Washington Post: “Wind and Solar Energy Are Booming in Surprising Places”
RFF Fellow Daniel Raimi shares insights about the Biden administration's definition of “energy communities” in a story about the distribution of clean energy projects in the United States.
Some experts say that the Biden administration’s definition of “energy communities” is too broad.
“Large portions of Nevada, Michigan and Arkansas are considered ‘energy communities’ despite the fact that very little fossil fuel extraction happens there,” Daniel Raimi, a fellow at the environmental nonprofit Resources for the Future, said in an email. “Many of these so-called ‘energy communities’ are not the ones that depend most heavily on fossil fuels for their economic well-being.”
On the Issues — Dec 8, 2023
On the Issues: Preserving Forests at COP28, Charging Electric Vehicles, and More
A biweekly newsletter connecting global current events, pressing climate and energy policy news, and economics research from RFF scholars. This week: preserving forests at COP28, charging electric vehicles, and more.
In Focus — Nov 28, 2023
In Focus: Native Nations and the Energy Transition
This video shares a brief overview of the economic dependence of some Native nations on fossil fuel production and the challenges of a transition to a clean energy system in the United States for these nations.
Common Resources — Nov 28, 2023
Native Nations in the Energy Transition
An ongoing research project explores energy development and production on Native American lands, along with the obstacles and paths to energy sovereignty for Native Nations.
Report — Nov 15, 2023
What Can Federal Place-Based Economic Policies Teach Us about the Energy Transition?
This report reviews the literature on the effectiveness of three major types of federally funded, place-based economic development programs: Empowerment Zones, Opportunity Zones, and the New Market Tax Credit.