WRI Board member and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy Sue Tierney explains why April 16th was a remarkable (and remarkably dull) milestone in electric-industry history.
A growing number of companies want utilities to provide access to long-term, fixed price renewable energy. Utilities that deliver are able to retain large customers, attract new ones and drive economic growth.
The following table is a compilation of several green tariff proposals and offerings for commercial and industrial customers in regulated markets in the United States.
This list is regularly updated, but for complete and up-to-date details of each green tariff, see the appropriate docket...
This infographic helps decision-makers visualize electricity supply options (renewable vs. traditional) when adding clean energy to their electricity supply.
A new WRI fact sheet, Behind-the-Meter Solar PV: Understanding Cost Parity, aims to help decision-makers, policy experts, investors, and regulators make these comparisons accurately so they can understand where they can save money using solar PV.
Alex Doukas discusses outcomes of a financing clean energy access workshop in Africa, and how social entrepreneurs could be part of the clean power solution.
Green Tariff Design for Traditional Utilities
This paper describes what draws U.S. commercial and industrial customers to renewable energy, and explores how traditional utilities could build on their strengths to deliver affordable renewable energy to customers.
Strengthening India's Appliance Efficiency Standards and Labels through Greater Civil Society Involvement...
Residential use accounts for 14 percent of global energy consumption. Appliance standards alone could achieve 17 percent energy reductions in the residential sector. Although appliance efficiency standards and labeling programs (AES&L) aim to influence consumer behavior, consumers and civil...
Electricity production is central to climate change as it accounts for 20 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Too often, electricity decisions are made through closed processes with little scrutiny.
WRI’s Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) is a civil society partnership promoting better governance in the electricity sector. Transparent, accountable, and a participatory decision-making processes will, in time, produce better decisions. When Thailand was privatizing its power utility, a report by in-country partners using the WGI toolkit highlighted the lack of a strong regulatory body to balance the interests of the public against those of a private power utility. The Thai courts halted the privatization, referencing our analysis that the privatization did not prevent abuses of power.