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Why Biden Should Designate a Nuclear Waste Negotiator

Author(s): David M. Klaus
William J. Perry Fellow, Visiting Scholar
Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
Date: April 12, 2021 at 11:54 AM

President Joe Biden comes to office at a time when there is a window of opportunity for the United States to make real progress on the management and disposition of nuclear waste. The two key challenges that must be overcome are the siting of a long-term repository for spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors, and the management of the 90,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel currently sitting at 70 reactor sites across the country. Because these challenges are mainly political, not technical, prioritizing the issue and designating a senior official to negotiate on the administration’s behalf has the potential… [more]

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The Role of Hydrogen

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 29, 2021 at 9:57 AM

Hydrogen’s potential as an emission-free fuel for transportation, power generation, and industrial purposes is nothing new; however, interest in the technology has increased in recent years. Some energy professionals say hydrogen will finally have its moment, driven by the trend towards cleaner hydrogen production, the need for additional tools to address climate challenges, and hydrogen’s potential in hard-to-decarbonize sectors. On March 24, OurEnergyPolicy hosted a panel discussion examining the role of hydrogen in the energy sector.  The webinar covered the production and uses of hydrogen, current economics, and policies needed to support the continued growth of the industry. In discussing… [more]

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Texas’ Freeze, Energy Foresight, and Preparedness

Author(s): Dr. Anna Broughel
Tetra Tech
Energy Economist
Date: March 4, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Texas’ freeze and the consequent human suffering have left the country in shock. While the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced its return to normal operations, the nation, and its experts are busy assessing the damage, looking for perpetrators, and finding ways to move forward. The blackouts and the price spikes have exposed systemic vulnerabilities in Texas’ current energy system and its unpreparedness to respond to adverse weather conditions. Pundits have been quick to throw blame at individual technologies (renewables, thermal power plants, or nuclear power), players (power plant owners, ERCOT, policymakers, or the Texas Public Utilities Commission),… [more]

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Electric Power Supply Association

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 3, 2021 at 10:37 AM

The Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) is the national trade association representing America’s competitive power suppliers. EPSA members provide about 150,000 MW of reliable and competitively priced electricity from environmentally responsible facilities using a diverse mix of fuels and technologies including natural gas, wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, storage, biomass and coal. EPSA seeks to bring the benefits of competition to all power customers. Learn more at www.epsa.org and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter @EPSAnews.

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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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