WRI’s Letha Tawney named first-ever Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy
The U.S. Clean Power Plan’s impact on water has been largely overlooked, even though power plants account 45 percent of the country's water withdrawals.
While increased U.S. oil production has delivered short-term economic benefits, our ongoing dependence on oil is still creating serious risks to business investment, national security and the environment.
At a time of record low renewable energy power purchase agreements in the U.S.—as projects compete for buyers before federal subsidies expire—corporate buyers could bring real benefits to other energy customers.
Until now, community solar has largely benefited residential and small non-residential customers in a specific community. Yet there are other stakeholders who also want to get into the shared renewable space—large corporate buyers.
As a former U.S. energy secretary, UN ambassador and governor of New Mexico, WRI Board Member Bill Richardson has watched the debate over the Clean Power Plan with keen interest. Here he explains how this common-sense rule to cut dangerous air pollution can help U.S. states and the national economy, while putting the United States in a leadership position in dealing with the international issue of climate change.
WASHINGTON (August 3, 2015)— The Obama administration is expected to announce today historic plans to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time. The Clean Power Plan would reduce emissions by an average of 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
A new report lays out 10 recommendations that could deliver 96 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming to safe levels while also generating economic benefits.
Thirty-nine countries now have carbon-pricing policies on the books, while hundreds of businesses have voiced support. Pricing carbon, which was just a theoretical concept a few years ago, has blossomed into real climate action.
Certain large electricity consumers in Rajasthan state will need to get about 10 percent of their power from renewable sources—or risk getting fined.
As climate impacts mount, so does the urgency of resolving the equity challenge. Those least responsible for climate change are often the most vulnerable to changes in weather patterns, sea level rise, and other impacts, further exacerbating existing inequities.
Several ambitious international initiatives that aim to deliver access to clean, modern energy services to underserved populations in developing countries have recently taken root, including the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative, the Energy+ Partnership, and Power Africa.
At least 20 percent of Mexico City's greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. The new Building Efficiency Accelerator can help reduce their impact.
WRI evaluated the climate-water implications of more than 20 generation technologies in China, and found several win-win solutions for its power sector to reduce water impacts and emissions.
China’s power sector is its largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and also its biggest industrial water user. As a result, current and future decisions about electricity generation—and energy efficiency—will have profound impacts on both global climate and domestic water resources.
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants, are a small but rapidly growing component of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, climate-friendly substitutes exist, and some of these alternatives can even create net savings for consumers.
Tamil Nadu is a major hub for renewable energy in India, with an energy potential of 85 times its current capacity. Its clean energy future is bright, but only if it capitalizes on presented opportunities.
Manish Bapna takes a closer look at corporate sustainability trends and its global shift toward low-carbon energy.
Comparing the cost of renewable energy options to traditional electricity supply is critical for decision-makers, policy experts, investors, and regulators to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to supply electricity.