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May 6, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Bipartisan Energy Storage Solutions

by: Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA)
Co-Chair, Advanced Energy Storage Caucus
U.S. Representative, State of California
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Americans are looking to leaders in Congress to take action on environmental causes and identify new and innovative solutions to address climate change. Part of that strategy must include the development and expansion of energy storage. Battery energy storage is the future of renewable energy, and cheap grid-scale storage means that renewables can compete with fossil fuels on cost alone. Advanced energy storage is also a technology that can improve the integrity and resilience of our energy infrastructure and grid.

We must explore battery energy storage and invest in it to improve America’s energy infrastructure and make our national grid

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April 29, 2019 at 10:33 AM

Hydropower – Time Tested and Ready for the New Energy Era

by: Scott Corwin
Executive Director
Northwest Public Power Association
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During an era of unprecedented change in the energy industry, hydropower offers a renewable and emission-free power source that boasts some unique attributes. Not only does hydropower provide reliable base-load generation, but it also has a high level of flexibility that enables storage and ramping capability. These qualities match well with the increasing need to balance intermittent renewable generation sources, such as wind and solar.

At just seven percent of total electricity generation in the U.S., hydropower already displaces about 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise come from thermal generation. It is efficient in its …

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April 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Principles for National Climate Action

by: Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Chair, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, U.S. House of Representatives
Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition
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Americans are living, and dying, in the path of unprecedented flooding, raging wildfires, and battering storms driven by Earth’s changing climate. Regardless of the origins of our predicament, we have inherited these conditions. It falls to us to set aside past disagreements and rise together to meet this challenge.

The principles outlined here, and in greater detail at Tonko.house.gov/climate, are meant to provide a framework that moves the lines of our agreement forward and help us build a comprehensive national climate action plan together. This is an appeal to everyone who takes solving the climate crisis seriously. As more …

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April 4, 2019 at 11:46 AM

Nuclear Power Safety Risks

by: Herschel Specter
President
Micro-Utilities, Inc.
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With the pressing need to find carbon-free sources of electricity to address climate change, some environmental groups that once opposed nuclear power now see it as essential. While policymakers have dismissed nuclear facilities for safety reasons, the new calculus is that the risk from nuclear power plants is far smaller than generally perceived. Policymakers who write-off nuclear as being too dangerous are doing a major disservice to the public by warding off a safe, effective carbon-free technology.

Severe nuclear accidents are rare and extremely unlikely to cause any near-term off-site radiation fatalities or radiation sicknesses. A review of four major

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March 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM

USE IT Act: Reducing Emissions Through Carbon Use Innovation, Not Regulation

by: Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
U.S. Senator, State of Wyoming
Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
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Congress needs to help make American energy as clean as we can, as fast as we can, without raising costs on consumers. That’s why I, along with a bipartisan group of Senators, introduced the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act, or simply, the USE IT Act. We held a Senate hearing on this bill several weeks ago.

The USE IT Act would encourage the commercial use of man-made carbon dioxide emissions and support the use of carbon capture technology, including direct air capture. The legislation also expedites permitting for carbon dioxide pipelines in order to move the carbon …

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