Major advances in American energy and transportation—from jet engines to interstate highways and nuclear power—have traditionally involved public-private partnerships. Renewable energy is now on the table, but given today’s political environment, the lights seem to be dimming on such collaborations. What are the challenges? And where are the bright spots?
Traditional office and residential buildings are energy hogs. Today, however, we’re seeing a new generation of cleantech entrepreneurs rethinking building design and manufacturing. While they’ve seen growing success, these entrepreneurs face many challenges in bringing their innovative companies to market.
Clean energy has boomed in recent years, but to guarantee its continued growth investors need stable, long-term policy support, three of the Bay Area’s leading energy journalists told a Climate One audience on February 3. The panel also warned consumers to brace themselves for higher energy prices, predicting that California drivers could be paying $5 per gallon for gas as early as this summer.
The night before an election that would decide the fate of California’s landmark climate change law, a panel of energy experts convened by Climate One debated whether AB 32 would catalyze or cripple the state’s economy. The measure before voters, Proposition 23, would suspend AB 32 until California achieves four consecutive quarters of unemployment below 5.5%.