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Jun 22, 2015 by Jeff Ball

Jeff Ball discusses Saudi Arabia's preparations to build a commercial-scale solar panel factory and make possibly one of the world's largest investments in solar power. 

Jun 30, 2015 by Michael Wara

STC Faculty Fellow Michael Wara argues that issues not resolved by the case Michigan v. EPA could have been a big problem for future regulations on climate change at EPA.

Feb 03, 2015 by Jeffrey Ball

Scholar-in-residence Jeffrey Ball discusses a political solution to a looming environmental crisis.


Nov 15, 2014 by Jonathan Koomey
Research Fellow Jonathan Koomey pens an op-ed on acting on climate change for McClatchy‐Tribune News Service (MCT).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its Fifth Assessment Report,
summarizing the state of climate science and solutions. The report reinforces previous...
Nov 04, 2014 by Jeffrey Ball

By Jeffrey Ball

All politics is local,” Tip O’Neill, the legendary Capitol Hill pol, used to say. He wasn’t talking about the politics of climate change, but he might as well have been. Powerful governments around the world have failed to act in a significant way to...
Nov 10, 2014 by Stephen Comello & Stefan Reichelstein


Stephen Comello & Stefan Reichelstein


We analyze a policy proposal for regulating the next generation of stationary power...

Oct 22, 2014 by Jeff Ball
In a New Republic piece, Jeff Ball, Steyer-Taylor Center scholar-in-residence, discusses whether car buyers will continue the trend toward fuel efficient cars during periods of high gas prices and gas guzzlers during low gas prices. 
In the 1970s, years of high oil prices forced the United States to get more strategic...
Oct 21, 2014 by Gireesh Shrimali
This article is adapted from the following, with the author’s permission: Nelson (2014), Roadmap to a Low Carbon Electricity System in the U.S. and Europe.
For more than a century, reliable electricity has underpinned the modern economy. In the 21st century, the electricity system will be even more important...
Oct 15, 2014 by Alicia Seiger

As the effects of climate change become more evident, investors are waking up to the economic risks of climate change and factoring those risks, and opportunities, into their investment decisions. In a post for the SSIR blog, Alicia Seiger, deputy director of the Steyer-Taylor Center, discusses a...

Sep 11, 2014

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, led by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Shultz, analyzes and makes specific recommendations regarding 12 policies that states are using today to encourage energy efficiency and...