Lighting Africa: A model that should be replicated in other clean energy technologies

Lighting Africa, a joint International Finance Corporation-World Bank initiative, is demonstrating the successful application of new innovation systems approaches to one of the most persistent energy access issues in the developing world: off-grid lighting.

Extreme Weather and Power Outages: Distributed Clean Power Can Meet Emergency Needs

The tornadoes in the South and Midwest this spring, the recent unprecedented fires in the Southwest and the floods across the country once again showed how fragile our electric grid is and how dependent we are on it for our basic services.

Is the Fuel Cell Roller Coaster Heading Up or Down?

Few clean energy technologies have seen sharper swings in their perceived appeal and popularity than fuel cells.

Google’s Clean Energy Tax Strategy: Other Companies Should Follow Suit

The latest Google foray into clean energy could hold lessons for many other companies interested in clean energy investment.

ARPA-E Needs Customers for its Clean Energy Breakthroughs

The Administration rightly has asked for increased funding for the DOE venture like funding of ARPA-E- though the House budget decreases ARPA-E funding.

States and Clean Energy Economic Development

For the last decade, clean energy projects like wind, solar, and biomass have proliferated across the United States.

Turning Climate Tech Transfer on its Head

This week we released a new report on global climate innovation – the lessons learned from global innovation initiatives in other areas to create new directions for climate technology innovation, especially in developing countries.

Picking Nuclear, Picking a Winner?

In my recent post, I tried to counter the myth that the government should not be in the business of “picking winners,” a charge leveled against some recent Obama Administration energy proposals.

Picking Winners or Losers

Recently, some members of Congress criticized Energy Secretary Chu for “picking winners’ through his research and development programs like ARPA-E.

The Weakest Link in the Nuclear Chain

The reason the damaged nuclear plants in Japan could not retain power to cool the reactors or the spent fuel rods in holding tanks after the tsunami in March was because the backup power systems failed.