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Energy from the Earth: Practical geoscience to inform energy legislation

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Full Title: Energy from the Earth: Practical geoscience to inform energy legislation Author(s): Gene Whitney, Scott Tinker, Brenda Pierce Publisher(s): American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute, Association of American State Geologists, Geological Society of America, National Science Foundation—Directorate for Geosciences, U.S. Geological Survey Publication Date: 11/2013 Presentations from the briefing, which gave an overview of the series and US energy needs and supply: Gene Whitney ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Scott Tinker ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Brenda Pierce ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt):  Energy production and consumption supports modern life in the United States, and is integral to the economy, individual communities, and… [more]

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Simplifying the Energy Tax Code

Author(s): Ryan Abraham
Senior Tax Counsel
United States Senate Committee on Finance
Date: February 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

As part of his efforts to comprehensively reform the tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a staff discussion draft on December 18, 2013 that proposed a dramatically simpler set of energy tax incentives that are technology-neutral, more predictable, and promote cleaner energy that is made in the United States. Policymakers have included tax breaks for energy in the tax code for nearly one hundred years. These incentives were created with good intentions to create jobs, promote energy security, and help reduce air pollution and environmental damage. But over the years, the number of provisions has ballooned… [more]

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For Sustainable Buildings, Are Two Standards Better Than One?

Author(s): Robert Knapp
Member of the Faculty Emeritus
Evergreen State College
Date: January 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

This is the first in a series of discussions led by invited speakers at the upcoming Physics of Sustainable Energy conference to be held March 8-9, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley. Find more details below. At roughly 48% of US energy use, the environmental performance of the US building stock plays a large role in progress, or lack of it, toward sustainability. Improving our buildings has turned on having a believable standard for assessing how green a proposal is. Since its introduction in 1998, one such standard has been LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), whose attractive… [more]

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Is Our Understanding of Fukushima Backwards?

Author(s): Herschel Specter
President
Micro-Utilities, Inc.
Date: January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

The meltdowns at three nuclear plants at Fukushima, Japan almost three years ago were an economic disaster, but were these plants inherently unsafe? Did the Fukushima designs provide adequate safety during extreme circumstances? The magnitude 9 earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 was its largest ever. However it was the enormous tsunamis that led to meltdowns. At Fukushima the spent fuel pools never leaked water in spite of the earthquake, its aftershocks, and tsunamis. Even Fukushima’s emergency power systems initially survived the earthquake, only to be soon destroyed by the tsunamis. The nuclear plants at Fukushima were in an extreme… [more]

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of Various Electric Reliability Improvement Projects from the End Users’ Perspective

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: January 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Full Title:  Cost-Benefit Analysis of Various Electric Reliability Improvement Projects from the End Users’ Perspective Author(s): N/A Publisher(s): National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Publication Date: 11/2013 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt):  This report provides two of the three deliverables for the Cost Benefit Analysis of Various Electric Reliability Improvement Projects from the End Users’ Perspective. One of the two deliverables included in this report is a Summary Analysis of the cost to customers (residential, commercial, and industrial) of extended outages provided by day of the week, each 4 day combination of weekday and weekends, and a week. The other deliverable is a section of… [more]

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Managing Energy Demand: Can We? Should We?

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: January 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Energy efficiency has been a lightning rod in the debate about the cost of addressing climate change, because it is generally seen as a least-cost approach to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. But the mere mention of possible “negative costs” associated with energy efficiency is enough to send shock waves across the profession of neoclassical economics. Experts continue to disagree about the magnitude, cost and possibility of managing demand. Some say that the future potential for energy efficiency is limited because markets have already exploited all cost-effective opportunities, and there are insurmountable obstacles to further expansion. Demand-side resources may have played… [more]

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Clean Fuels Ohio

Author(s): Michael Spiak
Program Manager
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Clean Fuels Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to the transportation industry, government, and the general public. Through programs like Ohio Green Fleets, we provide technical support to transportation professionals, advocate for sustainable transportation energy policies, and serve as a resource clearinghouse for fleets, policy makers, and the public. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, we work extensively around the state in collaboration with local partners.

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The Economic Impacts of Eliminating Coal from Our Energy Portfolio

Author(s): Former Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Member
U.S. House of Representatives
Date: January 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Earlier this week, H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act,” which I co-authored with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), advanced through the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, by a vote of 18 to 11. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation provides a reasonable alternative to EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas standards for new power plants and the agency’s planned regulations for existing power plants.  It now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. Under EPA’s proposal, industry would not even be able to build the most state-of-the-art clean coal-fired power plant, because the technology required under the proposed regulation is… [more]

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What is the Economic Impact of the Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Boom?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The boom in oil and gas production in the United States has largely been heralded as a strong economic stimulus for the economy. For example, in an August 2013 interview, McKinsey partner Scott Nyquist outlined huge economic returns through increases in capital investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. “This is an exciting game changer for the US economy,” said Nyquist. “It can create jobs through investment in the energy sector itself and through the ripple effects in other parts of the economy. It will increase the overall GDP of the country, which will increase the overall wealth and well-being… [more]

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“60 Minutes” Calls Cleantech a Bust

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

A recent “60 Minutes” segment essentially called the cleantech industry a failure, eliciting a flurry of criticisms defending the green technology sector. “Hoping to create innovation and jobs, [President Obama] committed north of $100 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks to cleantech. But instead of breakthroughs, the sector suffered a string of expensive tax-funded flops. Suddenly cleantech was a dirty word,” said “60 Minutes’” host, Lesley Stahl. One of the main criticisms against the CBS segment was that it conflated the cleantech venture capital sector of Silicon Valley with the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. The critics have… [more]

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