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February 11, 2019 at 11:29 AM

PG&E Bankruptcy Sparks Debate on Policy Implications

by: Alex Gilbert
Cofounder
Spark Library
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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 transmission-caused wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The utility faces over 1,000 lawsuits and may be unable to completely handle its liabilities, possibly requiring significant state intervention. This raises critical questions about utility operations and business, and what policies are necessary to assess liability in an era of growing climate risks.

Liability for each fire is determined by California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention on a case-by-case basis. Under

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February 4, 2019 at 11:22 AM

The Clean Energy Puzzle Needs Nuclear

by: Lenka Kollar
Director of Strategy and External Relations
NuScale Power
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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 economy. As U.S. policymakers begin to consider policies like the Green New Deal, we encourage them not to overlook a key tool for reaching climate goals: nuclear energy.

Today, fossil fuels fulfill roughly two-thirds of our country’s energy needs, emitting carbon and harmful air pollutants. Although renewable energy is growing and new technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration are being tested, these trends alone won’t be enough to decarbonize

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January 28, 2019 at 2:19 PM

A Realistic Strategy For Climate Change

by: Darren Goode
Communications Director
ClearPath
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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 Congress, we saw bipartisan support on issues such as a key tax incentive for carbon capture, and a similar fix for advanced nuclear. Legislators found common ground as they focused on both climate benefits and economics.  

The reality is that any impractical and hasty move toward an all-renewable power strategy in the U.S. will not only be too partisan, but it will also fail to affect the

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January 22, 2019 at 12:10 PM

U.S. Offshore Wind Will Be Bigger Than You Think

by: Mike O'Boyle
Director Of Electricity Policy
Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC
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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 capacity target recently announced by Governor Cuomo in New York pushed U.S. targets to a combined 18 GW of offshore wind capacity in six Atlantic states. With all this momentum, did we vastly underestimate the potential contribution of offshore wind to our clean energy future?

Offshore wind power is following a similar, but faster learning curve to onshore wind and solar over the past decade. Since 2010, onshore wind’s levelized …

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January 14, 2019 at 10:40 AM

Our Urgent Need for Energy Infrastructure

by: James Conca
Senior Scientist
UFA Ventures, Inc.
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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 the changing energy mix or can’t keep up because it’s crumbling. With new technologies rising faster than sea level on a hot planet, the United States is in the midst of the biggest energy boom in 60 years. We have more natural gas, coal, and uranium than we need for several hundred years; new and better solar cells; new biofuel technologies to replace ethanol; and even more oil than we

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