The Blue Dot Network is a fledgling effort by the U.S., Japan, and Australia to develop a globally accepted standard for certifying sustainable infrastructure projects. A U.S.-led program to invest in Blue Dot-certified projects could be an alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative for developing countries, while spurring China to live up to its promise of a "green" BRI, writes Liz Losos in an op-ed for The Hill.
A historic freeze in February left at least 40,000 people in Jackson, Miss., without running water for weeks, displaying the fragility of the city's water system after decades of outmigration, deferred maintenance, and declining federal support. Martin Doyle was among several national policy experts who spoke to Mississippi Today about how other American cities have navigated large-scale water funding shortages and how Jackson could move forward.
North Carolina has a history of adopting clean energy policies to proactively manage changes in the state's electricity system. A new generation of policies could once again help ensure the electricity system is cleaner, affordable, and reliable for decades to come, write UNC CE3's Jonas Monast and the Nicholas Institute's Kate Konschnik in a commentary for Southeast Energy News.
Beyond the recent blackouts in Texas, new technologies and a changing climate require changes to old grid models, write four participants in the RTOGov project for a Niskanen Center blog post.
An analysis of North Carolina's Clean Energy Plan conducted by the Nicholas Institute and UNC's Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics suggests a combination of "push" and "pull" policies may be the best way for the state to meet its carbon-reduction goals. Kate Konschnik told S&P Global Market Intelligence that the results indicate North Carolina has options, with many pathways appearing to be economically and technologically feasible.
In developing countries, reliable energy access for health facilities is essential to maintain cold storage for COVID-19 vaccines. Rob Fetter and Cyrus Sinai write for The Conversation about how solar power could provide a solution in sub-Saharan Africa.