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The State of Long-Duration Energy Storage

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 26, 2021 at 12:36 PM

Energy storage systems are already being sold around the world to utilities and to homeowners with rooftop solar. However, studies suggest that long-duration energy storage on the scale of days or even weeks, will be necessary to address the seasonal variation of expanded renewable generation. On February 24, OurEnergyPolicy held a webinar examining this issue and featured a panel of experts discussing the potential industry impact of various energy storage technologies, as well as relevant policies.  While “resource adequacy” is currently defined as four hours of storage by some, panelists suggested that the industry is moving towards eight-hour, multi-day, or… [more]

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Guiding Principles for Sound Energy Policy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 12, 2021 at 1:17 PM

As part of OurEnergyPolicy (OEP)’s initiative to formulate a set of principles to guide the development of sound energy policy, OEP hosted a webinar featuring legislators and energy leaders offering their views and expertise on the subject. With ideas from the webinar, this online discussion, and stakeholder engagement, OEP plans to release a document that can help guide policy creation at the federal, state, and local levels.    In her opening remarks, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) listed five principles that she encourages members of Congress and stakeholders to keep in mind: Focus on the future, but make sure your goal… [more]

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Public-Private Partnerships and The Energy Transition

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 19, 2021 at 9:54 AM

Industry leaders acknowledge that meeting decarbonization goals will require the use of every tool at their disposal. This will require government to work closely with the private sector to develop effective solutions. These public-private partnerships, such as the Energy Future Collaboration Partnership between the city of Denver and Xcel Energy, will be essential if ambitious objectives at the state and local levels are to be achieved.  On January 13, OurEnergyPolicy hosted a webinar led by Susanne DesRoches (NYC Office of Resiliency and NYC Office of Sustainability) that examined the importance and potential of public-private partnerships to advance and support the… [more]

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Expectations for Energy in 2021

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: December 18, 2020 at 12:57 PM

As 2020 comes to a close, the energy sector is readying itself for the possibilities, challenges, and uncertainties of the coming year. In 2021, the United States will see the start of a new presidential administration, newly elected members of Congress, and the continuing deployment of the new COVID-19 vaccines. New federal policy goals and our adaptation to the evolving pandemic may continue to affect how we work, live, and use energy in 2021. On December 16, OurEnergyPolicy hosted a webinar to consider what we might expect for energy in 2021. The featured speakers—Melanie Kenderdine (Energy Futures Initiative) and Jeffrey… [more]

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Energy Justice

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: November 2, 2020 at 12:07 PM

Energy justice was the topic of OurEnergyPolicy’s October 28, 2020, webinar—focusing on energy affordability for low-income and marginalized communities. One in three American households faces some sort of energy insecurity, such as a challenge affording their energy bills or trouble keeping their home a healthy temperature. Michael Dorsey (Co-Founding Partner, IberSun Solar), Tony Reames (Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and director of the Urban Energy Justice Lab), and Devra Wang (Program Director at the Heising-Simons Foundation)—with moderator Dan Kammen (Professor, UC Berkeley)—discussed these challenges and potential solutions. Pandemic-specific solutions for energy insecure households could include… [more]

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Decarbonization and Reliability

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 6, 2020 at 11:33 AM

Much effort is being devoted to decarbonizing the energy sector quickly, efficiently, and economically—while still being able to provide affordable and reliable energy. In OurEnergyPolicy’s September 30, 2020, webinar, Paula Gold-Williams (President and CEO of CPS Energy) and Gil Quiniones (President and CEO of the New York Power Authority [NYPA]), gave their perspectives, as heads of two of the largest utilities in the country, on driving decarbonization while not undermining reliability. Both CPS Energy and NYPA are striving to meet the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, an objective that is in line with various existing and potential climate… [more]

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Climate Perspectives and The Future of Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: September 8, 2020 at 10:44 AM

On Sept 2, 2020, OurEnergyPolicy hosted a webinar with Michael Shellenberger, founder and President of Environmental Progress, about his book Apocalypse Never and his views on how the energy sector can best meet modern challenges. Shellenberger, a long-time environmental activist, said he wrote his book because he was concerned that the conversation about climate change and the environment has become exaggerated and inaccurate. In his view, climate change is a real problem that should, and is being addressed. However, exaggerating its severity leads to negative outcomes, such as people opposing the best and most obvious solutions and imposing restrictions on… [more]

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Free Market Clean Energy Proposals for the Stimulus and Beyond

Author(s): Rod Richardson
Clean Capitalist Leadership Council
Co-Founder
Date: August 7, 2020 at 3:05 PM

For decades, clean energy advocates have argued for policies that specifically boost clean energy and arguably benefit the economy. But things have changed. Basic free-market policies that benefit the entire economy will now especially benefit clean energy and efficiency. Since clean technologies are cost-competitive, a level-playing-field accelerant will grow the market share of clean energy more than it would for fossil fuels and will grow it more quickly than conventional subsidies. For instance, Wayne Winegarden and I have proposed CoVictory Bonds & Loans (CVBLs—private, tax-exempt debt) as a COVID recession recovery policy that would boost and be very useful for… [more]

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Electrification Nation: Buildings and Energy

Author(s): Ralph DiNola
CEO
New Buildings Institute
Date: July 15, 2020 at 4:52 PM

Residential and commercial buildings are responsible for almost 40% of total carbon emissions in the United States. Policymakers with a focus on climate action are taking notice; they are advancing both policies that reduce emissions from the built environment and that favor electric technologies.  Momentum to “electrify everything” has taken hold as states and cities like California and Seattle introduce policies to enable beneficial electrification by fuel switching (see chart below). Electrification can help reduce emissions from buildings as we “green” the grid. American member states and jurisdictions of the International Code Council have signaled support for this movement nationally… [more]

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Are We Energy Independent?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: July 6, 2020 at 9:42 AM

Energy independence has been a goal of the United States since the oil crisis of the 1970s. And while 2019 saw record domestic oil production, the United States was still a net importer of oil with net imports totaling $192 billion. In an OurEnergyPolicy webinar on June 24, 2020, Yossie Hollander—Co-Founder and Chairman of The Fuel Freedom Foundation—discussed energy independence and current efforts to achieve it. He explained how in today’s interconnected world,  reducing U.S. dependence on global oil prices requires more than just increasing domestic oil production. To make energy (oil) independence a reality, we need a broader approach… [more]

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