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Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) Forecast Highlights…View Full Resource
The work described in this study was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, under Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. This study was prepared under DOE’s authority to encourage and facilitate the exchange of information among State and local governments with respect to energy conservation and energy efficiency, and provide technical assistance on such matters. This study was specifically prepared for the use and dissemination of the State and Local Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network, a DOE program that DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency facilitate, …View Full Resource
The rapid transition under way in the U.S. electricity generation sector was on blunt display in February when renewable generation (wind, utility-scale solar and hydropower) produced more electricity for the month than coal. This winter-month result was unprecedented but will likely occur with greater frequency in the months ahead.…View Full Resource
Fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards cover about half of all vehicles globally. The US regulatory agencies predicted that standards for 2012 through 2016, which improved fuel economy by 13 percent, would substantially increase social welfare, but their analysis was based on fuel price and technology assumptions that appear to have been overly optimistic, and they assumed the standards would not affect vehicle market shares and other vehicle attributes, such as horsepower. This paper provides the first comprehensive social welfare estimates of recent standards. We use a new equilibrium model that includes fixed and variable costs of raising fuel …View Full Resource
The recent oil price collapse is setting the stage for yet another steep decline in revenue and profit for the U.S. Oilfield Services (OFS) sector. As challenging as it will be for U.S. OFS companies to weather this storm, it represents just another blow to a sector already beleaguered by its and its customers’ inability to deliver adequate financial returns and longer-term demand uncertainty given climate change (decarbonization) concerns. All of these threaten to shrink and transform OFS in the years to come.…View Full Resource
For energy markets, the profound economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus have broken the arrangements of the OPEC+ oil exporters to limit production, as Russia and Saudi Arabia failed to agree on production caps. Oil prices plunged as producers ramped up output, made worse by the demand shock created by the spread of Covid-19 and resulting plunging global economic activity as countries have sought to cope with the widespread infection and mortality.
The global economic shocks and humanitarian crises have left US sanctions policy in a deeply uncomfortable spot. The United States has prioritized using sanctions as a means of …View Full Resource
This report focuses on national trends in the EPA’s enforcement efforts, including inspections, enforcement actions, and enforcement results.…View Full Resource
OurEnergyPolicy (OEP) hosted two discussions on policies around the emerging offshore wind market—first, an online discussion led by Laura Morton of the American Wind Energy Association with comments from energy professionals from across the country, and second, a live panel discussion in New York City as part of OEP’s Energy Leaders Luncheon Series. This summary features select excerpts and comments from both discussions.…View Full Resource
Fully decarbonizing global industry is essential to achieving climate stabilization, and reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050–2070 is necessary to limit global warming to 2 °C. This paper assembles and evaluates technical and policy interventions, both on the supply side and on the demand side. It identifies measures that, employed together, can achieve net zero industrial emissions in the required timeframe. Key supply-side technologies include energy efficiency (especially at the system level), carbon capture, electrification, and zero-carbon hydrogen as a heat source and chemical feedstock. There are also promising technologies specific to each of the three top-emitting industries: …View Full Resource
The relationship between human health and well-being, energy use and carbon emissions is a foremost concern in sustainable development. If past advances in well-being have been accomplished only through increases in energy use, there may be significant trade-offs between achieving universal human development and mitigating climate change. We test the explanatory power of economic, dietary and modern energy factors in accounting for past improvements in life expectancy, using a simple novel method, functional dynamic decomposition. We elucidate the paradox that a strong correlation between emissions and human development at one point in time does not imply that their dynamics are …View Full Resource