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Demand Response Can Save Billions

February 27, 2015
Generally, when electricity demand rises in an area, we just fire up some source like a gas plant or a coal plant, or put more water through a hydroelectric dam,...
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Will Crude by Rail Rules Work?

February 20, 2015
The rapid increase in U.S. oil production has had a number of impacts. One of these is that shipping of crude oil by rail has increased more than 400% since...
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Can We Find a Future for Coal?

February 12, 2015
Coal can't get much love. Cheap natural gas and a bevy of EPA regulations are conspiring to force old coal plants to close and pushing U.S. production down to less...
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The Challenges of Innovation in the Nuclear Power Industry

February 4, 2015
Today there are 100 nuclear plants operating in the United States, providing roughly 17% of our electricity.  They do so with water technology developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s and...
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Should We Raise the Gas Tax?

January 28, 2015
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, along with the Highway Revenue Act (1956) created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as a mechanism through which federal gasoline taxes would be used...
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Government as Innovator: Not so Fast

January 21, 2015
Jesse Jenkins (MIT) and Matthew Stepp (Center for Clean Energy Innovation) are among a number of policy analysts who have called for a “tax and invest” strategy to combat global...
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What is the State of Energy in the Union?

January 15, 2015
On Tuesday, January 20th 2015, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address (SOTU), and energy and climate will likely play a prominent role. In last years’ SOTU,...
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What Do Falling Oil Prices Mean for Policymakers?

January 8, 2015
Oil prices have declined sharply over the last six months, with the U.S. benchmark closing below $50/barrel on Jan. 6th, for the first time since 2009.  A number of factors...
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Did EPA Get it Right on Coal Ash?

December 31, 2014
On December 22, 2008, a disposal cell at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ruptured, releasing an estimated 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash in eastern Tennessee. Fly ash is...
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The Water-Energy Nexus: How Can Collaboration Lead to Greater Impact?

December 17, 2014
This prompt is the second in a series of discussions led by invited speakers at the upcoming 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy...
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