Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Proposal

December, 2011
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The economic and environmental need to transition to a low-carbon economy is now at the forefront of energy science, engineering, and policy discussions in the U.S. and internationally.  Former Vice President Gore has called for a 100% decarbonization over 10 years and California, Japan, and the UK are notable for a growing list of municipalities legislating 70% or more decarbonization goals over the next four to five decades.  Thus far much of the effort has been focused on technology and policy solutions, with very little attention given to how this change can be enabled through financing.

 

Dan Kammen: Time to Tackle Fossil Fuel Subsidies

November, 2011
Clean Edge, Guest Blog by Dan Kammen
It is sadly no secret that progress has been slow to vanishing on reaching a meaningful deal on climate protection, which many had hoped would emerge from the 2009 Climate Convention in Copenhagen, or the 2010 meeting in Cancun, Mexico. As we approach Durban and the 2011 version there is virtually no talk of a “global deal,” but there is some hopeful talk of significant public sector and private sector funding for meaningful action on specific topics, including energy access for all, and advancing the business environment for clean energy.

For example, there have been a series of business-led discussions and proposals on how to develop energy-efficiency master plans at all levels—company, municipality, and country. An exciting aspect has been the presence of so many innovative industry partners and governments that have not only developed, but started practicing important renewable energy and energy-efficiency solutions.

At the World Bank and in my role as a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, I have been in many exciting meetings where the “enabling environment” of clean energy versus fossil fuel costs comes to the forefront of the conversation.