2011

  • March 30, 2011  |  
  • Policy
  • Energy Policy: The Best Idea that Everyone Hates
  • The Economist, Staff
  • TODAY, Barack Obama unveiled the latest set of presidential proposals for reducing oil imports, strengthening the economy, and cutting emissions. Nearly everything he proposed is old hash; American leaders have been dutifully acting out this bit of theatre since the Nixon administration. And as my colleague at Democracy in America points ... more ›
  • March 29, 2011  |  
  • Policy
  • Report: Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race
  • Forbes, Tom Konrad
  • Highlights from a report on Clean Energy investments from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Charitable Trusts just released their report on Clean Energy, finance, and investment in the Group of Twenty (G20) economies in 2010. I had the opportunity to review a pre-release version of the report. Some 2010 ... more ›
  • March 29, 2011  |  
  • Policy
  • Clean Power CEOs: Save the DOE Loan Guarantee Program!
  • Earth2Tech, Katie Fehrenbacher
  • Close to three dozen CEOs of clean power companies — from First Solar to SunPower to Nanosolar — are pleading with congressional leaders to save the funding for the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, which has comeunder fire during the Congressional budget negotiations In a letter Tuesday morning, the CEOs ... more ›
  • March 25, 2011  |  
  • Policy
  • Group That Beat Back Proposition 23 Is Reborn
  • New York Times, Todd Woody
  • George P. Shultz, the Republican former secretary of state, and Thomas F. Steyer, the Democratic hedge fund billionaire, are reviving the coalition that campaigned last year to defeat Proposition 23, the California ballot measure that would have derailed the state’s’ landmark global warming law. Their new organization, Californians for Clean ... more ›
  • March 21, 2011  |  
  • CalCEF Press
  • How Many Bridges Does it Take to Cross the Valley of Death? More Than You Might Think
  • NREL blog, Paul Scharfenberger
  • If ever there was a topic on renewable energy that resembled folklore, it is the “commercialization valley of death.” The term describes the difficulties entrepreneurs face in obtaining cash to scale up manufacturing and put more projects (e.g., steel) in the ground (note that this is separate from—and comes after—the ... more ›