Stories from Industryby Alex Perera, Samantha Putt del Pino and Barbara Oliveira - February 2013
While powerful forces like population growth, resource scarcity, and economic austerity are creating the need for transformative changes in business practices, the question remains: Why aren’t “win-win” results for companies and the environment getting to scale? This paper explores that...
by Logan Yonavjak, Emily Norford, Athena Ballesteros, Tom Nagle and Susan Alzner - February 2013
This is the first in a series of three issue briefs, based on a three-day workshop held by WRI and the DOEN Foundation in March 2012. Through the workshop and subsequent interviews, WRI brought together the experiences of 25 socially oriented energy enterprises, organizations, and financiers who...
The Role of Policy in Developing Successful Domestic Solar and Wind Industriesby Priya Barua, Letha Tawney and Lutz Weischer - November 2012
This paper examines the development of the solar PV and wind industries across China, Germany, India, Japan, and the United States from 2001–2011. It takes a unique, comparative approach to track the policies and incentives put in place by these key competitors, documents the state of play in...
by James Bradbury - April 2012
The U.S. electric power system is gradually shifting toward cleaner forms of generation. One sign of this transition is the declining use of coal for electric power production. This fact sheet examines the reasons for this transition and potential results.
by Jenna Goodward, Alex Perera, Nicholas Bianco and Christina Heshmatpour - August 2011
This brief describes a number of policy tools that can be employed to drive investment in renewable energy technologies and discusses which policy options may be the best fit based on the commercial maturity of a targeted technology.
Electricity Transmission Infrastructure and its Impact on the Renewable Energy Marketby Letha Tawney, Ruth Greenspan Bell and Micah Ziegler - April 2011
This report examines electricity transmission developments and challenges for renewable energy in the European Union (EU), China, and the United States.
by Jenna Goodward and Rebecca Smith - January 2011
Electricity consumers interested in switching to solar often find that traditional utility metering
arrangements based on a “one customer, one meter” model present barriers to selling power
back to the grid, siting projects, or owning systems jointly. These limitations are starting...
Supporting Low Carbon Development with Climate Financeby Letha Tawney and Lutz Weischer - January 2011
This paper was prepared as a conference paper for the New York University / United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs Workshop on Climate Finance hosted in Abu Dhabi on January 22-23, 2011.
by Jenna Goodward and Mariana Gonzalez - October 2010
The Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) are incentives for
development and deployment of renewable energy technologies. This document provides
an update on their benefits, applicability to specific technologies, and expiration dates.