The White House has announced it will repeal the Clean Power Plan. Meanwhile, state, city, and business leaders across the country are moving forward with clean energy solutions that reduce air and carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy, creating well-paying American jobs. They understand the economic, environmental, and health benefits of clean energy solutions and acutely understand the risks associated with dirty energy sources. Continue reading

Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill to extend through 2030 the state’s cap-and-trade program. California’s action sends a message to other nations that America is committed to accelerating its transition to clean energy in spite of Washington’s backpedaling, and demonstrates that one of the world’s biggest economies can pursue ambitious climate targets while stimulating economic growth. Continue reading

A suite of policy actions adopted in Nevada this month marked a dramatic turnaround in a state that two years ago rolled back net metering rules, crippling its growing rooftop-solar industry.

With this reversal, Nevada provides the latest example of a state taking bipartisan action to build a clean energy economy. Since President Trump’s election, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio have all adopted policies to advance their economies with renewable energy and energy efficiency. Continue reading

In early June, China hosted the 8th annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-8) in Beijing. The ministerial is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, share lessons learned and best practices, and encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. The three-day event in Beijing broadly showcased innovative technology… Continue reading

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