The path toward a low-carbon California

California risks falling short of the pace necessary to meet the its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Fortunately, California’s policymakers are putting in place the next phase of energy policies that would maintain the state’s leadership for decades to come. Energy Innovation has created a set of recommendations to keep the state on track for deep carbon reductions by 2030 and beyond.


Trending Topics – What can we learn from evolving renewable contracts and grid operations?

As low-cost renewables provide a growing share of the electricity, grid operations—and thus power markets, financial structures, and policies—must evolve. This article draws lessons from power contracts and markets about the evolving role of renewables from two different organized markets.

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Our new video charts the plunging price of wind and solar

We’ve created a short video that illustrates the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for both conventional and alternative sources. The video highlights the plummeting costs of renewable energy technologies like wind and solar.

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Energy Innovation Responds to California Building Codes Study

Energy Innovation sent the following response to Dr. Arik Levinson, detailing our feedback on his analysis of California’s energy savings from building codes. The take-away is that Dr. Levinson’s analysis is incomplete and therefore inconclusive.

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Energy Innovation partners with China-California collaboration on cities and climate

Energy Innovation is excited to be part of the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC), a new initiative that lies at the intersection of two of our priorities: strengthening California’s climate policies and helping Chinese cities reduce their carbon footprint.


Trending Topics – Efficiency: Can we accept less stringent oversight if it means better outcomes?

Energy efficiency is a big business. However, some are beginning to question whether money could be spent more wisely to achieve greater levels of efficiency. Now is the time for policymakers to take a hard look at how to scale-up energy efficiency cost-effectively.


Comparing the costs of renewable and conventional energy sources

How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? To illustrate how various energy technologies compare, we’ve created a set of interactive dashboards that summarize how much it costs to generate power.


Repost: Bloomberg Philanthropies and Partners Launch New Clean Energy Initiative

The initiative will provide $48 million in grant funding to a broad range of stakeholders that will accelerate the transition of the U.S. power fleet, aiming to limit carbon pollution from power plants as well as spur investment in clean energy technologies.

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Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

Ask a distribution grid engineer in Germany or Hawaii how work is going these days, and you’re in for an earful. And policymakers would be smart to listen—while discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound overly technical, the truth is that voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.


Building Codes and Pollution Control

In an article for China Daily, Hal Harvey explains the importance of building codes for winning both the air quality and pollution battles in China. Building codes can help combat climate change. International experience suggests that carefully designed standards and pollution control strategies, if properly enforced, can make an enormous difference to air pollution and help with climate change.