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Smarter Together: Integrating Electric Vehicles, Buildings, and the Grid

September 24, 2018
NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities with a focus on smart mobility and smart buildings, homes, and infrastructure. When we think...
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Unleashing Hydropower

August 20, 2018
Several years ago, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a report on the energy potential of the thousands of non-powered dams in the US. With a significant number of untapped...
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Fugitive Emissions and the Future of Gas

July 16, 2018
It’s hard to overstate the growing importance of natural gas in the global energy marketplace, and the scale and mood of June’s World Gas Conference in Washington DC bore witness...
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From 6% to 90% — The New Offshore Drilling Plan

June 4, 2018
In January, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” as part of the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposal Program (DPP)....
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EFI and NASEO Release 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

May 21, 2018
On May 16th, The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) released the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). The USEER offers data...
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Accelerating the Growth of Solar and Wind with Biofuels

May 14, 2018
[caption id="attachment_31744" align="alignleft" width="300"] USDA Photo[/caption] Electricity generated from solar and wind has grown rapidly in the past few decades. However, its continued growth is imperiled by the high costs of...
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What Cybersecurity Means for The Grid

May 7, 2018
Cybersecurity threats to the electric grid are no longer hypothetical.  While attacks impacting grid operations have only been reported in Ukraine, DHS recently identified intrusions into the U.S. grid. Fortunately,...
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A Reliable Grid Relies on Coal

April 12, 2018
It is critical that we ensure our nation enjoys a reliable and resilient grid, and that consumers continue to have access to affordable and reliable electricity. But today, coal-fired power...
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Are We Losing the “War” Against Climate Change?

March 27, 2018
[caption id="attachment_31381" align="alignleft" width="300"] Depiction of Global Average Temperatures by NASA Jet Propulsion Lab[/caption] The UN has stated that the World must urgently act to cut a further 25% from predicted...
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Subsidies for Electric Vehicles Favor the Wealthy

March 12, 2018
Electric vehicles are heavily subsidized by the federal, state, and local governments. Based on a study I just completed, the federal subsidies are worth over $42.7 billion to their recipients...
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