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Shaping the Future of Solar Power: Climate Change, Industrial Policy and Free Trade

Authors: Lawrence, Robert; Datla, Anjani
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2013

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The case provides an in-depth account of the complex and often competing agendas on climate change, industrial policy and free trade which fueled the politically charged trade battles between the U.S. and China. Against the backdrop of the global environmental challenge, the case includes details on the Obama administration's signature energy subsidy program and the factors that led to Solyndra's collapse.

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Natural Gas and Its Role in the New Energy Dynamics

Authors: Kennedy, Donald; Schifrin, Debra
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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"Natural Gas and Its Role in the New Energy Dynamics" presents a comprehensive look at new natural gas extraction technology (hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" and horizontal drilling), as well as the economic and climate effects of the recent dramatic increase in unconventional natural gas production and consumption. The question presented to students by the case is whether the executive director of a fictional environmental group should support the use of natural gas, and if so, under what conditions...

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Bill McKibben's Battle Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

Author: Greenfeld, Karl Taro
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
Publication Year: 2013

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McKibben believes that Americans have no choice but to end their consumption of cheap, carbon-producing fuels—immediately. So he’s waging an all-out campaign to prevent the biggest and most powerful fossil-fuel companies...

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Managing for Value at the Global Environment Fund

Authors: Meehan, William F.; Pfleiderer, Paul; Kennedy, Michael; McCoy, Debra
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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The Global Environment Fund (GEF) is a private equity fund focused on investments in environmental and energy solutions in both developed and developing markets. The fund is currently examining the strategy of one of its portfolio companies-NEOgás, a Latin American natural gas supplier-which is considering entering the Mexican distribution market...

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Richard Gagnon at Granston Energy Inc.

Author: Gandz, Jeffrey
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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A procurement officer has got himself into some difficulties by trying to do what he thinks was "the right thing" in being responsive and accommodating for an internal client. In doing so, he has violated a number of "unwritten" ethical expectations of his role. He is wondering what he could have done differently and, specifically, how to handle an upcoming conversation with his chief executive officer about his future with the company.

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First Solar: CFRA's Accounting Quality Concerns

Authors: Srinivasan, Suraj; Cornell, Ian McKown
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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The case relates to accounting quality analysis conducted by the leading research firm Center for Financial Research and Analysis (CFRA) on companies in the solar industry with a focus on First Solar Inc. The case places students in the shoes of CFRA analysts who need to assess First Solar's accounting quality and business prospects after the company releases its second quarter financial numbers in 2009.

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TED Talks: Video Collection

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Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: TED
Publication Year: 2013

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This video collection of TED Talks highlights social, environmental and ethical issues related to business and can be used as an introduction to this varied video library on fascinating ideas by remarkable people.

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Alphabet Energy: Thermoelectrics and Market Entry

Authors: Alexander, Beverly; Boscoe, Adam; Cabot, Mason; Dawsey, Philip; Barreau, Luc Emmanuel; Griffith, Russell
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2012

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Alphabet Energy was founded in 2009 with a new thermoelectric technology that had the potential to advance energy efficiency by recovering heat wasted in combustion and mechanical processes. By 2010, Alphabet was facing its biggest challenge yet-how to select its initial market.

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San Leon Energy: Hydraulic Fracturing in Poland

Authors: Rice, Condoleezza; Zegart, Amy; Myers, Astasia S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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San Leon Energy, an Irish energy firm, was committed to developing large unconventional shale gas reserves in Poland. To reach these reserves, San Leon needed to use a technique called hydraulic fracturing ("fracking”). The Polish government supported fracking…. Yet in 2011 and 2012, environmental protests worldwide grew, causing several countries, including Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Romania, and parts of Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to issue temporary fracking bans.

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d.light: Selling Solar to the Poor

Authors: Sorensen, Jesper; Kennedy, Michael; Jorasch, Gina
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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D.light is one of the leading manufacturers of solar powered lighting technology specifically designed for use by the world's poorest, bottom of the pyramid customers. Having sold over 7 million lights since 2007, the company has been relatively successful. However, sales to the very poorest customers have failed to reach penetration levels desired by management, and the company is currently struggling with an array of marketing techniques and strategies specifically targeting this historically difficult customer segment.

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