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.
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.
Curtis Seymour, Power Sector program director at the Energy Foundation, writes in a guest post in Energy Collective that while advances in battery storage are impressive and important, it may be a long time before we need them to achieve a very-low-carbon electricity system. To understand why batteries may or may not be a key component of such a system, it’s important to know how the electricity grid works, and how low-cost, commercial-scale technologies are already being deployed in service of a clean energy future.
In this guest post for Utility Dive, Energy Foundation Transportation Program Director Patty Monahan and Vice President of Power Strategies Dan Adler make the case that a growing convergence between utilities and EV manufacturers may move the U.S. from the internal combustion engine and toward a transportation system powered predominantly by electricity. Click here to read How Utilities Can Drive the Future of Transport.
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.”
We want to share this opinion piece by Larry Kramer, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Carol Larson, President of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Foundations Must Move Fast to Fight Climate Change By Larry Kramer and Carol Larson Climate change is the defining … Continued
The Midwest’s annual Clean Energy Challenge honors the longstanding American traditions of innovation and competition. One winner, for example, has developed a method for storing gases that is more efficient and safer than traditional compression, and less energy intensive. Learn about all of the winners and find out how they’re helping to build the clean energy economy.
Texas cotton farmer Cliff Etheredge used to pray for rain and cuss the wind. Then he helped establish a local wind turbine project that pumps $10 million a year into the community. “Now what we’ve been cussing all these years turned out to be a blessing,” he says.
The Energy Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report, “American Clean Energy Stories,” shows how families, businesses, local governments, schools, and the military are enjoying the benefits of clean energy technology born of the long tradition of American innovation. We hope you enjoy it.
Adam Reich is an Army veteran who began working in Illinois’ clean energy industry last year and is using his vocational training to help Scranton Heating and Cooling’s customers save energy and money. He’s one of several workers profiled in a new report about clean energy jobs in the state. The survey found that 96,875 people currently work in the clean energy sector of Illinois’ economy and the numbers are projected to grow by 9 percent in 2014.