The American Grid Revolution

Our latest JEI Working Paper (link to the full paper can be found at the end of the following Executive Summary) features Associate Editor Jordan Sabin on this rising investment opportunity and imperative.   Executive Summary The global climate is quickly changing as the atmosphere reacts to the trillions of tons of carbon dioxide released in the past two centuries. …

Audi’s Blue Crude: Lingering Questions

Mimi Reichenbach 5/7/15 Update from Germany: Carbon dioxide has become an alternative fuel source. On April 21, Audi announced that its partner Sunfire, a German energy-conversion technology developer, had successfully synthesized a batch of “blue crude.” The fuel is derived from carbon dioxide, water, and renewable energy, and can be used as (and mixed with) diesel fuel today. The production …

The Potential for Fusion Energy

Gabe Rissman March 21, 2015 The need for scalable, reliable power is growing with the need for urgent action to combat climate change and energy poverty. Fusion has long been considered the holy grail of energy generation because it is emission free and scalable, and may produce abundant fuel. Fusion has advantages over fission because it is meltdown-proof, less weaponizable …

Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities: “Yieldco” | The JEI

Mimi Reichenbach March 11, 2015 As seen with third-party solar financing, sometimes the most powerful advancements in renewable energy have nothing to do with new technology and everything to do with new financing.”Yieldcos” are the latest in financial innovations: publicly traded companies that are changing how future renewable energy projects are financed and expanding options available for renewable energy investors. …

Forget Charging Your EV, Charge Your Home

Associate Editor Mimi Reichenbach February 13, 2015 Tesla, Tesla, Tesla. For electric vehicle news, Elon Musk has been hogging the media. The model S Performance has a range of 253 miles, can go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and can be supercharged to provide a range of 170 miles within 30 minutes. The model X can seat seven …