U.S. policymakers must ensure low-carbon investments and a fair transition for fossil fuel workers are included in economic recovery efforts from COVID-19.
Over the last decade, the clean energy industry has changed tremendously: Costs have fallen dramatically, technologies have become more efficient and solutions for integrating renewables into electric grids have advanced.
Clean energy yields an economic return 3 to 8 times higher than the initial investment, while creating jobs and reducing air pollution.
Investing in sustainable infrastructure for areas such as renewable energy and electric cars can help China’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
While India makes decisions for immediate economic relief, additional actions can help ensure long-term sustainability and resilience.
This working paper proposes a framework to identify and assess the relevant sustainable development impacts of renewable power technologies in India and to estimate their economic rate of return (ERR). This economic analysis approach allows for systematic consideration of relevant socioeconomic and environmental costs and benefits, which are especially critical in energy policymaking and planning.
Russia recently released a draft long-term strategy for tackling climate change. The proposed plan would have Russia's carbon emissions drop to net zero decades after other major economies.
Lessons from the Great Recession show three principles that should help the United States in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Energy Innovation Act might become the first major energy bill from the U.S. Congress in over a decade. The bill is not comprehensive climate change legislation, but it could provide incremental progress on clean energy and emissions reduction.
Charlotte's new deal is more remarkable for its design innovation than its size. It's the latest sign that cities are moving from championing clean energy to actually being able to buy and use it.
On the road from coal to renewable energy, China has a complex challenge to face: it must satisfy rising energy demand while reducing carbon emissions and sustainably managing water use without hobbling the power and agriculture sectors or the overall economy. Water stress adds to the challenge, because 66.5% of China's coal-fired power plants are in areas where water is scarce.
This practice note captures our experiences from our pilot efforts with aggregating demand for Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) clusters. By focusing on the end-user demand side and on energy intensive consumers, we expect to multiply the benefits of the supply-side efforts of the Indian government.
This working paper describes WRI India’s experience aggregating demand for clean energy in apartment complexes of Bengaluru India.
American cities, states and businesses have already come a long way on the road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Here are four clean energy trends to watch in the coming year in cities in the U.S.
While very few countries are on track for achieving a zero-carbon energy system by 2050, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom are further along than many.
Fifteen states now have official targets to get at least 50% of their electricity from clean sources. These states represent 28% of U.S. electric power demand, up from just 17% last year.
While the world collectively reduced its coal capacity over the past 18 months, China added 43 gigawatts (GW). The move may ultimately increase the economic costs of China’s energy economy over the coming decades.
We already know that the United States can grow its economy while reducing emissions. From cheaper electricity and cleaner air to rural revival and competitive edges, here's how climate action can boost jobs and productivity across the country.
Electrical vehicles are only as green as their grids. Luckily, utilities, automakers, cities and charging providers are working on programs that will strengthen both EVs and renewables.
This paper explores the range of approaches and emerging program designs currently used in the United States to match EV loads and renewable energy, with an emphasis on methods that more closely link the timing and location of the EV demand with renewable energy supply.