Simplifying the Energy Tax Code

February 3, 2014
As part of his efforts to comprehensively reform the tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a staff discussion draft on December 18, 2013 that proposed a...
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The Economic Impacts of Eliminating Coal from Our Energy Portfolio

January 16, 2014
Earlier this week, H.R. 3826, the "Electricity Security and Affordability Act," which I co-authored with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), advanced through the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, by a vote...
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Should the Crude Oil Export Ban Be Lifted?

December 19, 2013
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently acknowledged that it may be time to lift the ban on exporting crude oil, a comment that elicited a flurry of support and opposition toward...
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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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Our Nuclear Waste Disposal Problem

December 5, 2013
Since the development of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was terminated in 2011, no long-term plan for storing spent nuclear fuel accumulating at nuclear power plants has been developed....
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Clean, Reliable, Affordable….can energy policy deal with its own increasing demands?

November 12, 2013
With the exception of EPA rulemaking and stimulus, federal energy policy has been at a virtual standstill since EISA 2007. That makes state legislatures and regulators the focal point for...
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Why The EPA’s “Social Cost of Carbon” Fails

November 5, 2013
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is supposed to be "An estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide...
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Assessing the Impacts of EPA’s New Coal Power Plant Rules

September 24, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft rules on September 20th, to limit carbon emissions from new coal power plants. The proposed rules are part of President Obama’s broader...
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Confidential Data? EPA Proposes Revisions to Industry Emissions Reporting Requirements

September 13, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed amendments to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) requirements in an attempt to address industry concerns over revealing confidential business data. The GHGRP collects greenhouse...
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What Maine Did to Secure Its Electric Grid from Electromagnetic Pulse and Geomagnetic Disturbance

August 8, 2013
On June 11, 2013, the State of Maine passed the first legislation in the nation to protect the electric grid against electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and geomagnetic disturbance (GMD). EMP’s, such...
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