Path to Breakthrough in Financing Energy Efficiency?

July 4, 2012

This is a guest post by Milton Bevington, a UMass-Boston Lecturer affiliated with SERC, and who has been closely engaged with the Clinton Climate Initiative. He is also a member of the City of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee.
I recently released a study of innovation in energy efficiency project finance, the culmination of [...]

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Growing Clean Energy through Business Model Innovation

June 28, 2011

Boston-based Zipcar raised $174 million from its Initial Public Offering in April 2011. It already has operates in 14 big cities and 230 college campuses around the United States, Canada and the UK, and is planning to use the new capital for market expansion. Zipcar is not a high tech business, and its success is [...]

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The Green Skyscraper

October 9, 2010

This is a guest post by Joshua Rinaldi, a first year doctoral student in the McCormack School of Public Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Massive monolithic figures that cut across horizons, skyscrapers have been symbols of a city’s wealth, prosperity, and architectural ingenuity since their inception. Now, some skyscrapers are taking [...]

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Energy Efficiency Adventures

June 24, 2010

True stories of the hidden barriers to residential energy efficiency
“In essence, the rebate on the boiler (which I’ve already paid for via a surcharge on my electricity bill) is captured by the plumber”
by David L. Levy
This week the temperature hit 90F in Boston, and after appropriate procrastination, I finally started replacing the winter clip-on storm [...]

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The Green Treadmill

June 21, 2010

My colleague and retired MIT professor John Ehrenfeld writes a very thoughtful blog called Sustainability by Design (and he has a recent book with the same title). John and I share some similar interests in complex systems, consumer culture, and the limits of business sustainability – he makes the important point in his writing that [...]

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Marketing and Energy Efficiency in Mobile Telecoms

March 30, 2010

Potential exists for energy efficiency despite consumer disinterest
This is a guest contribution by my colleague Dr. Werner Kunz, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Professor Kunz recently collaborated with consultants A.T. Kearney in a survey-based study demonstrating little consumer interest but the potential for energy efficiency in the industry.
Marketing experts know [...]

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Smart grid faces implementation hurdles

March 11, 2010

Smart cities need smart buildings connected to a smart grid. The business opportunities associated with Demand Response, smart buildings, and smart grid have been gaining a lot of attention recently, with articles just last week in The Economist and Barron’s. Last summer a Cisco executive caused some ripples by forecasting that the convergence of IT [...]

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Cleantech’s Unsung Heroes

January 24, 2010

Some clean techsectors are overhyped, while others have unrecognized potential
by David L. Levy
When most people think about clean energy, solar and wind are the first things that spring to mind. Markets for these renewable energy sources have exhibited rapid growth of about 25-30% annually, and these sectors have attracted the lion’s share of venture capital [...]

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Climate Change and Clean Tech in Israel

January 12, 2010
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Israel is a small country of 7.5 million people with an oversized political and media footprint. It also has a growing carbon footprint problem on its current development path, as noted in the November 2009 McKinsey report on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential in Israel (the 5-page summary is in English, click here for full [...]

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McKinsey’s Expanding Free Lunch Program

December 8, 2009

By David L. Levy
The Financial Times reported some intriguing new McKinsey data this week on carbon mitigation costs across sectors and countries. The data indicate that there are substantial differences in costs, and predictably, that building efficiency, lighting, and HVAC are the low-hanging fruit available at negative cost. The implication is that US companies [...]

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