Renewable Energy

Major Technology Disruptions Still ‘Badly Needed’ to Achieve Clean Power Transition

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Varun Sivaram speaks to VX News about the need for more continuous funding of low-carbon energy innovation to ensure that the cleanest possible products “unlock” incumbent technologies and proliferate.

SCE President Nichols Embraces Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Zero-Emission Transportation

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Ron Nichols

Southern California Edison President Ron Nichols on how the utility is approaching the opportunity of installing electric transportation infrastructure across California.

Steve Westly More Bullish Than Ever on Cleantech & Internet of Things

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Steve Westly

Steve Westly, former California State Controller and Chief Financial Officer, delivered remarks at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)’s GloSho’15 conference, drawing on his long experience in energy innovation to focus on the remarkable progress of renewable energy technology and commercialization. Here, VX News presents an edited transcript of his address. Westly comments on trends in the sustainability and cleantech markets, such as the dropping costs of renewables and the surge of Internet of Things technologies, offering his perspective on the forces driving these trends and how companies across industries can take advantage of them. Having traced the trajectory of technological and financial innovations aimed at sustainability, he concludes by divulging his predictions for the cleantech market’s future—a future, he argues, centered in California.

Bloomberg Champions the Private Sector’s Critical Role in Addressing Climate Change

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Michael Bloomberg

CEO of Bloomberg L.P. and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp during the 2015 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York last month. Reflecting on his career in business, philanthropy, and politics, Bloomberg emphasizes the private sector’s essential role in effecting greenhouse gas reductions. He comments on his current role at the United Nations, which has led him to consider the energy challenges facing countries like India and China. Finally, Bloomberg encourages environmentalists to “get tough” in the face of public-sector paralysis.