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Grid Reliability: What Congress Can Learn From New York’s REV Initiative

February 1, 2016
On a hot day in August 2003, a stretched transmission line tripped after dipping into an overgrown tree in Ohio. Soon after, multiple transmission lines nearby also tripped beginning what...
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Solutions to Energy-Water Conflicts

January 13, 2016
Water and energy networks are inextricably linked. Energy production and electricity generation both require water. Conversely, treatment and distribution of water to consumers and wastewater collection and treatment depend on...
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Integrating Food, Energy and Water Systems to Beneficially Utilize Food Waste

January 12, 2016
Industry production systems underlying the Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) Nexus have traditionally treated pollution and waste as externalities that often end up in a landfill. Food waste is the...
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Could Hydropower Flood America With New Power?

January 4, 2016
After the events of COP21, the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) goal to expand hydropower in America over the next few decades seems especially important. The existing hydro fleet was constructed...
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U.S. – China Energy Cooperation: Risks, Opportunities and Solutions

December 14, 2015
At a recent event hosted by the Hudson Institute, energy professionals gathered to discuss energy issues affecting both the United States and China, with significant discussion centering on how low...
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Should We Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a Revenue Stream?

December 3, 2015
The U.S. currently maintains one of the world’s largest stockpiles of government owned oil, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In response to the 1970s oil embargo and supply shocks, the...
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Coordinating State and Federal Energy Policy in Support of Nuclear

November 16, 2015
There is an inconvenient and uncomfortable truth that nuclear energy is a significant non-CO2 source of electrical power in the U.S. Despite the dramatic expansion of solar and wind, these...
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Fueling Marine Shipping: The Potential of LNG?

November 9, 2015
There are over 90,000 cargo ships powered by oil-based fuels that, according to one study, account for 3-4% of worldwide emissions (including SOx, NOx, PM and CO2). In 2012, the...
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Solar in Low-Income Communities

November 2, 2015
In 2014, the U.S. residential solar industry installed 1,231 MW of capacity and installation costs fell 10 percent. While lower prices made onsite solar energy more affordable and accessible for...
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Do We Have the Talent to Manage America’s Energy Needs?

October 26, 2015
Our inability to provide enough skilled labor presents real and serious challenges to our ability to meet America’s energy demands over the coming decades. In recent years there has been a...
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