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Time-Variant Pricing in NY’s REV

March 23, 2015
Throughout most of the country, residential electricity customers pay the same price for electricity regardless of when it is consumed. Such flat rates mask the fact that true system costs...
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What’s the Most Likely Outcome of the Keystone XL Saga?

March 4, 2015
On February 24th, President Obama vetoed legislation that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline as it “conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration...
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Will Crude by Rail Rules Work?

February 20, 2015
The rapid increase in U.S. oil production has had a number of impacts. One of these is that shipping of crude oil by rail has increased more than 400% since...
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Can We Find a Future for Coal?

February 12, 2015
Coal can't get much love. Cheap natural gas and a bevy of EPA regulations are conspiring to force old coal plants to close and pushing U.S. production down to less...
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The Challenges of Innovation in the Nuclear Power Industry

February 4, 2015
Today there are 100 nuclear plants operating in the United States, providing roughly 17% of our electricity.  They do so with water technology developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s and...
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Should We Raise the Gas Tax?

January 28, 2015
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, along with the Highway Revenue Act (1956) created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as a mechanism through which federal gasoline taxes would be used...
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What is the State of Energy in the Union?

January 15, 2015
On Tuesday, January 20th 2015, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address (SOTU), and energy and climate will likely play a prominent role. In last years’ SOTU,...
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Did EPA Get it Right on Coal Ash?

December 31, 2014
On December 22, 2008, a disposal cell at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ruptured, releasing an estimated 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash in eastern Tennessee. Fly ash is...
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California’s Solar Subsidies Have Little Impact On Adoption Trends

November 12, 2014
The rooftop solar market in the US, and especially in California, has experienced explosive growth in the last decade. At least in part this growth can be attributed to the...
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Is this the end of the line for wind and solar energy tax credits? Should it be?

November 7, 2014
The American wind energy industry has grown in spite of the “boom and bust” cycle of wind energy development fostered by the renewal-expiration-renewal cycle of the wind production tax credit...
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