Clean Energy Transportation

Transportation accounts for 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of the nation's oil use. Our reports highlight transportation technologies that can reduce carbon emissions and oil dependence while creating U.S. manufacturing jobs. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, we analyzed the value chain for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and created an interactive online tool for linking high-quality BRT features to firms that provide them. In partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, Apollo Alliance, and CALSTART, we mapped out value chains and domestic employment opportunities linked to batteries for electric vehicles, rail vehicles, and hybrid trucks. Our U.S. smart grid report features innovations that save energy, incorporate renewables, and integrate electric vehicles into the grid.

Targeting Inclusive Development: A Value Chain Approach to Sewer Infrastructure Investment

imageThe purpose of this report is to investigate how six local governments investing in water infrastructure have successfully incorporated targeted businesses in capital improvements, while also identifying which segments of the value chain have the highest levels of opportunity for these businesses.
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The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina

imageThe report for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) describes a solar “value chain” of investors, solar developers, construction contractors and solar panel and component manufacturers comprising more than 450 companies. Together, these companies support some 4,300 jobs and represent a $2 billion investment. In addition to jobs, solar industry-related businesses provide income for landowners and tax revenue for N.C. towns, the report states. The economic impact of N.C.’s solar industry extends beyond its solar facilities, though.
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Infrastructure Investment Creates American Jobs

imageDuke CGGC researchers explored for the Alliance of America Manufacturing the current state of transportation infrastructure and the economic impact of additional investment in renewing infrastructure. They found that the U.S. ranks 16th overall in transportation infrastructure and that each dollar of investment returns 3.54 in economic activity, creating 21,671 jobs for each $1 billion invested in transportation infrastructure.
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US Coal and the Technology Innovation Frontier: What role does coal play in our energy future?

imageThe U.S. coal industry is coping with declining consumption as the nation burns less coal to generate electricity. The electric power sector drives coal demand and consumes over 90% of coal production. The coal industry is facing a number of challenges that include increasing production costs and competition from natural gas in the electric power market. The decreasing share of coal in power generation implies that the future of coal depends on technologies that change the way we manage and use coal such as carbon capture and utilization, coal gasification and coal liquefaction technologies.
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U.S. Bus Rapid Transit

imageAs more U.S. cities consider adopting Bus Rapid Transit, CGGC researchers offer a new online tool to help decision-makers understand the value chain. A new report, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, with interactive database analyzes the value chain of 390 firms that provide vehicles, technology, and services for high-quality BRT. Links below are provided to the final report, the interactive database, and proceedings of a working meeting convened by CGGC on March 8, 2012 with support from The Rockefeller Foundation.
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Smart Grid: Core Firms in the Research Triangle Region, NC

imageThe Research Triangle is a smart grid hotspot, with specialized R&D centers, supportive government policies, and roughly 60 core firms whose capabilities stretch across the entire value chain. Research for this report was funded by NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues faculty fellows program, and prepared for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.
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U.S. Smart Grid: Finding New Ways to Cut Carbon and Create Jobs

imageTurning the electric power system into an "energy internet" can reduce CO2 emissions, stimulate technology innovation, expand the use of renewable energy, and create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
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*Keywords: Bus rapid transit, BRT, value chain, funding, finance, planning, ITS, gold standard, off-board, platform-level, infrastructure, value capture, procurement, contractor, capital costs, real estate