The National Solar Jobs Census 2016 found that solar industry employment growth outpaced the overall U.S. economy by 17 times, reaching a total of 260,077 U.S. solar workers. The solar workforce grew at the fastest pace since the first National Solar Jobs Census was released in 2010. Continue reading

Over the years, Energy Foundation grantees have helped to advance smart energy policies that save consumers money, create jobs, increase energy efficiency, protect our health through cleaner air and water, and curb climate change. While we face challenges in the coming years, major achievements this year in states, cities, and the consumer economy underscore that the transition to clean energy is accelerating and here to stay. Continue reading

[Update: On August 31, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown and legislators agreed to invest an additional $900 million in cap-and-trade proceeds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, bringing the total to date to $3.2 billion. The article has been updated to reflect the change.] By José Carmona When it comes to reducing the risk of climate change and advancing a… Continue reading

Leaders in the trucking industry were among those who recently welcomed new fuel economy standards for big rigs, buses, and other heavy vehicles. The rules will reduce carbon pollution and fuel consumption, among other benefits. Patricia Monahan, the Energy Foundation’s Transportation Program Director, explains why it’s a big deal. Continue reading

Last week’s Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles, California, showcased clear commitments by U.S. and Chinese states, provinces, and major cities to address climate change—in many cases beyond national targets. And with the signing of a series of MOUs, it also cemented efforts by the two countries to deepen and strengthen cooperation by governments, the private sector, and NGOs. Continue reading

At a White House event in August, 13 of America’s biggest companies pledged to cut their carbon emissions, representing a total of at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment. This in turn will create good jobs, strengthen national security, and keep our air and water clean and healthy. Read more about it. Continue reading

A new study finds that, in the past three years, the Northeast’s cap-and-trade program added $1.3 billion in economic value to the nine-state region, led to the creation of more than 14,200 new job years, and cut electricity and heating bills, saving consumers $460 million. States participating in the program have found that “regulating carbon emissions from power plants through market-based mechanisms goes hand in hand with economic benefits.” Continue reading