Renewables Curtailment: What we can Learn from Grid Operations in California and the Midwest

Comparing how electricity contracts, markets, and grid operations are evolving in California and the Midwest sheds light on changes that will be necessary as renewable sources like wind and solar begin to form the core of our electricity mix.

50% California Renewables Possible by 2030 With Smart Choices

During his State of the State address, Governor Brown proposed a goal of 50% renewable energy on California’s electric grid by 2030. Is this bold goal realistic? It all depends on how we choose to integrate renewables onto the grid.

在城市规划中掘金 (The Profit Potential of Getting the Urban Fabric Right)

This article describes the social, environmental, and economic benefits of sustainable urban development. Studies have shown that mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods that value public transit development over private car use actually command higher property value. Around the world and in China, more of these people-centered cities are already emerging.

Estimating Energy Efficiency Under EPA’s Carbon Rule Is Complicated

As states begin thinking about how they will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, energy efficiency should receive considerable attention as one of the most effective options.

The Cheapest, Cleanest Way to Meet Electricity Demand

Demand response technologies, which range from smart thermostats and water heaters in homes to sophisticated industrial systems, aren’t discussed as often as renewables or conventional fossil fuel technology, but they will be critical for the future of our electricity system.

How more urbanization in China can actually improve our climate

The way in which new cities are built will drastically determine whether they contribute to the reversal – or acceleration – of climate change. Proper design of urban form and transportation systems, especially in China, will be crucial for getting these cities right.

Three of the World’s Best ‘Cities for People’

A new Energy Innovation report, Cities for People in Practice, compares three sustainably developed communities that offer successful examples of the “cities for people” approach to urban development. By emphasizing public transit, walkability, and bicycling, these neighborhoods provide increased mobility and a higher quality of life for residents and visitors, but development costs have been comparable to traditional neighborhoods.

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.

How China Can Hit Renewable Energy Targets

In light of the recent U.S.-China pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is clearer than ever that China is committed to achieving a low-carbon electricity system and benefiting from a cleaner environment to boost economic development. But is this technically feasible in the world’s largest energy economy?

A city of the future in China

The Prize for Cities of the Future is given each year to a municipal project in China that demonstrates a “creative, effective, and scalable solution” to sustainable urban development challenges. Today’s urban planning decisions in China will carry huge consequences for how its cities develop for decades to come. These cities need smart, coherent strategies for development that make urban spaces livable, prosperous, and sustainable.