News - Jennifer Weiss

The $2 trillion American Jobs Plan announced by President Biden last week proposes putting the U.S. on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035. Jen Weiss, a senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute, spoke to Popular Science about what would be needed to get the entire country on board with transitions to clean energy systems and electric vehicles.

Kate Konschnik and Jennifer Weiss joined the Peak Demand podcast from UNC Charlotte's Energy Production and Infrastructure Center to discuss a new study of carbon-reduction policies to achieve the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan’s emissions targets for the power sector.

The Washington Post explored a variety of appropriations that President-elect Biden could tap to merge the need for stimulus spending with the need for climate action. Jennifer Weiss talked with the paper about the potential for green banks, including North Carolina's "clean energy fund."

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy and the Coalition for Green Capital hope to organize a nonprofit in the next several weeks to form the basis of a green bank to be called the North Carolina Clean Energy Fund, reports the Charlotte Business Journal.

A North Carolina Clean Energy Fund would support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by equitably investing in clean and efficient energy solutions for the state, according to a new market assessment from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC).

More than 20 million people in the United States lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19-imposed economic shutdowns, and less than half of those jobs have returned in the ensuing months. As a result, the pre-pandemic, pervasive struggle of low- and middle-income families to pay utility bills has been exacerbated by job losses and reductions in income, write Scott Bechler and Jennifer Weiss.

To realize the goals of North Carolina's Executive Order 80, Nicholas Institute experts are working in partnership with state agencies, environmental nonprofits, utility commissions, and other stakeholders to develop policies that aim to fund clean energy, enhance carbon storage opportunities on natural and working lands, and reduce power sector emissions.

Congress is debating another round of economic stimulus to provide a measure of emergency relief from shutdowns induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, but more help will likely be needed down the road for a full recovery. A proposed national green bank could put people back to work while building a sustainable future by creating jobs in clean energy infrastructure, clean transportation, and energy efficiency, writes Jennifer Weiss.

Congress is considering additional stimulus measures to address the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. A state green bank, funded by a National Climate Bank in a future stimulus package, could help put North Carolinians back to work building a clean energy future, write the Nicholas Institute's Jennifer Weiss and Coalition for Green Capital's Jeffrey Schub in Southeast Energy News.

The Coalition for Green Capital submitted comments to North Carolina’s draft Clean Energy Plan in support of the establishment of a North Carolina Clean Energy Fund, and announced a partnership with the Nicholas Institute to explore the creation and design of this institution around the Green Bank model.