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In Focus: Obama’s Executive Green Orders

In Focus: Obama’s Executive Green Orders

President Obama has vowed that in the absence of congressional action, he will use his executive privileges to combat climate change. Some who are seeking a pretext to discredit the President have suggested that he is ruling by executive orders (EOs). However, President Obama has signed fewer EOs in his first four years in office


Clean Energy Workers and the Sequester

Now that the Sequester has officially begun, people are wondering what the impacts will be, both long term and short term. The message from the two sides of the political spectrum could not be more opposite. Republicans are confident that the concern is overstated, and the wasteful federal government needs the motivation to start effectively


How Green Can We Get?

Recently, I’ve been watching Saul Griffith’s “Climate Change Recalculated,” a brilliant talk book about the connection between our individual carbon footprint (he presents his own in precisely measured details) and what it will actually take to power the future with clean energy. I’m coupling that with a read of Amory Lovins’ “Reinventing Fire,” which looks


The Two Faces of China’s Energy Governance

In my attempts to catch up on lots of literature published over the past year that I missed, I finally read the 2012 paper China’s Long Road to a Low-Carbon Economy: An Institutional Analysis by Philip Andrews-Speed, one of the first and foremost international commentators on China’s energy economy.  Naturally, its stuff worth reading (otherwise


America Speaks: 57% Want Government to Address Global Warming

Four out of five Americans now believe A recent poll from AP-GFK poll on climate values reveals that four in five Americans believe that “climate change will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it.” And that’s not all! The poll also found that 57% of Americans think the government should do “a

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Jordan Announces Feed-in-Tariff (FiT)

While North American regulators continue debating the merits of feed-in tariffs, another developing country has adopted the policy renowned for rapidly developing renewable energy in the developed world. This week Jordan’s Electricity Regulatory Commission introduced tariffs that will be paid for generation from various renewable technologies. The move is in response to the Renewable Energy and

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The Amazon: Potential Solar Power Plant Hotbed?

There is an article that appeared online yesterday in The Wall Street Journal about how some of the world’s biggest mining companies are looking to spend around $24 billion to boost production in the Amazon and how the Brazilian government is creating the infrastructure necessary to make it happen: Mining giants such as Vale and Anglo-American are increasing efforts


In Focus: President Obama’s “All-of-the-Above” Energy Strategy

A friend of mine who had made some energy-related suggestions to President Obama just received a very thoughtful and well-written note in response, talking up the “all-of-the-above” strategy.  I respond: That’s great.  From here, I’d like to see some real numbers and commitments to bringing them about.  In particular, I want to see us: •


Stion: Big Winner of SunShot Incubator 7

Department of Energy just announced winners of its SunShot Incubator 7 program. In all, the DOE announced $10 million in investments in solar startups projects across U.S., with San Jose, Cali.-based Stion winning the highest amount of $2 million. Stoin developed a new tandem copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) module thin-film photovoltaic technology that’s produced


Governments Role in the Future of Cleantech

Many want to see more government investment in clean technology. There are a lot of things governments can do to help advance cleantech. They can provide tax credits, craft policy mandates, impose standards, develop regulations and pass legislation. On the macroeconomic level, governments can also play an important role supporting education, developing markets and encouraging demand. Cleantech

Shopping Malls Across America Go Solar

12 shopping malls in Arizona, California, New York and Connecticut are getting solar PV over the next year, as part of real estate owner Macerich’s corporate sustainability efforts. Panasonic is developing the 12 megawatt solar project, which is financed and owned by Panasonic’s financial platform partner, Coronal Management.  This is the first phase of a national solar strategy for Macerich, which