Energy Innovation CEO Hal Harvey was selected as one of The Weather Channel’s “Climate 25,” a group comprising 25 of the leading voices on how climate change impacts human security. The Climate 25 includes a variety of voices, each with their own perspective on the challenges humans face due to increased climate change, and the opportunities ahead for creating a sustainable future.
Policymakers used to operating, planning, regulating and legislating in an environment where capital deployment happens over the course of years and assets maintain their value over the course of decades need to adapt their practices to account for accelerating change and disruptive feedback loops.
The Paulson Institute, the Energy Foundation China and Energy Innovation LLC, along with several Chinese experts and groups, held the Restoring Blue Skies Air Quality Workshop, which discussed the most promising efforts that China could take to solve its air pollution problems.
Press Release: Energy Innovation’s Research Shows California’s New Emissions Targets Are Achievable at Low Cost
Research from Energy Innovation finds that the emissions targets announced in California Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order are not only technically achievable, but economically sensible and consistent with reductions called for by climate change science.
Capacity markets intend to bridge the gap between revenues available from energy markets and the all-in cost of desired capacity. They offer commitments, still short-term relative to most investment timescales, to make fixed payments for the right to call on an energy resource when needed.
With the world’s population rapidly urbanizing, the future of the planet’s climate hinges on the sustainability of its cities. Will these cities be sprawling and force residents to sit in crippling traffic jams as they choke on polluted air? Or will they offer easy access to goods and services through a variety of transportation options that emit fewer carbon emissions and other air pollutants?
Energy Innovation’s new report on California climate policy argues the state should adopt an ambitious 2030 target to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below their 1990 level. This strong yet achievable goal will help the state maintain its clean energy leadership.
Today, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) posted all of the submissions to the 51st State Challenge, a call for utility stakeholders to take a “fresh” look at electricity policy in a state with no preexisting regulations or market structure. The twelve submissions will be judged by a panel of policy experts that will determine which papers feature at the 51st State Summit on April 27 in San Diego.
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.
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.