July 5, 2011

The Impact of Clean Energy Innovation

Google, Google


AP Photo

Our need for energy must be balanced against the often competing interests of the economy, environment, and national security. Clean, sustainable, safe, and secure sources of energy are needed to avoid long-term harm from geopolitical risks and global climate change. Unless fully cost-competitive with fossil fuels, the adoption of clean technologies will either be limited or driven by policy. Innovation in clean energy technology is thus needed to reduce costs and maximize adoption. But how far can energy innovation go towards meeting economic, environmental, and security needs? This analysis attempts to estimate the potential impact clean energy innovation could have on the US economy and energy landscape. . .

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: green jobs, Google, clean energy, carbon emissions, carbon economy

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

May 16, 2012
Google's Approach to Building Wind Energy
Ken Silverstein, EnergyBiz
Wind energy just got a nice bump. It came after a key federal agency authorized a project funded in part by Google to lay the groundwork for an underwater power line. The off-shore wind deal, known as the Atlantic Wind... more ››
May 4, 2012
Why BrightSource Didn't Need That IPO
Susan Kraemer, Green Prophet
According to the always inquisitive Katie Fehrenbacher  over at GigaOm who managed to snag a Q&A with the company, BrightSource just doesn’t necessarily need the extra money right now. Its Ivanpah solar thermal project is... more ››
May 9, 2012
The Sierra Club Opposes 'Clean Energy'
Robert Bryce, National Review
‘Clean energy” is the political darling of the moment. President Obama has made the promotion of clean energy one of the centerpieces of his administration and his reelection effort. The Democratic National Committee. . . more ››
May 8, 2012
The Future of Cleantech? Try Hacking Code
Martin LaMonica, CNET
Internet, meet clean tech.A weekend hackathon here showcased the promise -- and limits -- of applying mobile and Internet software development toward efficiency. To advocates, the "cleanweb" will succeed where clean tech fell... more ››
The "fiscal cliff" refers to the double-whammy the U.S. could face in early 2013, when trillions in tax hikes and domestic cuts are scheduled to kick in. But clean energy is facing its own fiscal cliff, which could provide an... more ››