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Colstrip, Montana, is a small, isolated community that was established in the 1920s for the express purpose of mining coal. Later in the 20th century, the town became home to a large coal-fired power plant, which has since been the bedrock of the local economy. In 2020, however, two of the plant’s four units were retired, the future of the remaining two units is highly uncertain, and a history of groundwater contamination caused by coal ash poses additional challenges for future economic development. These issues, particularly the uncertainty over the plant’s future, have been exacerbated by the complex ownership structure …View Full Resource
Energy markets continued to evolve in 2020 as the global pandemic, presidential election, and growth of renewables all factored into energy prices. In our 2021 Energy Market Outlook, our experts explore the effects of these and other national and regional energy trends, including:
The potential effects of the Biden administration on energy markets
Planning for 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues
The near-term and long-term outlook for renewable energy
The report also includes regional analyses for California, Texas, the Midwest, New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic.…View Full Resource
This brief issues an update on the status of the Keystone XL pipeline.…View Full Resource
This report explains the role of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in environmental justice.…View Full Resource
The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has worked with partner organizations in Puerto Rico on electricity sector transformation since 2015. We have participated as expert witnesses in cases before the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, testified before the Puerto Rico Senate and U.S. Congress, and written numerous reports related to the long-term energy planning, contracting practices, and debt restructuring of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). We have worked with environmental, community, business and labor organizations in Puerto Rico.
Deep reform of Puerto Rico’s antiquated, expensive and fossil fuel-dependent electrical system has been needed since long before …View Full Resource
New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) requires an unprecedented transformation of the State’s electricity grid to achieve 70% renewable generation by 2030, zero-emission electricity by 2040, and an 85% economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. The CLCPA specifies minimum amounts of certain types of resources, including 6,000 MW of distributed solar resources by 2025, 3,000 MW of storage by 2030, and 9,000 MW of offshore wind (OSW) generation by 2035. Even greater quantities of various types of renewable generation are necessary to achieve the clean energy mandates for 2040 and 2050. Meeting …View Full Resource
This report examines how President Joe Biden’s picks for his “climate Cabinet” will bring state-level climate leadership to the federal government.
There are many reasons to be inspired by the nominees that President-elect Joe Biden has selected to lead his all-of-government mobilization against the climate crisis. The Cabinet is a diverse and incredibly accomplished group that looks like America. It is capable of fulfilling the mandate that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won decisively in November: to confront the climate crisis with a clean energy recovery that will create millions of good union jobs and build a just, equitable, …View Full Resource
Previous research has shown that policies targeting environmentally beneficial technologies such as renewable energy can drive innovation in the targeted technologies. However, there has been little research exploring whether such policies have the positive side effect of spurring innovation in complementary technologies. This report aims to fill this gap.
Using data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, we find evidence for such an impact. More stringent renewable policies are associated with increased innovation in complementary technologies, as measured by patents. The policies with the greatest impact include public research and development (R&D) spending and renewable energy …View Full Resource
Over the past 20 years, much of the progress in nuclear power technology has been in the field of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and, more recently, Micro Nuclear Reactors (MNRs). These differ significantly from legacy gigawatt-scale light water reactors that are still in use around the world. SMRs and MNRs are much smaller and could be considered for a variety of uses in Alaska. These potential uses include military and industrial combined heat and power applications powering portions of the Railbelt grid, as well as heat and power in rural communities.
This report provides Alaskans with a snapshot of the …View Full Resource
The start of a new Administration and a new Congress provides a vital opportunity to dramatically scale up the U.S. response to climate change. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions has worked closely with leading companies to assess policy options for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. Drawing on these discussions, this policy brief recommends a comprehensive set of policy priorities to drive climate innovation, reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, remedy inequities and—in many cases—support the post-pandemic economic recovery. Taken together, these steps would establish the essential foundations of an ambitious, just, durable, bipartisan climate policy putting the United States on …View Full Resource