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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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Should Policymakers Reconsider the Role of Biomass?

May 2, 2016
The Senate recently passed the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012) cosponsored by Senators Murkowski and Cantwell. One aspect of the bill that is creating controversy revolves around provisions characterizing...
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State of the U.S. Solar Market: How Valuable are State Subsidies?

March 29, 2016
Solar power generation in the U.S. is on the rise with an added 7.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity in 2015. Demand for solar is projected to increase as...
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Can Additional Funding Boost ARPA-E’s Tolerance for Risk?

March 14, 2016
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) is responsible for funding transformational energy technologies that are too early in their development to attract private-sector investment....
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ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry

February 10, 2016
Today the aviation industry is responsible for about 2% of all GHG emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due...
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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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