Topic: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity Articles

James Owen

Stakeholders in Missouri Debate Clean Energy’s Future

As Missouri’s clean energy policies go back and forth like a ball in a game, advocates are doing their best to negotiate, said James Owen, executive director of Renew Missouri, in this interview. Net metering and other policies are being actively debated by state decision makers. The outcome is still up in the air.
Ben Otto

Idaho Values Energy-Efficient Choices

Saving energy and money is popular in Idaho. But distributed generation policy has been a sticking point for the state’s solar market lately. This has included controversies related to utility-scale solar and net metering costs, said Benjamin Otto, energy associate at Idaho Conservation League. Some of these negotiations have gone well, he said in this interview. Meanwhile, energy efficiency has continued to have steady support in the state.

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.
Kelly Bragg

West Virginia's Community Solar Ideas Take Root

Solar power is starting to take root in West Virginia at a community level, said Kelly Bragg, energy development specialist with the West Virginia Office of Energy. In this interview, she also said energy efficiency remains a low priority due to the affordable cost of electricity.
Anmol Vanamali

DC Designs Multifamily and Commercial Energy Solutions

When the District of Columbia develops clean energy programs, it has to handle many types of buildings – including commercial and multifamily properties of various sizes. In this interview, Anmol Vanamali, director of financing strategies at District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), outlines the approach stakeholders have taken to face this complex set of challenges.
Laura Nelson

Utah Slowly Constructs Clean Energy Markets

As Utah builds utility-scale solar and advances distributed generation, stakeholders are behaving collaboratively, according to Laura Nelson, executive director of Utah Energy Office. In this interview, she said that low energy prices have reduced the state’s incentive to pursue energy efficiency. The rooftop solar market has slowed this year.
Bryan Garcia

Connecticut Lays the Groundwork for Clean Energy

Connecticut has adapted creatively to the call to develop clean energy markets, combining energy efficiency and solar power as it brings in private financing. There is extensive work in progress to strengthen its programs. In this interview, Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank, outlines the current business environment.
Katie Niebaum

Arkansas Seeks to Expand Its Advanced-Energy Economy

In this interview, Katie Laning Niebaum, executive director of Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, described the challenges and aspirations she encounters as she seeks to build clean energy markets in Arkansas. Although some success stories have taken place in the energy efficiency space, much more work remains to be done.

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.
Louise Lexis Relus, Haitian farming community organizer

Louise Lexis Relus, Haitian farming community organizer, was photographed by Inter-American Foundation

Toward Gender Equity in the Era of Climate Change

The recent United Nations (UN) report “Gender and Climate Finance” has said that climate finance can catalyze the transition to zero-carbon and climate-resilient development while addressing gender issues such as equality and empowerment.