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House Takes Aim at DoD Biofuel Efforts

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The House Armed Services Committee’s newly proposed 2013 Pentagon budget contains a provision that would prevent the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from purchasing alternative fuels, largely in the form of biofuels, if they cost more than traditional fuels. The proposal comes at a time when the military is ramping up its use of biofuels and the U.S. biofuel industry could use the certainty provided by a customer as large and influential as DoD. An example of DoD’s alternative fuels efforts:  In 2009, the navy announced a plan that would have the navy utilize 50% non-oil energy in its operations… [more]

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With Cheap Natural Gas, Who Needs Anything Else?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 10, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Domestic natural gas production continues to expand, while natural gas spot prices are at historic lows. Many utilities are responding to these changing market dynamics by building gas plants or “fuel-switching” existing power plants from more expensive fuels to gas. As a result, coal generation continues to fall. Due in part to price competition with natural gas, some Congressional “clean energy” subsidies may not be renewed. EIA projections suggest that domestic production will continue to increase, and that natural gas prices faced by electric utilities will remain below $7.00/mBtu, through 2035. [Source: EIA] What does near- to mid-term domestic natural… [more]

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Report: To End Renewables’ “Boom-and-Bust” Cycle, Reform Subsidies

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM

A new report – coauthored by researchers from the Brookings Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Breakthrough Institute – examines the coming decline in subsidies and tax breaks for renewables, and what that decline might mean for the U.S. renewables industry. The report argues that the decline imperils the industry, but suggests that this issue presents an opportunity to reform the subsidies and programs currently in place. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ushered in a brief era of heightened support for the clean tech and renewable energy sectors, providing just over $150 billion through 2014. However,… [more]

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Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM

On April 26th, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication released the results of a recent poll, suggesting that “overall, majorities of Americans say that global warming and clean energy should be among the nation’s priorities… and support a variety of climate change and energy policies.” The survey of 1,008 American adults found that: “92 percent of Americans think that developing sources of clean energy should be a very high (31%), high (38%), or medium (23%) priority for the president and Congress.” “91 percent of Democrats, 77 percent of Independents,… [more]

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What’s the future of the State Energy Program?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: May 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Last week, House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved separate and distinct versions of a Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. The legislation sets spending levels for DOE, among other agencies, and specific programs such as the State Energy Program (SEP). The SEP is administered by DOE, and provides funding to states for use by State Energy Offices. According to the National Association of State Energy Officers (NASEO), with “SEP funds and the resources leveraged by them, the 56 State and Territory Energy Offices develop and manage strategic programs that support the private sector in increasing energy efficiency,… [more]

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Fraud in Renewables Markets

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM

In 2007, US EPA began using renewable identification numbers (RINs) to track fuel producer compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which calls for fuel blends to contain a minimum amount of renewable fuels. RINs quantify the biofuel, produced or imported, used in fuel blends. Fuel producers buy and sell them, and then submit them to demonstrate compliance. The complexity of RIN markets and RFS compliance has come under scrutiny lately, as several instances of fraud have emerged. In 2010, two small biofuel producers – Clean Green Fuel and Absolute Fuels – started selling fraudulent… [more]

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U.S. Hydropower Potential Untapped

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 24, 2012 at 7:42 AM

On April 17th, US DOE released a report titled An Assessment of Energy Potential at Non-Powered Dams in the United States. The report analyzes the hydroelectric power generating capacity at 54,000 existing dams across the United States, and indicates that fully developing non-powered dams (NPDs) could result in additional generating capacity of more than 12 gigawatts (GW). This would increase current US hydropower capacity by 15% and provide enough energy to power four million households. The report concludes that of the 12 GW of potential capacity, “a majority is concentrated in just 100 NPDs, which could contribute approximately 8 GW… [more]

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Offshore Wind in America

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 16, 2012 at 7:19 AM

To date, no offshore wind farms have operated in the United States. However, several projects under consideration or development could change that. In February, the federal government completed an environmental review of designated “wind energy areas” off the mid-Atlantic coast, and found that lease sales for wind energy would not create environmental problems. This finding may facilitate the sale of wind energy leases off the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware as early as this year. [New York Times] The Cape Wind Project, a wind farm off Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, could be the first operational offshore wind energy… [more]

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DOE Forging Ahead with Loan Guarantees

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 10, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Last week, DOE announced plans to continue its provision of loan guarantees for approved renewable energy projects. The announcement comes seven months after the controversy surrounding the agency’s loan to Solyndra, the California-based solar manufacturer which filed bankruptcy after receiving a $535 million DOE loan guarantee. Solyndra’s loan guarantee was administered under a program authorized by Section 1705 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which elapsed in September 2011. The new loans will be directed under a program created by section 1703 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Section 1703 program has $34 billion in… [more]

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Are Renewables Becoming Competitive?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: April 6, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Historically, widespread uptake of renewable energy has been limited by relatively high costs as compared to traditional energy sources. A 2011 IEA report argued that “renewable energy … is becoming cost-competitive in an increasingly broad range of circumstances, in some cases providing investment opportunities without the need for specific economic support.” Several recent trends, and recently announced business ventures, seem to support the IEA’s finding that some renewable energy sources are approaching cost-competitiveness. Prices for distributed solar have plummeted recently – due largely to economies of scale, government support and policy-driven demand – leading in 2011 to a record 1,855… [more]

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