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What Will Energy Policy Look Like Under President Trump?

Author(s): Daniel Cohan
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
Rice University
Date: November 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM

President-elect Donald Trump has only vaguely defined his plans for energy policy, via his website and campaign statements and tweets. As a result, one can only speculate how energy policy will change under the Trump administration. Nevertheless, a recent report by S&P Global Platts aimed to predict how electricity will be generated under Trump policies. The analysis assumed Trump would allow subsidies for renewable energy to continue their scheduled scale down through 2020, and enact no new policies to support wind or solar. This is consistent with recent reporting indicating that Trump does not plan to act against renewable energy… [more]

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The Next President and Energy Policy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: November 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

With the presidential race ending this week, one concern expressed by some has been the lack of any substantive discussion about US energy policy. While Mr. Trump has often mentioned reviving the coal industry as part of a larger emphasis on policies that leverage the country’s domestic energy resources, Secretary Clinton’s campaign has said her policies will look to grow clean energy resources like wind and solar energy. But after three debates, many believe the country needs more information from both candidates on this topic. A recent debate (video here) however between campaign advisors for Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton… [more]

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Ohio Regulators’ Controversial $600 Million for FirstEnergy

Author(s): Dick Munson
Director, Midwest Clean Energy
Environmental Defense Fund
Date: October 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

In a long-awaited decision, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved a $600 million electricity rate plan for Ohio utilities provider, FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy has been struggling financially since a 2011 merger with Allegheny Energy. The utility paid a premium to acquire Allegheny’s coal dependency just as the cost of natural gas began its rapid decline. The PUCO decision was in response to FirstEnergy’s $4 billion bailout plan, which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected after determining the bailout equated to an illegal subsidy that distorted competitive electricity markets. In order to avoid FERC jurisdiction, FirstEnergy revised its bailout… [more]

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Is Utility Solar Better Than Residential Solar To Meet Renewable Goals?

Author(s): Herschel Specter
President
Micro-Utilities, Inc.
Date: October 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Twenty-nine states have renewable energy mandates. California’s mandate calls for 33% renewable energy by 2020 while New York State mandates 50% of its electricity be renewable by 2030. It is one thing to set energy or electricity mandates and quite another to achieve them. New York is quite fortunate; today 26% of its electricity comes from renewable electricity sources. However, large hydroelectric facilities today provide 80% of NY’s renewable electricity electricity and, unless more hydropower is imported from Canada, an expanded contribution from large hydropower seems unlikely. So to meet this 50% mandate, solar and wind which today produce 5.2%… [more]

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Innovation and the Next Generation Utility: Embracing the New Energy Ecosystem

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 20, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Full Title: Innovation and the Next Generation Utility: Embracing the New Energy Ecosystem Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In this paper, we explain how utilities will be better positioned to participate in the Dynamic Energy system if they focus on three key competencies: Business Model Innovation, Technology Innovation, and Cultural Innovation. The benefits of taking this three-pronged approach to innovation are clear. Doing nothing will lead to further declines in revenue and a loss of market share to third-party energy providers. Developing an innovation strategy – either company-wide or within specific teams – means… [more]

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U.S. Signs on to Global Agreement Capping Aviation Emissions

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) finalized an agreement to cap the aviation industry’s CO2 emissions at 2020 levels. Due to the cross-border nature of aviation, this sector, which is responsible for 2 percent of all GHG emissions globally, was excluded from the Paris Agreement in 2015. Although the agreement’s mandatory phase begins in 2027, more than 60 countries will voluntarily participate in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) beginning in 2021. CORSIA is a market-based measure capping emissions at 2020 levels. Airlines that exceed the emissions cap can offset their excess CO2 in two ways.… [more]

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The True Cost of Fossil Fuels: Saving on the Externalities of Air Pollution and Climate Change

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Full Title: The True Cost of Fossil Fuels: Saving on the Externalities of Air Pollution and Climate Change Author(s): Anil Markandya (Basque Centre for Climate Change), Deger Saygin, Asami Miketa, Dolf Gielen and Nicholas Wagner Publisher(s): International Renewable Energy Agency Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): This brief quantifies air pollution and climate change externalities related to fossil fuels and the extent these can be reduced with higher uptake of renewables. For this purpose, the analysis compares global energy demand between now and 2030 through two cases: first, based on current and planned energy policies; and second, by doubling the… [more]

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Argus White Paper: Rockies crude trading at Cushing — Increased transparency for US light tight oil

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 12, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Full Title: Argus White Paper: Rockies crude trading at Cushing — Increased transparency for US light tight oil  Publisher(s): Argus Media Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In spite of falling US crude output, Argus has continued to identify new opportunities to lend transparency to crude oil values at major trading hubs in the US market. Having introduced a price assessment for WTI Houston in February of 2015, Argus initiated a daily price for Canadian heavy WCS at Houston in early 2016. Now, as infrastructure has developed sufficiently to support spot trade of Rockies and North Dakota crude streams… [more]

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ICAO Environmental Report 2016 Aviation and Climate Change

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Full Title: ICAO Environmental Report 2016 Aviation and Climate Change Author(s): International Civil Aviation Organization Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) is the only technical committee of the ICAO Council. Its mandate is to study and develop proposals to minimize aviation’s effects on the environment. It was established in 1983, superseding the Committee on Aircraft Noise and the Committee on Aircraft Engine Emissions. CAEP is composed of 24 Members from all regions of the world, and 15 Observers (see Table 1). Over 600 internationallyrenowned experts are involved in CAEP activities and… [more]

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Arguments of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
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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