Managing Energy Demand: Can We? Should We?

January 23, 2014
Energy efficiency has been a lightning rod in the debate about the cost of addressing climate change, because it is generally seen as a least-cost approach to mitigating greenhouse gas...
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What is the Economic Impact of the Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Boom?

January 14, 2014
The boom in oil and gas production in the United States has largely been heralded as a strong economic stimulus for the economy. For example, in an August 2013 interview,...
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“60 Minutes” Calls Cleantech a Bust

January 8, 2014
A recent "60 Minutes" segment essentially called the cleantech industry a failure, eliciting a flurry of criticisms defending the green technology sector. "Hoping to create innovation and jobs, [President Obama]...
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Examining Texas’ Regulated and Deregulated Electricity Prices

January 2, 2014
About 85% of Texas residents purchase their electricity in a deregulated, competitive market, while the electric rates in a few major metropolitan areas (Austin, San Antonio) are regulated by the...
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Should States Defer to Utility Companies or Initiate Their Own Mandatory Grid Reliability Upgrades?

December 12, 2013
At the December 6, 2013 Dupont Summit Conference of the Infragard EMP-SIG, presenters highlighted technologies and policy recommendations aimed at protecting the electric grid against potentially catastrophic events, such as...
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Should U.S. Energy Policy Aim For “Stability” Or “Leverage” In Global Energy Markets?

November 20, 2013
The United States is set to become the world’s number one producer of oil and gas combined. But since the oil crises of the 1970s, U.S. energy policy has been...
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Should The Renewable Fuel Standard Change With Fuel Demand?

October 30, 2013
A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal, co-signed by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), argues that growing renewable fuel obligations under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have come into...
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Should U.S. Climate Policy Focus More on Innovation?

October 23, 2013
Most clean energy advocates believe that the world has all the low-carbon technologies needed to effectively address climate change. In their view – what we describe as the Clean Energy...
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Do Fugitive Emissions Undermine Natural Gas?

October 11, 2013
It has been recently suggested that natural gas is a more climate friendly alternative to many fossil fuels, and a necessary “bridge” to a low carbon future. The main component...
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How Do Utilities Survive And Thrive With Distributed Generation?

September 30, 2013
With the recent growth of the distributed generation energy market and incentives for customers to produce their own energy and sell excess energy back to the grid, known as Net...
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