"No one's actually making money from coal-fired power plants in the United States right now," said David Crane at WRI's MindShare event. That may seem a strange sentiment coming from a man who led NRG Energy, one of America's biggest power companies, but Crane is far from the typical energy exec.
In the last two years, 160 countries have publicly announced clean energy plans. Ahead of the Clean Energy Ministerial next week, here's a look at what countries have committed to and the potential impact of these plans.
For big corporations, buying renewable energy is harder than it should be. That’s why Facebook and Microsoft are inviting collaboration with utilities to break down market barriers. These iconic brands are among 60 companies participating in the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.
Uruguay went from having virtually no wind generation in 2007 to installing the most wind per capita of any nation in 2014. New WRI research explores the country's smart use of climate finance, and offers lessons on how other nations can successfully transform their energy sectors.
Large, private sector energy customers wanting to buy more renewable energy are already driving change in electricity markets by scaling up clean power delivered through the grid. More renewables in countries’ power grids will accelerate progress toward emissions-reduction targets put forth in Paris.
Joshua Ryor and Dana Davidsen break down recent developments, common misconceptions and emerging trends in renewable energy in the United States.
India has set ambitious renewable energy targets for this year of 175 gigawatts by 2022, an increase of 400 percent over 2014. But even as India looks to add new wind and solar plants, it is working to absorb the renewable power it already generates.
Hawaii made waves with its recent announcement to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, but it’s hardly the only island making big commitments to clean power.
In the U.S. heartland, where retail electricity costs less than the national average, investing in renewable energy can guard against fossil fuel price volatility and save customers money.
WRI's Senior Advisor for International Climate Affairs Pascal Canfin poses three questions for the world's economy and finance ministers.