Clean Energy Policy News

20 April 2012
Thanks to a new partnership effort with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the Clean Energy Solutions Center now features quarterly newsletters summarizing clean energy developments in finance, generating costs, and policy. Learn more.
12 April 2012
In Abu Dhabi, Paris, Davos, and New Delhi, the Clean Energy Solutions Center recently presented preliminary results of a high renewable energy penetration analysis that we developed in partnership with several international organizations and governments. The study focuses on best practices and case study comparisons from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United States. The resulting report and its companion summary for policymakers synthesizes lessons on effective policies, regulations, planning, and practices for achieving and managing significant renewable energy penetration into large-scale electricity grid systems. Learn more.
6 April 2012
The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) has launched a Cool Roofs and Pavements Toolkit to help cities, regions, organizations, and building owners develop and deploy successful cool surface initiatives. Learn more.
25 October 2011
A new report from the Institute for Industrial Productivity describes the policy packages of six countries—China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States—that directly or indirectly affect industrial energy efficiency or greenhouse gas emissions. The report, Ten Key Messages for Effective Policy Packages: Sharing Best Practices in Industrial Energy Efficiency Policies, proposes that an effective policy approach requires a "policy pyramid" consisting of three policy levels. Learn more.
12 September 2011
Parts of the developing world must increase investments to at least five times current levels in order to provide universal energy access by 2030 according to a recent United Nations' report titled Informing the Financing of Universal Energy Access: An Assessment of Current Flows. The study finds that in countries like Kenya, where less than 20% of the population has access to grid-based energy, increased investments in energy have less of an effect on the energy poor due to high costs. The findings of the report also show that there is a downward tendency in energy related foreign direct investment into developing countries in recent years. Learn more.
8 September 2011
ClimateWorks' 2010 annual report highlights their work in promoting a low-carbon future in Europe and the world's growing cities. Highlights include "Low-Carbon Urbaniza0tion and City Planning" and "Getting to Zero: Roadmap to a Low-Carbon Europe." Learn more.
12 July 2011
The REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report, released in July 2011, shows that the renewable energy sector continues to perform well despite continuing economic recession, incentive cuts, and low natural-gas prices. The report was commissioned by REN21 and produced in collaboration with a global network of research partners. Learn more.
9 May 2011
Close to 80% of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies, according to a report (<em>Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation</em>) released in May 2011. Learn&nbsp;more.
30 March 2011
The 2010 edition of Pew Charitable Trusts' Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? examines key financial, investment and technological trends related to clean energy in the world’s leading economies. The report focuses on investment, which is the "fuel that propels the innovation, commercialization, manufacturing and installation of clean energy technologies." Learn&nbsp;more.
30 March 2011
At the 2011 Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Energy Agency (IEA) introduced a new report titled Clean Energy Progress Report: IEA input to the Clean Energy Ministerial. The report provides background analyses for the ministerial sessions, highlights progress in the deployment of clean energy technologies globally, outlines the status of public spending on research, development and demonstration and discusses recent policy developments. Learn&nbsp;more.