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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Abundance or Scarcity? Re-examining U.S. Oil and Gas Policy

December 8, 2014
On December 3rd, 2014, OurEnergyPolicy.org hosted “Abundance or Scarcity? Re-examining U.S. Oil & Gas Policy,” a panel event at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC. The panel discussed how...
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Bipartisan Energy Policy: The Solution or the Problem?

December 3, 2014
As I explain in U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure, bipartisan compromise is possible and has led to policy change in the past. However, that change has almost always...
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Dynamic Distribution System: Transforming the Grid from the Distribution System Out

November 19, 2014
This prompt is the first 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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Growing Poor Slowly: Why We Must Have Renewable Energy

October 29, 2014
[caption id="attachment_18517" align="alignright" width="280"] Figure 1. GDP Per Capita versus Power Consumption Per Capita[/caption] Human well-being is a direct function of power consumed, or the rate at which work is done....
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Should Tesla (And Other Auto Manufacturers) Be Able To Sell Cars Directly To Consumers?

October 23, 2014
Tesla will not be able to sell their electric cars directly to consumers in Michigan after Governor Rick Snyder signed bipartisan legislation on October 21st that clarifies existing state auto...
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What Should Our Policymakers Focus On?

September 18, 2014
As midterm elections quickly approach, questions and predictions continue about which energy issues will garner the most attention over the next two years from Congress and other policymakers and influencers....
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