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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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Could Hydropower Flood America With New Power?

January 4, 2016
After the events of COP21, the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) goal to expand hydropower in America over the next few decades seems especially important. The existing hydro fleet was constructed...
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Should We Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a Revenue Stream?

December 3, 2015
The U.S. currently maintains one of the world’s largest stockpiles of government owned oil, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In response to the 1970s oil embargo and supply shocks, the...
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Fueling Marine Shipping: The Potential of LNG?

November 9, 2015
There are over 90,000 cargo ships powered by oil-based fuels that, according to one study, account for 3-4% of worldwide emissions (including SOx, NOx, PM and CO2). In 2012, the...
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Solar in Low-Income Communities

November 2, 2015
In 2014, the U.S. residential solar industry installed 1,231 MW of capacity and installation costs fell 10 percent. While lower prices made onsite solar energy more affordable and accessible for...
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Climate Change Failure?

October 19, 2015
Attitudes towards climate change vary. Some have doubts, but even fish know better as they migrate north to cooler waters. Meanwhile advocates agree that human influence is clear, but they are...
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Protecting the U.S. Electric Power Grid from Attack

October 13, 2015
Industry experts recently testified before Congress that more needs to be done to protect the nation’s electric grid from natural disasters, cyberattacks, physical threats and planned sabotage. Recent news stories...
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Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan

October 5, 2015
It’s been two months since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final Rule for the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Even if you haven’t read all 1560 pages yet, you...
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Low Oil Prices: Opportunity or Barrier for U.S. Industry?

September 28, 2015
Crude oil prices have dominated headlines and industry attention over the past year. In 2014 and continuing in 2015, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to unconstrained...
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