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November 4, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Critical Minerals: The Achilles Heel of America’s Clean Energy Future?

by: Morgan D. Bazilian
Director, Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy
Colorado School of Mines
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In 2017, the Trump administration issued Executive Order 13817, which states “The United States is heavily reliant on imports of certain mineral commodities that are vital to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. This dependency of the United States on foreign sources creates a strategic vulnerability…” Of the 35 critical minerals designated in a 2018 Department of Interior (DOI) report, the United States is 75-100% reliant on 24 of them. Many of these are essential inputs to clean energy technologies such as lithium-ion batteries, solar modules, and wind turbines.

We can expect that the tremendous growth and innovation …

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October 22, 2019 at 12:18 PM

Climate RFI: Decarbonizing Electricity with Standards,Taxes, and Transmission Lines

by: OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
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The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is requesting information around policies that Congress should adopt to solve the climate crisis and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Committee staff told us they would welcome feedback from OEP experts. Four specific questions from the committee’s request for information are outlined below. We will compile and send to the committee substantive comments posted to this discussion by November 11.

 

 

U.S. electricity generation from wind power is more than 7 times higher today than it was in 2017, and U.S. solar power generation is 100

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October 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A Framework for The Green Real Deal

by: Ernest J. Moniz
President and CEO
Energy Futures Initiative
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I recently unveiled the framework for a “Green Real Deal” on behalf of the Energy Futures Initiative at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Innovates conference in Washington, D.C. Building upon several months of analytical work, the Green Real Deal framework offers broad principles that are based on a commitment to realistic, actionable, and meaningful progress towards a low-carbon economy. 

The Green Real Deal must be a very pragmatic program data-driven, science-based, and analytically supported. Principles like innovation are at the core of the solution. A wise and just transition to a low-carbon economy, moving as fast as is technically

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September 3, 2019 at 11:42 AM

But First, Energy Efficiency

by: Sabrina Cowden
CEO
Milepost Consulting
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New and emerging innovations in renewable energy suggest the real possibility—probability even—of a future where everyone has access to abundant clean energy. While supporting these advancements is vital to a sustainable future, it is perhaps more crucial that our legislators create and codify solid energy efficiency standards that can reduce our carbon emissions. In 2018, roughly 69% of energy produced in the United States was lost, most often in the form of waste heat, such as exhaust from cars and furnaces. As we shift to new sources of power generation, policy work around minimizing energy waste will help to show …

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August 8, 2019 at 2:45 PM

The Need for Restructured Electricity Markets

by: Robert Dillon
Executive Director
Energy Choice Coalition
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The rapid evolution of the electricity sector in the United States can offer numerous benefits to consumers while also addressing society’s environmental concerns. The rise of independent energy suppliers and the advancement of information technology are transforming the way we generate and manage our electricity use, allowing consumers to access more affordable, diverse, efficient, and cleaner sources of energy.

More than a dozen states have restructured their electricity markets to some degree in order to give consumers, large and small, a greater say in the type of energy they use every day to power their homes and offices. Proper policy …

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