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Extreme Weather Grid Threats

November 13, 2017
According to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, humans are the dominant cause of global temperature rise, which many believe is directly responsible for the increased intensity of extreme weather events....
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Greater Resilience in a Climate-Enhanced World

November 6, 2017
Struck by fire and flood, first from two hurricanes enhanced by climate change, and then by heat and drought enhanced fires, our urge is to rapidly assist, fix and rebuild....
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Pricing Grid Resiliency: A Lifeline for Coal and Nuclear?

October 23, 2017
In late September, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Using §403, a little-used provision in...
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The ITC Ruling: Could the Cure Kill the Patient?

October 2, 2017
On September 22nd, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that low-cost, imported solar panels from China and other countries have hurt two “domestic” manufacturers: Chinese-owned Suniva and German-owned SolarWorld. Both...
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Getting the Price Right for Local Wind and Solar

September 25, 2017
A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed...
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Harvey Highlighted Vulnerability of Nation’s Fuel Infrastructure

September 11, 2017
[caption id="attachment_29715" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by PO1 Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard/UPI[/caption] In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the average price of a gallon of gasoline nationwide spiked by 25 cents, with...
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Policymaker Support Key to Offshore Wind Prospects in U.S.

September 5, 2017
Offshore wind is not yet easy to build in the United States. But the question is no longer if a boom will happen, industry stakeholders say, it is when and...
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Grid Passes Eclipse Test

August 23, 2017
This week, a total solar eclipse crossed the United States for the first time in nearly a century. The eclipse dimmed the sun for several hours, leaving utilities questioning the...
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The Future of Fossil Fuels: Trailing and Leading Indicators

August 14, 2017
In late July, Hunter Harrison, the CEO of CSX railway corporation, declared that his railroad, founded to haul coal, and still getting a fifth of its revenue from coal, would...
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What is Next for the Clean Power Plan?

August 7, 2017
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), the signature piece of environmental regulation from the Obama Administration, is now facing an uncertain future. Following President Trump’s request for a review of the...
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