out the case for a justice-driven recovery. CBEY will explore this case more fully with Shalanda Baker and other scholars later this month.
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 options? Our reporter peers into the situation.
CBEY introduced a certificate program in 2019 that teaches professionals the policy, science, finance tools and innovation paths that define the path to a carbon-free future. As the second year of the certificate revs up next month, certificate holders reflect on how the program taught them what to ask, what to measure, what to consider and how to build support networks for the invaluable work ahead.
Germany set forth the Energiewende, an aspirational and detailed strategy for quitting fossil fuel, before Covid-19 interfered. Germany drew high marks for its handling of the Covid crisis, and many of its leaders have insisted that recovering its economy means reinforcing the Energiewende's goals. However, the way forward looks rockier. Some politicians have questioned the strategy, calling it a luxury in a time of urgent unemployment. Others call it more essential than ever. In this story, our writer looks through the strategy's evolution to find lessons for how big ideas can survive and even grow more robust in the months...
When the national economy kept churning, state-level green bank leaders crafted ways to help low-income and working communities to afford cleaner power. Now that the Covid-19 crisis has plunged the nation into an unemployment trough, a set of case studies from states hints at what kind of workforce and capital growth can flow from a national climate bank.
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 voice, Fiordaliso has regulated utilities in three Garden State administrations.
North Carolina has the potential to be a leader in offshore wind development, and the governor’s guidance can help jumpstart the industry. As a new market, however, the industry needs a stronger signal of interest. An executive order setting a goal for offshore wind development will show the wind industry that North Carolina intends to significantly invest in the sector.