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June 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Three Mile Island: The End of an Era?

by: Dr. Andrew C. Kadak
President
Kadak Associates, Inc.
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12

If climate change is considered a real concern by most government officials, why are policy makers and politicians not acting to keep reliably operational nuclear plants from being prematurely shutdown? As most know, nuclear generating plants produce essentially zero carbon dioxide and other climate altering gases. Once the United States had 104 operating nuclear plants producing over 60% of the nation’s clean energy. Today that number is down to 99. Nuclear plants used to generate about 20% of the electricity consumed. Today it is about 17% and declining.

The most recently announced shutdown was the Three Mile Island Unit 1 …

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June 13, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Trump Budget Breakdown: The Clean Energy Economy and American Innovation

by: Bryce Golden-Chen
Project Manager, EDF+Business
Environmental Defense Fund
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7

Photo source: U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

The Trump administration recently released its full federal budget proposal, which could slash funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and related offices and programs. EERE has been at the forefront of supporting successful public-private partnerships and innovative, clean energy entrepreneurs. Funding that nurtures new businesses without requiring their owners to give up any stake in their companies can be make-or-break for the early-stage startups that drive innovation. When government, well-positioned to make this kind of unique investment, puts forth taxpayer dollars, it encourages the private sector …

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June 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM

A Solar Trade War

by: Elias Hinckley
Partner
KL Gates
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2

Last month the International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to proceed with a trade case filed by the bankrupt solar manufacturing American company Suniva. Suniva has claimed that the current import price for certain photovoltaic solar panels is so low that it was damaging the US manufacturing industry and the only way to protect US manufacturers would be to levy a tariff on panel imports – the result would be to more than double the price of solar panels to $0.78/watt.

In order to prove its case, Suniva needs to show that the solar manufacturing industry in the US …

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May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

What are the Implications of Exiting Paris?

by: OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
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5

President Trump is expected to make a decision after the impending G7 summit regarding whether the U.S. will remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement. For weeks, the President has been formerly considering whether America should withdraw from the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 and ratified by his predecessor, President Obama, last year. Under the Agreement, the U.S. committed to an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Once in effect, terms of the Agreement state a party cannot withdraw for at least 3 years and must wait an …

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May 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Opportunities for Carbon Capture in California

by: Fatima Maria Ahmad
Solutions Fellow
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
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21

California has demonstrated leadership in setting ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by setting a target to reduce emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
While California is reducing emissions and expanding clean energy through many means, including a cap-and-trade program, the state appears to be underestimating the effectiveness and readiness of carbon capture technology and how it could help California reach its goal. In consensus comments on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) draft 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update, a diverse group of nonprofits (including C2ES); environmental groups; and oil, gas, and ethanol companies …

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