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The Nuclear Investment Vacuum

May 19, 2015
The low cost and abundance of natural gas is rapidly causing utility companies to replace coal plants and aging nuclear power plants with gas-fired power plants. The widespread transition to...
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The Role of Innovation in Meeting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

May 12, 2015
The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, meant to reduce carbon by 30% by 2030, is expected to be accomplished through a combination of improving existing power plants, switching to cleaner...
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End the Crude Oil Export Ban

May 5, 2015
Some of America’s oldest allies are heavily reliant on unappealing sources of oil and our nation’s resource abundance places us in a position to render vital assistance. The International Energy Agency...
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What’s Next for the RFS?

April 29, 2015
In November, 2013, EPA announced a highly contentious proposal that lowered the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard targets below their 2013 levels. These targets apply to the amount of renewable fuels...
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Developing Water/Energy Policies for the Smart City of the Future

April 21, 2015
Around the country, a new conversation is emerging among municipal leaders and utility executives as they explore the energy/water nexus. While Senator Murkowski started the discussion at the federal level...
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Fracking on Federal Lands

April 14, 2015
On March 20th, following a lengthy public review process, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell unveiled new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. According to the Department of Interior,...
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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Will it Work and Will it Be Upheld?

April 7, 2015
According to the EPA, its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) would lead to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030, compared to 2005 levels....
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Will State Policies Adjust to Attract Renewable Energy Investment?

March 31, 2015
In lieu of consistent energy policy at the federal level, businesses and power providers are increasingly looking to state legislatures for the right signals to invest in energy. The result?...
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Time-Variant Pricing in NY’s REV

March 23, 2015
Throughout most of the country, residential electricity customers pay the same price for electricity regardless of when it is consumed. Such flat rates mask the fact that true system costs...
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Climate Engineering: Solution or Problem?

March 18, 2015
On February 10, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released two major new reports on climate engineering (or "geoengineering"). The reports set out to summarize the scientific basis for what...
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