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sPower, the Economics of the Solar Market, and Government Policy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: September 14, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Full Title: sPower, the Economics of the Solar Market, and Government Policy Author(s): Jeff Tannenbaum Publisher(s): PACENation and OurEnergyPolicy.org Publication Date: 09/13/2017 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): On September 13, 2017, Jeff Tannenbaum, Chairman and Founder of PACENation and sPower, spoke to a group of energy professionals in New York at an event hosted by OurEnergyPolicy.org. Jeff discussed how sPower grew to become the nation’s largest solar utility in three years, recently selling for $1.6 billion, and how changing federal and state policies will affect the solar industry. Listen to Jeff’s presentation at OurEnergyPolicy.org’s new SoundCloud page

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Harvey Highlighted Vulnerability of Nation’s Fuel Infrastructure

Author(s): Nathan Taft
Research Analyst
Fuel Freedom Foundation
Date: September 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the average price of a gallon of gasoline nationwide spiked by 25 cents, with some states seeing an increase of as much as 42 cents per gallon. This is the largest increase in a single week since the 49-cent jump following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The fact that the entire nation’s fuel infrastructure can be disrupted by a localized single event is deeply concerning. In fact, our economy is disproportionately reliant on oil —10 of the previous 11 U.S recessions were preceded by a spike in oil prices (and subsequently gasoline). Indeed, as Michael… [more]

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Policymaker Support Key to Offshore Wind Prospects in U.S.

Author(s): Herman Trabish
Contributing Editor
Utility Dive
Date: September 5, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Offshore wind is not yet easy to build in the United States. But the question is no longer if a boom will happen, industry stakeholders say, it is when and how it will happen, with policy follow-through a critical component along with improving economics and other factors. While the U.S. had only one of the world’s 111 operating offshore wind projects as of the end of 2016, global developers are still setting up shop. Of the estimated 231,000 MW of potential capacity in the global development pipeline at the end of 2016, 10% is slated for the U.S. Falling prices… [more]

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Grid Passes Eclipse Test

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM

This week, a total solar eclipse crossed the United States for the first time in nearly a century. The eclipse dimmed the sun for several hours, leaving utilities questioning the impact on solar power generation and whether grids are prepared to handle state policies mandating a greater renewable energy mix. As solar output plunged along the route of totality, grid operators and utilities were forced to manage the drop by bringing on greater amounts of natural gas and hydro. Those states with high solar producing capacity, such as California and North Carolina, were significantly impacted by the path of the… [more]

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Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI)

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 22, 2017 at 2:12 PM

The Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) is a nonprofit leadership development organization working in Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. CELI provides early career professionals with the technical content, leadership development, and a professional community to build the next generation of clean energy leaders. CELI believes that our clean energy future must be powered by diverse, effective, and innovative leaders. We recruit Fellows with diverse backgrounds and equips them with a strong working knowledge of energy markets, project finance, technology innovation and public policy, realized through the Clean Energy Leaders Fellowship program.

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Summary Of California’s Extension Of Its Cap-And-Trade Program

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Full Title: Summary Of California’s Extension Of Its Cap-And-Trade Program Author(s): Jason Ye Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Publication Date: 08/2017 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Market-based policies offer a cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating financial incentives for covered entities to emit less pollution. Eleven U.S. states and many jurisdictions outside the United States have established market-based programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California was the first multi-sector cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in North America. The program was part of a suite of policies aimed at complying with state law AB 32 that… [more]

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The Future of Fossil Fuels: Trailing and Leading Indicators

Author(s): Carl Pope
Former Executive Director
Sierra Club
Date: August 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM

In late July, Hunter Harrison, the CEO of CSX railway corporation, declared that his railroad, founded to haul coal, and still getting a fifth of its revenue from coal, would no longer invest capital in its coal business – neither new locomotives or track investments designed to support its coal business. Harrison was blunt as to the reason. “Fossil fuels are dead,” the CSX CEO said. “That’s a long-term view. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to be in two or three years. But it’s going away, in my view.” The same week, Morgan Stanley reported that… [more]

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What is Next for the Clean Power Plan?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Clean Power Plan (CPP), the signature piece of environmental regulation from the Obama Administration, is now facing an uncertain future. Following President Trump’s request for a review of the rule and the June 1st announcement that the U.S. will be leaving the Paris agreement, the President is widely expected to eliminate or significantly change the CPP. Review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) typically takes about 60 days, meaning that the review period may be drawing to a close. The CPP has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle, as well as from industry and environmental… [more]

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Coa l information: Overview

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 3, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Full Title: Coal information: Overview Author(s): International Energy Agency Publication Date: 2017 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Coal Information 2017 provides a comprehensive review of historical and current market trends in the world coal sector, including 2016 provisional data. It provides a review of the world coal market in 2016, alongside a statistical overview of developments, which covers world coal production and coal reserves, coal demand by type, coal trade and coal prices for the 35 OECD member countries and for 22 major non-OECD coal- producing and -consuming countries. This overview from Coal Information 2017 contains a summary of the… [more]

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Making Charlotte a Climate-Ready and Just City

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 2, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Full Title: Making Charlotte a Climate-Ready and Just City Author(s): Miranda Peterson Publisher(s): Center for American Progress Publication Date: 08/2017DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): When President Donald Trump announced his decision in June 2017 to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, North Carolina, quickly responded, saying, “Climate change is an issue that affects us all, and we do not have time to wait for a new administration.” Volumes of scientific evidence show more extreme heat, drought, wildfires, storms, and floods bearing down on Charlotte’s future. Charlotte has made great gains over… [more]

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