To help develop smart public policy around solar energy, many public utilities commissions, utilities and other organizations have conducted or sponsored “value-of-solar” studies that attempt to quantify the monetary value of the benefits delivered, and costs imposed, by the addition of solar energy to the electric grid. Many value-of-solar studies, however – especially those conducted by electric utilities – have left out key benefits of solar energy. To make decisions that serve the public interest, policymakers should account for the full value of solar energy, including societal benefits to the environment and public health.

For the release of The True Value of Solar, co-authors Gideon Weissman and Emma Searson were joined by Karl R. Rábago, Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, to discuss the report and its significance to ongoing policy debates. The new report makes the case that policymakers should account for all of solar energy's benefits - including benefits to the environment and public health - when making energy policy.

Gideon Weissman

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs argues that there are two kinds of people in the world: “foot people” and “car people”. As a "foot person" who managed to reach the age of 33 without ever having had a driver’s license, let alone a car, things took an unlikely turn when I moved to Los Angeles – one of the most unwalkable cities on the planet.

James Horrox

As Tropical Storm Barry bears down on the Louisiana coast, Environment America, U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group -- all part of the Public Interest Network -- are sharing information that will help your readers and viewers contextualize what's going on with regard to major environmental and health concerns.

Gideon Weissman

From Houston, Texas, to Portland, Oregon, to Harrisonburg, Virginia, news reports provided local perspective on the wasteful highway projects included in Highway Boondoggles 5.

How can communities build a successful composting program to reduce waste and curb emissions? Waste360 described recommendations from Frontier Group's June report, Composting in America.

Following the release of Debit Cards on Campus, Wells Fargo announced that it would eliminate some fees on its campus debit cards.

Policy Analyst R.J. Cross spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about how America's deepening auto debt is connected to public policies that encourage car dependence.

From Denver to San Antonio, reporters around the country explored the city rankings of Shining Cities 2019.

Analyst R.J. Cross spoke to Marketplace about the dangers of rising auto debt for consumers and the link to America's car-dependent transportation system.