Carbon Taxes

As in California and nine Northeast states, CHINA:  Market-based mechanisms are being used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China. The central government’s 12th Five-Year Plan called for emission trading programs. Since 2013, seven carbon trading pilots have been established, while other jurisdictions are creating voluntary programs or scaling up their efforts in expectation of the launch of a nationwide …

Invest in grid flexibility: “Today’s grid limitations are mostly practical and solvable,” but “there’s no longer any time to waste”

Today’s electrical grids are often burdened with an excess of inflexible baseload plants, operating under rules that encourage their continued use and within markets that fail to properly price flexibility. Transitioning from today’s grids to more nimble, responsive grids with high levels of variable renewable energy (VRE) will require new policies from lawmakers and new technologies from innovators.  In general, …

A Conservative Path Forward to Address Climate Change?

Last month, conservative North Carolina businessman Jay Faison launched a $175 million campaign to persuade Republicans to take climate change seriously. I didn’t think too much of it, but I recently came across the website for ClearPath, Faison’s nonprofit advocacy org, and it’s a really impressive piece of work — accessible but also deep, drawing on serious, nonpartisan sources like …