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Safe disposal of radioactive waste (RW), including spent fuel, must take into consideration long timescales as implied by radioactive waste management (RWM). The NEA Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) supports NEA member countries in the development of safe, environmentally friendly, and economically efficient management of all types of radioactive waste. Stakeholder engagement is crucial throughout the development of long-term waste management solutions. Dialogue between all stakeholders at every stage of the RWM life cycle is necessary to build sustainable relationships and foster trust. In order to improve dialogue between regulators and implementers, the NEA RWMC established in March 2019 the …View Full Resource
This report from Hart Research and Breakthrough Energy surveys 1,600 registered voters in four proposed Direct Air Capture (DAC) hub regions and lays out the strategic findings. Among these takeaways is that residents of these hub regions view both clean energy sources and fossil fuels favorably. There is no also real value in talking about climate change as the impetus for the hubs, as most hub region residents do not consider it to be a big problem. Mentioning climate change does not hurt opinions of the hubs, but there are more compelling points to make within people’s limited attention spans. …View Full Resource
The Renewable Thermal Collaborative’s Electrification Action Plan lays out an ambitious, multi-year strategy to address barriers to electrification. It provides a vision for the priority market, policy, and community actions that will drive the RTC towards its goal of a 30% reduction in U.S. industrial thermal emissions by 2030 and full sector decarbonization by 2050. The action plan describes how accelerating electrification will require new federal and state policies as well as tactical tools, trainings, and convenings to support market development.…View Full Resource
While tens of millions of people work in formal energy jobs around the world, another group that comprises a massive and key labor segment in this sector is often overlooked: women and girls producing biomass to meet the basic energy needs of millions of poorer households across the developing world. Some 2 billion people rely on biomass for cooking (and some for heating), making those who gather it critical players in the global energy supply system. Women and girls in many developing countries constitute the majority of people collecting fuelwood for household consumption— an often strenuous and time-consuming effort— and …View Full Resource
In 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began the Energy Earthshots™ initiatives to accelerate breakthroughs of reliable clean energy solutions within the next 10 years. In 2022, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was asked by the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) to provide analysis for developing Energy Earthshot targets for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), human-made underground reservoirs that extract thermal energy from the earth for electricity generation and/or heating applications.
The Enhanced Geothermal Shot analysis is based on the technology assumptions in the 2019 GTO report GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat Beneath Our Feet. For Earthshot, they updated some of …
The United States (U.S.) National Cyber Strategy, released in March 2023, highlighted the growing threats and risks that American critical infrastructure faces in cyberspace. China and Russia have become more sophisticated in their attacks and likely possess the means to put the U.S. energy sector at risk.
At the same time, the U.S. energy sector is in flux. Increasingly, renewable energy represents a core component of the U.S. national and regional generation capacities. As the percentage of power generation from wind assets grows, and attacks on the energy sector rise in complexity and frequency, cybersecurity for wind energy technology becomes …
Industry undergirds the country’s economy, producing the chemicals, steel, cement, paper, and other essential goods that people and businesses use. The industrial sector is also a critical source of jobs in many small and medium-sized communities. At the same time, to reach national and global climate goals of net zero by midcentury, industrial emissions must decrease significantly in the near and medium term. The International Energy Agency recently estimated that global industrial emissions must decrease by 60 percent between 2022 and 2040 to meet midcentury decarbonization goals.
Looking at the United States, the US long-term strategy projects that emissions from …
Relying on economic theory, legal history, and policy analysis, this paper— published in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law— makes the case for FERC’s adoption of regional gas transmission planning. It begins by describing the status quo and articulating why FERC’s current process is economically inefficient. In doing so, it draws parallels between gas and electricity transmission planning and describes how FERC treats the two activities inconsistently. They then explain why, under two provisions of the Natural Gas Act, FERC possesses both the legal authority and obligation to require regional planning. Finally, they envision how FERC might conduct gas transmission …View Full Resource
Addressing the harmful effects of climate change requires an understanding of economic tradeoffs, the politics of policymaking, and the strategy of diplomacy. While early prescriptions for climate solutions focused on idealistic “optimal” policies and all-encompassing global treaties, a more nuanced and realistic vision for climate progress has emerged. As befits a “wicked problem,” a wide range of policies and insights from across scientific disciplines are needed to promote collective action, reduce emissions, and help the world achieve a more sustainable future.…View Full Resource
Over the last decades, air pollution emissions have decreased substantially; however, inequities in air pollution persist. We evaluate county-level racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in emissions changes from six air pollution source sectors (industry, energy, agriculture, commercial, residential, and on-road transportation) in the contiguous United States during the 40 years following the Clean Air Act (CAA) enactment (1970-2010). We calculate relative emission changes and examine the differential changes given county demographics using hierarchical nested models. The results show racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in the industry and energy generation source sectors. We also find that median family income is a driver of variation …View Full Resource