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EFI and NASEO Release 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

May 21, 2018
On May 16th, The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) released the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). The USEER offers data...
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Accelerating the Growth of Solar and Wind with Biofuels

May 14, 2018
[caption id="attachment_31744" align="alignleft" width="300"] USDA Photo[/caption] Electricity generated from solar and wind has grown rapidly in the past few decades. However, its continued growth is imperiled by the high costs of...
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What Cybersecurity Means for The Grid

May 7, 2018
Cybersecurity threats to the electric grid are no longer hypothetical.  While attacks impacting grid operations have only been reported in Ukraine, DHS recently identified intrusions into the U.S. grid. Fortunately,...
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A Reliable Grid Relies on Coal

April 12, 2018
It is critical that we ensure our nation enjoys a reliable and resilient grid, and that consumers continue to have access to affordable and reliable electricity. But today, coal-fired power...
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Are We Losing the “War” Against Climate Change?

March 27, 2018
[caption id="attachment_31381" align="alignleft" width="300"] Depiction of Global Average Temperatures by NASA Jet Propulsion Lab[/caption] The UN has stated that the World must urgently act to cut a further 25% from predicted...
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Subsidies for Electric Vehicles Favor the Wealthy

March 12, 2018
Electric vehicles are heavily subsidized by the federal, state, and local governments. Based on a study I just completed, the federal subsidies are worth over $42.7 billion to their recipients...
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Low Income Energy Efficiency: Investments with High Returns

March 6, 2018
Energy efficiency is a critical clean energy resource supporting domestic and global efforts to achieve sustainability targets. Investments in energy efficiency also produce high economic returns, and these financial benefits...
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Automakers Shouldn’t Stop at Electrification

February 26, 2018
It seems like every week another major automaker announces it will “electrify” its vehicle lineup. In just the past few months, Mercedez-Benz, Ford, Audi, Maserati, GM, BMW, and more have...
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Can Small Modular Reactors Save Nuclear Power?

February 20, 2018
Given the slow and somewhat painful shutdowns of perfectly good operating nuclear plants due to competitive pressures from low priced natural gas and subsidized solar and wind generation, is there...
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Impact of Solar Tariffs

February 5, 2018
On January 22nd, President Trump approved a recommendation made by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to impose a tariff on imported solar cells and modules. The tariff is...
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