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Energy Transformation: Finding Policy and Finance Solutions

Author(s): Matt Futch
Vice President, US Retail Regulatory Strategy
National Grid, US
Date: June 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

We hear about the promise of transforming America’s infrastructure every day. But if we’re going to capitalize on that promise, we need to reverse the 20-year trend of underinvestment in energy networks. Greater overall resiliency, reliability and innovation come with a sizeable price tag; it is estimated that U.S. energy infrastructure needs $2.5 trillion in investment by 2035. If we don’t meet this challenge, the growing limitations of our current system threaten to derail progress toward our long-term energy sustainability and security goals. We either invest now, or pay that much more later. The current regulatory landscape also complicates this transformation.… [more]

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Condensing Furnace Standard Impact Analysis Discussion Document

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: June 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Full Title: Condensing Furnace Standard Impact Analysis Discussion Document Author(s): American Gas Association (AGA) Publisher(s): American Gas Association (AGA) Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): AGA and GTI developed a spreadsheet model to analyze and measure the impact on the key metrics that energy efficiency standards are designed to improve using the results from the GTI Fuel Switching Study and the AGA Marginal Cost Analysis. A “Case Study” spreadsheet model using 2012 annual furnace shipment data, market data from public sources and the findings from the two studies referenced above was developed to assess and quantify the potential… [more]

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Renewable Energy Options for Shipping: Technology Brief

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: June 2, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Full Title:Renewable Energy Options for Shipping: Technology Brief Author(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Publisher(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Publication Date: 02/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The shipping industry plays a critical role in the global economy, carrying approximately 90% of the total tonnage of world’s traded goods. Shipping propulsion has changed radically since the mid-19th century, from the renewable energy of sail power, to the coal power of steamships, to the predominance of heavy fuel oil and marine diesel oil. But renewable energy technologies could transform the global shipping fleet again, at all levels and scales. This… [more]

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Will Demand for Oil Peak by 2035?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 1:00 PM

Many are familiar with peak oil theory — the idea that global oil production will hit a ceiling and then decline — yet the concept of peak oil demand, where demand will plateau before supply, appears to be replacing this controversial hypothesis. Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at UC Davis, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that a combination of technical, economic, environmental and demographic shifts could lead to peak global oil demand in the next two decades. By contrast, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that global oil demand will rise from 87 million barrels per… [more]

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Energy Security: Meeting the Growing Challenge of National Oil Companies

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 11:52 AM

Full Title: Energy Security: Meeting the Growing Challenge of National Oil Companies Author(s): Amy Myers Jaffe and Matthew Chen Publisher(s): The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations Publication Date: 2007 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): This paper discusses the challenges posed by national oil companies (NOCs) in states such as Venezuela, Russia and China presents the United States with a number of dilemmas. The authors argue that while the rise of NOCs from consuming and producing countries does not constitute an immediate threat to US national security, the growing economic power and strategic influence of NOCs on global energy… [more]

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The Road to Paris and Beyond: Comparing Emissions Mitigation Efforts

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: June 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Full Title: The Road to Paris and Beyond: Comparing Emissions Mitigation Efforts Author(s): Joseph E. Aldy and William A. Pizer Publisher(s): Resources for the Future (RFF) Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): T his year, countries will pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of the negotiations leading up to the UN climate change talks in Paris in December. These pledges will take on many different forms: targets as a percentage of year 1990 or 2005 emissions, percentage improvements in the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions to GDP, percentage abatement versus a “no-policy” reference case, renewable power… [more]

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Falling Oil Prices: Implications in the United States

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 2:53 PM

Full Title: Falling Oil Prices: Implications in the United States Author(s): Stephen Brown Publisher(s): Resources for the Future Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Although they have increased since hitting bottom in January, world oil prices are nearly $50 per barrel lower than in June 2014 as of this writing in March. The futures market shows the drop will be sustained but with gradual increases over the next five years. The decline in oil prices is the result of both weak demand and increased supply. World oil market participants gradually realized that weak economic activity in China, Japan, India,… [more]

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Getting Past Rate Fixation to the Benefits of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: May 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Making use of energy efficiency can help contain the cost of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and reduce electricity bills. Yet as climate policy discussions try to balance the urgent demand for quick action with upfront capital investments, the benefits of energy efficiency must be viewed in the long term. As efficiency programs are being ramped up by utilities with an over-capacity of power plants, rates may rise for a few years before they fall. Policymakers and stakeholders need to get past “rate fixation” to see the long-term value of energy efficiency. With the strong “nudge” of the… [more]

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Clean Energy Partners: Solutions for Energy Security and Economic Growth

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Full Title: Clean Energy Partners: Solutions for Energy Security and Economic Growth Author(s): Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) Publisher(s): Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Reliable and affordable energy is a fundamental part of our lives. Energy is needed to provide heat, light and cooking in our homes; it is used for communication, transportation and industrial processes; and it is the engine that supports our country’s economy. Reliable and affordable clean energy options address two of our nation’s most pressing challenges: economic growth and energy security. The Business Council for Sustainable… [more]

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How the EPA Should Modify Its Proposed 111(d) Regulations to Allow States to Comply By Taxing Pollution

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:47 PM

Full Title: How the EPA Should Modify Its Proposed 111(d) Regulations to Allow States to Comply By Taxing Pollution Author(s): Michael Wara, Adele Morris, and Marta R. Darby Publisher(s): Brookings Institution Publication Date: 10/24 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising its authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to limit U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing stationary sources, beginning with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units (EGUs, power plants, or covered sources) [1]. This comment examines the extent to which EPA’s proposed rule for existing power… [more]

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