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The Road from Paris: Implications of COP21 for Fossil-Fuel Suppliers

August 22, 2016
If carried out as envisioned, the Paris Agreement on climate change signed in April 2016 will have enormous environmental and social effects. It will also shake the oil and gas...
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If Cities and States Could Cut CO2 Without Raising Energy Bills, Shouldn’t They?

August 8, 2016
City skylines have long been a symbol of innovation and prosperity. What you can’t see is that these same buildings are some of the largest energy consumers in the United...
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The NY REV: Utility Engagement with Low-Income Communities

August 3, 2016
On July 20th, the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the New York Governor’s office, organized a workshop focused on New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. A number...
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The NY REV: To Innovate, More R&D Spending By Utilities?

July 27, 2016
On July 20th, the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the New York Governor’s office, organized a workshop focused on New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. A number...
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Is Bioenergy with CCS Critical to the Paris Agreement?

July 18, 2016
The Paris Agreement establishes the objective of “[h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature...
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Replacing California Nuclear with Renewables

July 11, 2016
California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires 50% of utility retail sales derive from renewable sources by 2030. This includes ramping up efficiency, storage and renewable infrastructure, especially rooftop solar projects....
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Rediscovering the Energy-Economy Connection

June 23, 2016
The world has experienced profound changes recently regarding energy and the economy. Fossil fuels, while still abundant, are becoming more costly to develop as the most easily-accessible resources become depleted....
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Put Energy Tax Preferences on a Level Playing Field

June 20, 2016
My legislation is based on a very simple idea. And that idea is that there ought to be a level playing field between fossil fuels and clean energy. Right now,...
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EPA’s Methane Rule

June 1, 2016
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released regulations designed to curb methane (CH4) emissions from new, modified and reconstructed oil and natural gas sources. As part of the Obama...
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Will Congress Reconcile Energy Bills Around Efficiency?

May 31, 2016
The Senate recently passed the bi-partisan Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012), co-authored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), by a vote of 85-12. In 2015, the House...
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