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Just as National Clean Energy Week brings together partners and industries from across America, our advocacy and policy preferences are equally as diverse. The blog is meant to house content and commentary from many industries in an effort to advance clean energy goals on behalf of all Americans.

 

2018 Blog Posts

Front-running: Racing up the Innovation Curve with AI and High Performance Computing

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September

Front-running: Racing up the Innovation Curve with AI and High Performance Computing

As the grand disruption in the clean energy economy accelerates, let’s consider how artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC) will make the digital transformation dramatically different than previous transitions in power and energy markets. In Notes from the AI frontier: Modeling the impact of AI on the world economy, the McKinsey Global Institute attempts […]

Panelists Stress Need to Update Old Policies

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September

Panelists Stress Need to Update Old Policies

National Clean Energy Week highlights how policy makers with different perspectives can come together to support clean energy development. But what about the obstacles that haven’t been addressed? The NCEW 2018 Symposium’s second panel of the day, “Overcoming Regulatory Barriers to Advance Clean Energy” provided answers to that question.  Although the panelists recalled different experiences […]

Energy-Rich Great Plains States Stand Out During NCEW

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September

Energy-Rich Great Plains States Stand Out During NCEW

The power of the wind that regularly rolls across the Great Plains States has always been firmly entrenched in the American imagination, from the tornado in Wizard of Oz to the Dust Bowl ballads of Woody Guthrie. Now, that same power inspires our visions of energy independence and a clean energy future. It’s not surprising, then, […]

Jobs Panel Talks About Challenges and Opportunities

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September

Jobs Panel Talks About Challenges and Opportunities

The NCEW 2018 Symposium’s first expert panel, “Clean Energy Jobs: Growth and Projections,” set a decidedly optimistic tone for the day’s festivities. The panel was moderated by Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson. The panelists began simply by talking about the impressive jobs numbers in their respective industries, all of which are […]

It’s Clean Energy Week in Iowa

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September

It’s Clean Energy Week in Iowa

Office of the Governor of Iowa   Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday at Acterra Group in Marion declaring September 24-28, 2018, as Clean Energy Week in Iowa. Across Iowa, clean energy is powering more homes and businesses than ever before. Last year, Iowa ranked No. 1 in the nation for share of electricity provided by […]

New Englanders’ Support Diverse Energy Initiatives – Clean Energy Week

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September

New Englanders’ Support Diverse Energy Initiatives – Clean Energy Week

National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) is next week, and the amazing support behind this year’s initiative will surely boost clean energy awareness to new heights. New England’s governors have all set ambitious goals to drive a smarter energy sector, and committing letters of support to NCEW 2018 makes it clear that they aim to make […]

Capturing Oklahoma’s Pioneering Spirit During NCEW

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September

Capturing Oklahoma’s Pioneering Spirit During NCEW

  The National Research Consortium at Innovation Pointe Labs (NRC) is proud to partner with and recognize National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) in Oklahoma. NRC is a meta-research lab that develops and directs collaborative partnerships between universities, government entities, corporations and national laboratories to address the critical issues facing current and future generations. In recognition […]

High Enthusiasm for NCEW in the Mountain West Region

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September

High Enthusiasm for NCEW in the Mountain West Region

As we draw ever closer to National Clean Energy Week (NCEW) September 24-28, we want to begin recognizing those who are helping this celebration grow across the country.  Notably, the governors of a number of states have helped raise awareness by issuing proclamations and letters of support aligned with NCEW. Some of the most enthusiastic support […]

Animal Spirits in the Clean Energy Economy: Disruption, Plasticity and the Innovation Imperative

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September

Animal Spirits in the Clean Energy Economy: Disruption, Plasticity and the Innovation Imperative

  In last year’s article for National Clean Energy Week, I wrote about a next gen utility that develops new technology and data centric business models in response to the disruptions occurring across the power sector. This grand disruption has expanded to include investor types that pose imminent threats to the entrenched order in power […]

It’s a wrap: Looking back at #AmericanWindWeek

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August

It’s a wrap: Looking back at #AmericanWindWeek

Into the Wind By Elizabeth Haraburda Last week marked the second annual #AmericanWindWeek, and celebrations boomed both across the country and on social media. Wind farm and factory tours, groundbreakings, city and state proclamations, Wind Champion Awards, and more highlighted the ways U.S. wind power is creating new opportunities. The map below has a full […]

The Countdown is on for National Clean Energy Week

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August

The Countdown is on for National Clean Energy Week

Today marks just one month until the beginning of National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will convene with events in Washington, D.C., and across the country. This year’s NCEW will run from September 24th through September 28th. NCEW was conceived in 2017 with the goal of advancing support of our nation’s energy sector through new methods […]

2017 Blog Posts

Small Hydropower, Big Opportunity

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September

Small Hydropower, Big Opportunity

by Rich Powell and Justin Ong   The future of U.S. hydropower no longer looks like the Hoover Dam – but more like your bathroom sink. There are new proven ways of creating electricity from existing flows of water, be it pipes in municipal systems or an irrigation canal on a ranch. These systems harness the […]

Next Gen Utilities as Complex Adaptive Systems

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September

Next Gen Utilities as Complex Adaptive Systems

The rapid buildout of renewable energy technologies, applications and assets in the distributed generation space has created both existential threats and enormous transformative potential for utilities riding the current wave of technological advance and consumer demand. The accelerated activity in the knowledge, power, and transportation sectors requires a complex adaptive systems (cas) approach that can […]

Inaugural National Clean Energy Week Includes Biomass

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September

Inaugural National Clean Energy Week Includes Biomass

The first National Clean Energy Week, a forum striving to encourage support of the United States’ energy sector through technological innovation and policy change, is taking place the week of September 25-29. According to the organization’s website: Across America, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more than homes and businesses. Taken together, our capacity […]

Wyoming and Nevada Promote Importance Of National Clean Energy Week

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September

Wyoming and Nevada Promote Importance Of National Clean Energy Week

Wyoming and Nevada have issued proclamations recognizing September 25-29 as National Clean Energy Week. Each of these states recognizes the clean energy industry’s unique benefits to their local economies. Wyoming Governor Matthew Mead’s proclamation formally commits “to developing innovative solutions for clean and reliable forms of energy,” and, “supports an all-inclusive energy portfolio because affordable […]

NCEW Announces High-Profile Symposium Speakers

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September

NCEW Announces High-Profile Symposium Speakers

NCEW has announced an updated Symposium run of show following a slight of high-profile speaker confirmations. It’s comprised of a number of experienced elected leaders and energy industry advocates. The Symposium & Demonstration Fair serves as the centerpiece of NCEW’s week-long activity in Washington. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Senator Lindsey Graham, Congresswoman Cathy […]

Copper Makes Electric Cars Efficient and Eco-Friendly

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September

Copper Makes Electric Cars Efficient and Eco-Friendly

By Zolaikha Strong Director of Sustainable Energy for CDA Electric vehicles are not only great for the environment, they are a thrill to drive. As auto manufacturers like Tesla and BMW continue to innovate and improve the electric car experience, one constant continues to make these vehicles run proficiently and powerfully: copper. Copper makes up […]

REcharge Labs Organizes Webinars for National Clean Energy Week

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September

REcharge Labs Organizes Webinars for National Clean Energy Week

To the casual observer, these might appear to be tough times for renewable energy. There’s a lot of buzz from politicians and executives about doubling down on fossil fuels, cutting funding for alternative energy research and the like. We certainly understand why that kind of talk might be scary for folks who believe investing in […]

Idaho Embraces Importance of National Clean Energy Week

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September

Idaho Embraces Importance of National Clean Energy Week

The State of Idaho issued a proclamation recognizing September 25-29th as National Clean Energy Week. It’s only fitting that Idaho is known as the Gem State due to abundant mineral deposits and robust pursuit of clean energy production derived from natural resources. The proclamation from Governor Otter formally “encourages all municipalities and individuals to implement the […]

Energy Storage Association is Fighting to Ensure “Resilient, Sustainable, Efficient and Affordable Energy Grid” During NCEW

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September

Energy Storage Association is Fighting to Ensure “Resilient, Sustainable, Efficient and Affordable Energy Grid” During NCEW

The energy storage industry allows our nation’s energy supply to be used in an efficient and flexible manner. NCEW is thrilled to have the growing industry represented in our leadership. Upon joining NCEW’s Steering Committee, the CEO of the Energy Storage Association, Kelly Speakes-Backman, said, “Energy storage is a critical hub for the continued growth […]

American Gas Association Joins National Clean Energy Week!

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September

American Gas Association Joins National Clean Energy Week!

National Clean Energy Week is excited to announce that that the American Gas Association (AGA) has joined as the 13th member of our organizing Steering Committee. We’re excited to work with them to highlight their organization’s involvement in our events and advocacy. Upon news of the announcement, Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA, said, […]

It’s a wrap: Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek

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August

It’s a wrap: Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek

By Greg Alvarez, American Wind Energy Association. Thank you to the many people and organizations who helped make the first #AmericanWindWeek a resounding success! Across the country, thousands of supporters chimed in on social media and told us why they think wind energy is an American success story. On the ground, we had wind farm tours and open houses […]

National Clean Energy Week Welcomes Center for Liquefied Natural Gas To Steering Committee

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August

National Clean Energy Week Welcomes Center for Liquefied Natural Gas To Steering Committee

Today, National Clean Energy Week welcomed the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) as the eleventh member to its Steering Committee. Representing an affordable and versatile energy source, CLNG is a key player in promoting commonsense policies that develop reliable energy sources. CLNG will join other clean energy industry associations, businesses and non-profits during the […]

Inaugural National Clean Energy Week

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August

Inaugural National Clean Energy Week

The Inaugural National Clean Energy Week will run from September 25 through September 29. It will bring together Republicans and Democrats, private sector industries, elected leaders and research experts to advance 21st century solutions to America’s energy needs. Be sure to watch this space for new content updates as well as useful materials on how […]