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Ohio Regulators’ Controversial $600 Million for FirstEnergy

October 31, 2016
In a long-awaited decision, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved a $600 million electricity rate plan for Ohio utilities provider, FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy has been struggling financially since a...
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Is Utility Solar Better Than Residential Solar To Meet Renewable Goals?

October 24, 2016
[caption id="attachment_26792" align="alignright" width="300"] Long Island Solar FarmPhoto: Brookhaven National Lab[/caption] Twenty-nine states have renewable energy mandates. California’s mandate calls for 33% renewable energy by 2020 while New York State mandates...
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Arguments of the Clean Power Plan

October 3, 2016
Last week, the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) latest chapter unfolded before an en banc hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Petitioners argued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped...
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If Cities and States Could Cut CO2 Without Raising Energy Bills, Shouldn’t They?

August 8, 2016
City skylines have long been a symbol of innovation and prosperity. What you can’t see is that these same buildings are some of the largest energy consumers in the United...
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Replacing California Nuclear with Renewables

July 11, 2016
California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires 50% of utility retail sales derive from renewable sources by 2030. This includes ramping up efficiency, storage and renewable infrastructure, especially rooftop solar projects....
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Should the Pentagon Rethink its Energy Strategy?

July 5, 2016
According to the Pentagon, the military’s reliance on fossil fuels – and the vulnerabilities that accompany that reliance – could potentially pose a major national security issue. This potential threat...
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Put Energy Tax Preferences on a Level Playing Field

June 20, 2016
My legislation is based on a very simple idea. And that idea is that there ought to be a level playing field between fossil fuels and clean energy. Right now,...
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Expanding Energy Education to Prepare for the Renewable Energy Transition

June 6, 2016
Energy systems are in transition from predominantly centralized fossil-fuel and nuclear-based infrastructures to more efficient and heterogeneous renewable-based configurations that include a diversity of different kinds of decentralized, distributed energy....
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EPA’s Methane Rule

June 1, 2016
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released regulations designed to curb methane (CH4) emissions from new, modified and reconstructed oil and natural gas sources. As part of the Obama...
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Will Congress Reconcile Energy Bills Around Efficiency?

May 31, 2016
The Senate recently passed the bi-partisan Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012), co-authored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), by a vote of 85-12. In 2015, the House...
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