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Fracking on Federal Lands

April 14, 2015
On March 20th, following a lengthy public review process, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell unveiled new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. According to the Department of Interior,...
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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Will it Work and Will it Be Upheld?

April 7, 2015
According to the EPA, its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) would lead to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030, compared to 2005 levels....
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Will State Policies Adjust to Attract Renewable Energy Investment?

March 31, 2015
In lieu of consistent energy policy at the federal level, businesses and power providers are increasingly looking to state legislatures for the right signals to invest in energy. The result?...
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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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