China’s Green & Smart Opportunity

What will the new pattern of urbanization look like for China? The Green & Smart Urban Development Guidelines capture some of the most important lessons learned from global experience on how to build a great city, tailored to China’s unique environmental, economic, and social conditions.

The Hidden Consequences of the Oil Crash

Gas prices have fallen by half, dropping an average of more than $2 a gallon since their most recent peak in 2011. As the global markets process the uncertainty ahead, Politico Magazine asked a panel of leading experts on energy, economics and geopolitics to tell us: As we cheer for cheap gas, what aftershocks should we be bracing for?

China Can Smartly Build 10 New York Cities in 10 Years

China’s urban population is projected to reach 1 billion by 2030, with 75 percent of the population living in cities by 2050. In this rush to urbanize, China has an enormous opportunity to move toward a “new pattern of urbanization.”

After Paris: The State of America’s Electricity Sector Emissions Headed Into 2016

As we move into 2016 with an international climate agreement and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it’s time to review the current status of U.S. power sector emissions and preview the energy trends shaping the next decade.

Smart Growth Can Cure California’s Congestion Crisis

California’s economy is hot, but its traffic congestion is not. Since the end of the recession, the number of jobs statewide has increased 15 percent. However, California also suffers from the worst traffic in the nation. Moving California Forward offers an essential solution: Apply smart growth principles to build up walkable and transit-oriented neighborhoods.

How cities can stand up to climate change

Considering the magnitude of the climate change issue, commitments at the national scale are necessary if the world is to feel any sort of emissions reduction impact. That said, an efficient and effective way to meet these commitments comes from the cities within a nation.

California’s International Model For Climate Success

The COP21 international climate agreement negotiations should be guided by California’s experience. While our transition is ongoing, smart policy and bipartisan leadership have reduced emissions and increased renewable energy while creating economic growth.

3 Ways Public Power Providers Can Prepare for Technology and Market Changes

A new set of case studies and lessons, titled Maximizing Performance of Public Power Utilities, illuminates examples of how publicly-owned utilities can deliver the outcomes desired by their customer-owners through high-level performance management.

Skin in the Game: New Case Studies Illuminate Best Practices for DER Ownership and Operation

A new report from America’s Power Plan investigates the question, “who should own and operate distributed energy resources?” It turns out there there are many options for who can own and operate DERs—and any of them can work, as long as the revenue streams are designed or adjusted appropriately.

The Future of Demand Response Without FERC Order 745

Two experts consider what the demand-response market will look like if the Supreme Court kills FERC’s landmark rule. While this ruling potentially affects DR in capacity and ancillary service markets, their exchange focuses on the future of DR in wholesale energy markets.