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September 14, 2018

Renewable Energy
Why We Still Need Innovation in Successful Clean Energy Technologies

Today is my last day at CFR. I’m joining ReNew Power, India’s largest renewable energy firm, as their CTO. I’m excited for a new adventure but sad to leave the Council, which has given me support and…

Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village, in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, India, April 14, 2012.

July 30, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Blockchain and Energy: We Sifted Hype from Reality So You Don't Have To

This blog post is adapted from a new discussion paper from the Energy Security and Climate Change Program: “Applying Blockchain Technology to the Electric Power Sector.” 

Illustration of a smart city concept iStock/Getty Images

June 26, 2018

Renewable Energy
The Digital Revolution Is Transforming Energy—Whether It Slows Climate Change Is Up to Policymakers

This post is about a new book, “Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems,” edited by Varun Sivaram. It is available as a paperback or e-book on Amazon, a…

Wind power station and global communication concept.

May 14, 2018

Energy and Environment
Taming the Sun

Teaching Notes for Taming the Sun, written by CFR Fellow Varun Sivaram

Taming the Sun Teaching Notes

March 2, 2018

Renewable Energy
Why Solar Energy Needs Innovation to Reach Its Potential

Solar energy, the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, could one day supply most of the world’s energy needs. But in a new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and…

January 23, 2018

Renewable Energy
Trump's Solar Tariffs Create Far More Losers Than Winners

President Trump announced the first sweeping tariffs of his administration, enacting tariffs on solar panels and components from nearly every country in the world—but they create virtually no winners…

Solar Panel Tariffs

January 16, 2018

Renewable Energy
Clean Energy Might Reduce Global Warming, But What Will It Do to Geopolitics?

This post is co-written by Sagatom Saha, Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine and Visiting Fellow at the Dixi Group. Read Varun Sivaram and Sagatom Saha’s new book chapter, “The Geopolitical Implications of a…

Wind turbines stand above the plains north of Amarillo, Texas, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

October 10, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
No, Tax Breaks for U.S. Oil and Gas Companies Probably Don’t Materially Affect Climate Change

Last week, the journal Nature Energy published an article from scholars at the Stockholm Environment Institute arguing that the tax breaks given to oil companies by the U.S. government could lead to …

An oil rig drilling a well at sunrise near Midland, Texas. (REUTERS/Reuters Staff)

May 31, 2017

Energy and Environment
How to Save Mission Innovation

Today officials are reporting President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I’ve argued before that that would be an inexcusable foreign policy blunder…

President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at the EPA

September 5, 2018

Asia
An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built

This guest post is authored by Charles Zhang, a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Council on For…

Asia grid at night