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Protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure From Cyber Threats

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Cyberattacks are occurring with greater frequency and severity, and could have enormous impacts on huge swaths of the highly interconnected electric grid. Despite the serious risks posed by cyber attacks, insurance coverage for utility companies is often not comprehensive or too expensive, as reported by a recent EnergyWire article. The article goes on to explain that this is “partly because insurance underwriters have had trouble fleshing out risk assessments with hard numbers. Utilities are tight-lipped about their cyber vulnerabilities for fear of legal repercussions (and exposing themselves to new threats).” The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Insurance Workshop Readout Report explains… [more]

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What Is The Future of Solar Energy?

Author(s): Daniel Kammen
Distinguished Professor of Energy
University of California, Berkeley
Date: February 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

This is the second 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. The new Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System located in California’s Mojave Desert is the world’s largest concentrated solar thermal power station. The first of it’s kind at this scale, Ivanpah’s 392 megawatts of capacity (enough to power 140,000 homes) is generated by 360,000 garage-door-sized mirrors concentrating sunlight onto a 40-story boiler tower. The heat from the sunlight boils water in the tower and… [more]

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Metrics for Comparing Alternative Liquid Fuels

Author(s): Dr. Bruce Dale
University Distinguished Professor
Michigan State University, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Date: February 20, 2014 at 7:04 AM

It is clear that the Age of Oil is winding down. Worldwide, the rate of discovery of new oil reserves peaked in the 1960s and in the US our peak rate of oil discovery occurred in the early 1930s. In recent years the world has used about three barrels of oil for every barrel of new oil reserves discovered. Thus we are living largely on past oil discoveries. There is still a lot of oil in the world, and we will still be using a lot of oil decades from now. But it will be increasingly expensive both economically and… [more]

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Prosperity at Home And Strengthened Allies Abroad – A Global Perspective on Natural Gas Exports

Author(s): Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI)
Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy
U.S. House of Representatives
Date: February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a policy paper entitled “Prosperity at Home and Strengthened Allies Abroad – A Global Perspective on Natural Gas Exports.” Over the past year, our committee has analyzed the effects of exporting U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) through a series of hearings and an international forum. This report is the culmination of our efforts, detailing the economic and geopolitical benefits of U.S. LNG exports and outlining the actions necessary to realize them. Through our analysis, we found that LNG exports offer the opportunity for the U.S. to improve the domestic economy while providing… [more]

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Energy from the Earth: Geothermal Energy Transformations-Nationwide Resources and Value Chains

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Full Title: Energy from the Earth: Geothermal Energy Transformations-Nationwide Resources and Value Chains Author(s): Chad Augustine, Patrick Dobson, Brian Anderson 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: 1/2014 Presentations from the briefing, which gave an overview of the series and US energy needs and supply: Moderator Presentation by Hollett ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Chad Augustine ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Patrick Dobson ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Brian Anderson ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt):  Geothermal energy could be a significant source of clean power for the United States.… [more]

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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: 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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OurEnergyPolicy.org
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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