OurEnergyPolicy in 2021: A Review

In 2021, we achieved the following milestones:

  • Provided 20 webinars on topics such as hydrogen, energy storage, and electric vehicles with speakers such as Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Tina Smith, and Representative Garret Graves for an energy community of over 6,300 registrants.
  • Hosted 3 roundtables with 21 experts on guiding principles for sound energy policy and building electrification.
  • Added over 1,200 resources to the OurEnergyLibrary that has become the preeminent online energy policy library
  • Published 12 Expert Insights on topics such as the just transition for coal communities, federal clean energy standards, and nuclear waste.

We cannot wait to show you what we have in store for 2022, but in the meantime, please find a review of some of our 2021 highlights.


 

Featured 2021 Webinars

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May 19, 2021

 

Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas

On November 8th, we hosted our only live event of 2021, which featured a conversation with Paula Glover, President of the Alliance to Save Energy. Co-hosted by Energy Dialogues, the event examined the role of natural gas in driving residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation efficiency.

 

Most Viewed Publications from the OurEnergyLibrary

Net-Zero America Final Report
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October 29, 2021
Princeton University, Andlinger Center For Energy and Environment, High Meadows Environmental Institute, Carbon Mitigation Initiative
The Role of Natural Gas in Decarbonizing the U.S. Energy and Industrial Economy
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July 2, 2021
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector
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May 18, 2021
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Supporting the Nation’s Coal Workers and Communities in a Changing Energy Landscape
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May 4, 2021
Union of Concerned Scientists, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
Initial Report on the New York Power Grid Study
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January 19, 2021
The Brattle Group, Pterra Consulting, New York Department of Public Service Staff, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Staff,
Why Fee and Dividend Will Reduce Emissions Faster Than Other Carbon Pricing Policy Options
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November 1, 2019
Response to the Request for Information from the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

 

Expert Insights from 2021

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By: Mike Shatzkin & Dietmar Detering
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By: Sean O'Leary
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By: Scott Sklar
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By: Dr. Anna Broughel & Dr. Dawud Ansari
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OurEnergyPolicy and 2021's Major Energy News

 
Resiliency & Reliability
The power sector experienced several instances of severe weather this year, further displaying the challenge of strengthening resiliency and reliability amidst more frequent and severe weather events. In February, Texas felt one of its most intense winter storms that caused millions of Texans to lose power, some for many days. The cold weather weakened energy infrastructure at coal, natural gas, nuclear, and wind facilities. Increasing resiliency is paramount, so energy systems can withstand future extreme weather events.
Relevant Expert Insights

Texas’ Freeze, Energy Foresight, and Preparedness
By: Dr. Anna Broughel & Dr. Dawud Ansari

Extreme Weather Events: Multi-Pathway Approaches Within Our Grasp
By: Scott Sklar

Infrastructure
November saw the signing of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). The legislation will invest $7.5 billion to build out a national network of electric vehicle chargers in the United States. It allocates funding to upgrade power infrastructure, by building thousands of miles of new,  transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewables and clean energy. It will fund new programs to support the development, demonstration, and deployment of cutting-edge clean energy technologies to accelerate our transition to a zero-emission economy. 
Infrastructure: Policy Outlook and Cybersecurity

 
Electric Vehicles
In August, President Biden set a target of 50% electric vehicle (EV) sale shares in the United States by 2030. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill includes $5 billion in state funding to create a nationwide network of 500,000 vehicle chargers. It also includes $1.5 billion for communities and corridors through a grant program that will support innovation and charger deployment.
Electrifying Transport: The State of Electric Vehicles

Offshore Wind
In March, the Biden administration articulated several steps to support rapid offshore wind deployment. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced a new priority Wind Energy Area in the New York Bight. The Departments of Interior, Energy, and Commerce also announced a shared goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.
Bringing Offshore Wind to Market