The Energy Foundation is delighted to welcome Jane L. Breyer as our new Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. Jane has supported a wide range of philanthropic organizations in achieving their goals by leveraging her extensive networks, leadership experience, and approach to partnerships. She will lead a new team focused on strategic partnerships to bring more resources to the field and accelerate change in the U.S. and China.
In the best of American traditions, competitive markets are spurring innovation and delivering big economic and health benefits for all of us. New investments in cutting-edge technologies provide local jobs, reduce electric bills, and clean the air and water—for today’s children and future generations. They also reduce carbon emissions, which will help the U.S. meet and exceed the goals set at the Paris climate talks. Learn more in the Energy Foundation’s Annual Report.
“Climate change is the defining threat of our lifetime, but we have all the tools we need to turn it back. The American spirit of ingenuity has never failed us, and if we apply it here we will surely prevail. We urge everyone to join us in demanding climate solutions that build global prosperity.” Read more.
The Energy Foundation congratulates board member William Ruckelshaus, who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on November 24. Bill served as the first and fifth administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
Current utility energy programs underserve low-income American families in multi-family housing. With support from the JPB Foundation, we partnered with the National Housing Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council to look for solutions. We knew a network approach made sense. In a recent post in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, we share some lessons learned from that experience. Read it here.
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.