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Arguments of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Last week, the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) latest chapter unfolded before an en banc hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Petitioners argued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its congressional authority under the Clean Air Act. A central issue before the court was whether the agency exceeded its authority under Section 111(d) by designing a scheme that regulates “beyond the existing source’s fence line” – outside the four walls of the utility. Section 111(d) requires EPA to establish emission guidelines that reflect the best system of emission reductions (BSER) that have been adequately demonstrated. Petitioners, led by the… [more]

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest…Should We Use It to Generate Electricity?

Author(s): Meredith Fowlie
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley
Date: September 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM

California is experiencing what has been dubbed the worst epidemic of tree mortality in the state’s modern history, with the death of an estimated 66 million trees since 2010. There seems to be widespread – but not unanimous – agreement that leaving close to 40 million dry tons of wood in the forest will increase wildfire risk to unacceptable levels. A tree-mortality task force is working to safely remove the dying trees, some of which can be harvested for timber. But given the current trajectory, lots of wood will be burned on-site. This begs the question: are we better off… [more]

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Environmental Policy Guide: 167 Recommendations for Environmental Policy Reform

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: September 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Full Title: Environmental Policy Guide: 167 Recommendations for Environmental Policy Reform Author(s): Diane Katz Publisher(s): The Heritage Foundation Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Ill-conceived and excessive regulation increasingly inhibits economic growth and erodes individual liberty. Environmental regulation, in particular, frequently lacks a foundation in either sound science or rational economics, fails to balance costs and benefits, and routinely exceeds statutory or constitutional boundaries. These problems represent dysfunction of a high order, and reforms are urgently needed. The Heritage Foundation’s new Environmental Policy Guide offers 167 detailed recommendations for reform stemming from consultations with dozens of experts in… [more]

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Intermittent Renewables Can’t Favorably Transform Grid Electricity

Author(s): Gail Tverberg
Editor / Researcher
OurFiniteWorld.com
Date: September 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible for intermittent renewables to generate a large share of grid electricity? The answer increasingly looks as if it is, “No, the costs are too great, and the return on investment would be way too low.” We are already encountering major grid problems, even with low penetrations of intermittent renewable electricity, which in the U.S. was 5.4% of 2015 electricity consumption. In fact, I have come to the rather astounding conclusion that even if wind turbines… [more]

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Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: September 14, 2016 at 10:29 AM

The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment’s (FCEA) overarching objective is to assess the social, ethical, political, and legal implications of emerging technologies that fall under the broad rubric of climate engineering (sometimes referred to as “climate geoengineering”). We produce high-quality and policy-relevant research and commentary, and work in a variety of ways ensure that the climate engineering conversation maintains a focus on issues of justice, equity, agency, and inclusion.

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Are Government Projections Underestimating Clean Energy’s Potential?

Author(s): Jane Twitmyer
Principal
CACW|Watts
Date: September 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM

As we continue to debate what the future mix of grid generation will be, we should also critique projections of grid demand that suggest the largest share of future generation will continue to derive primarily from central power sources. Distributed resources like on-site wind, solar, and energy efficiency are filling U.S. power needs in greater amounts every year while also offsetting central generation requirements. The structure of our system is changing in ways many policy makers and investors are not seeing. In 2015, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) figures were challenged by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) after SEIA… [more]

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Leaders in Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: September 6, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Leaders in Energy is an educational, professional networking, and advisory services organization which focuses on energy, environmental, and sustainability topics. We help to connect leaders and other committed professionals via on-line forums and in-person events to create an environment that nurtures the creation of innovative solutions leading to a sustainable energy system, economy and world. Topics include clean energy; renewable, fossil, nuclear, and energy storage technology; the circular economy; green finance, green jobs; “Four Generation” talent, Showcases at universities; green infrastructure, energy and water; biodiversity; community and corporate responsibility, project implementation, etc. Key building blocks of the organization involve utilizing… [more]

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A Profile of the Nation’s Renewable Energy Sector

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: September 1, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Full Title: A Profile of the Nation’s Renewable Energy Sector Author(s): American Council on Renewable Energy Publication Date: 08/2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): As the nation’s electricity infrastructure ages and older power plants retire, renewable energy is becoming the option of choice to power 21st Century America. Since 2008, renewables have made up more than half of all new power generation capacity in the U.S., outcompeting fossil sources of electricity and delivering tangible economic benefits throughout the country. Continued support of renewable energy is important to sustain our economic growth and maintain America’s leadership and competitiveness in one of… [more]

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Is Offshore Wind Finally Ready To Serve U.S. Power Needs?

Author(s): Rod Adams
Publisher
Atomic Insights LLC
Date: August 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Deepwater Wind recently completed construction on the last of five massive, 6 MWe peak capacity wind turbines that make up the 30 MWe Block Island Wind Farm. By the end of 2016, the developer expects that the project will enter commercial operation and begin providing the first electricity from offshore wind turbines to the U.S. electricity grid. It is a development with far reaching implications and several lessons available to be learned. This modest-sized installation has been in the works since 2008. Initially, the public utility commission (PUC) rejected the project’s negotiated power purchase agreement (PPA) on the basis of… [more]

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World Energy Balances – 2016 edition – excerpt – Key World Energy Trends

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 30, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Full Title: World Energy Balances – 2016 edition – excerpt – Key World Energy Trends Author(s): International Energy Agency Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): This new 2016 edition of the IEA publication World Energy Balances offers final and complete data for 1971 to 2014, with supply estimates for 2015, by country and region. This excerpt from World Energy Balances contains a summary of the most recent energy trends.

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