Accelerating clean energy solutions that improve the economy, national security and the environment
Energy is a key pillar of our lives–it runs our cars, charges our computers and powers our factories. Globally, energy use is expected to increase 35 percent over the next 25 years, driven almost entirely by demand due to increases in electricity use and vehicle fleets. The growing need for energy around the world is likely to make it an ever more precious commodity–forcing up prices and increasing global instability. Additionally, the world’s energy sector is responsible for approximately 70 percent of global carbon emissions, the direct cause of climate change.
A business-as-usual approach to energy policy threatens global economic competitiveness, national security and the environment. We must fundamentally transform the manner in which we produce, distribute and consume energy if we are to reduce dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, enhance global competitiveness and decrease carbon emissions.
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When Chuck and Anne McMinn bought Vineyard 29 in St. Helena, California, in 2000, they wanted to produce a high-quality wine with minimal environmental impact. To help achieve this goal, they installed combined heat and power (CHP)—a system that efficiently provides 100 percent of their electricity and heat on-site, while reducing energy costs and protecting against blackouts. Read More
On Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a webinar to brief clean energy business leaders on the details of the Consolidated Tax and Spending Package, which was signed into law that same day (P.L. 114-113). Read More