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PG&E Bankruptcy Sparks Debate on Policy Implications

February 11, 2019
In January, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, declared and subsequently filed for bankruptcy as a result of incurring as much as $30 billion in potential liabilities from...
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The Clean Energy Puzzle Needs Nuclear

February 4, 2019
The threat of climate change has given the United States an opportunity to be a technological leader and set a global example of how to transition towards a clean energy...
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A Realistic Strategy For Climate Change

January 28, 2019
To tackle a topic as monumental and divisive as climate change, it will take a politically realistic and technologically inclusive agenda built on advancing clean power around the world. Last...
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U.S. Offshore Wind Will Be Bigger Than You Think

January 22, 2019
U.S. offshore wind project costs have fallen 75% since 2014, across contracts for 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of projects that will be built over the next five years. The 9 GW...
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Our Urgent Need for Energy Infrastructure

January 14, 2019
In the United States, public debates surrounding energy policy focus on generation, carbon emissions, and cost. But all is for naught if the infrastructure that carries power isn’t appropriate for...
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Looking Back and Pushing Ahead: Energy Policy in the New Year

December 31, 2018
From attempts to bail out coal and nuclear to a Green New Deal, 2018 was an interesting year for energy policy. With a newly divided Congress taking office in January,...
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Xcel Commits to Carbon-Free 2050

December 18, 2018
Minneapolis-based public utility Xcel Energy announced that it will be completely carbon-free by 2050. California’s SB100, which passed earlier this year, sets a similar goal for the state by 2045,...
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The Problem with Renewable Energy Subsidies

December 3, 2018
The Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal subsidy for renewable energy, is a $24-per-megawatt-hour credit based on energy production rather than demand. That means those who produce renewable energy can...
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After Two Defeats in Washington State, Where Next For A Carbon Tax?

November 26, 2018
Conservative and progressive policy wonks agree: a carbon tax is the most promising of all tools to fight climate change. Such a tax would spur investments in green energy and...
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Bioenergy is the Overlooked Giant of Decarbonization

November 13, 2018
In October, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reaffirmed the leading role that bioenergy continues to play in decarbonization. IEA Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Barol, pointedly stated, “Modern bioenergy is the...
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