Search Results for
652 item(s) were returned.
Discussion

Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI)

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
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.

View Discussion
Discussion

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]

View Discussion
Discussion

What is Next for the Clean Power Plan?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
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]

View Discussion
Discussion

How to Pack More Power into NYC’s Energy-Efficiency Bill Package

Author(s): Abbey Brown
Former Clean Energy Project Manager
Environmental Defense Fund
Date: August 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Earlier last month, the New York City Council introduced a package of bills designed to make buildings more energy efficient. Given that about 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the City come from heating and cooling buildings, regulating how buildings manage energy is crucial to reaching Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of reducing citywide emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. While these bills represent an important step in the right direction, there are opportunities to strengthen them so the intended reduction in pollution is more effective and long-lasting. For example, Int. 1644 proposes the establishment of a… [more]

View Discussion
Discussion

Climate Scientists Challenge ‘100% Renewables’ Paper

Author(s): Rod Adams
Publisher
Atomic Insights LLC
Date: July 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM

In 2015, Mark Z. Jacobson released a report claiming via modeling that 100% of the energy – not just the electricity – needed by the U.S. could be reliably provided at a reasonably low cost by a mixture of wind, water and solar energy. Jacobson’s paper, Low-Cost Solution to the Grid Reliability Problem with 100% Penetration of Intermittent Wind, Water, and Solar for All Purposes, was recently challenged when the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a paper titled Evaluation of A Proposal for Reliable Low-Cost Grid Power with 100% Wind, Water, and Solar. The new paper, developed… [more]

View Discussion
Discussion

Targeting Corporate Climate Risk

Author(s): Sharon Reishus
President
Reishus Consulting, LLC
Date: July 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

With American federal climate policy in retreat after President Trump announced his intention for the US to withdraw from the Paris Accords, where will climate change activists focus their efforts? While recent announcements coming from local politicians indicate that cities from Portland to Pittsburgh, plus many states, are intent on moving forward with strategies to decarbonize, corporations form a key sector whose willingness to embrace strategies to avoid climate risk matters greatly. Do shareholder activists play a critical role in forcing large businesses, especially those firms holding fossil fuel assets, to acknowledge risks and adopt strategies that directly address climate… [more]

View Discussion
Discussion

Challenges With Kemper Raise Concerns For “Clean Coal”

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: July 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Proposed in 2006, Southern Company’s (“Southern”) Kemper County Power Generation Facility (“Kemper”) was initially viewed as a flagship demonstration project for “clean coal” technologies like carbon capture and sequestration (“CCS”). Eleven years on, Southern has announced it is “immediately suspending start-up and operations activities” on the gasifier units and the facility “will continue to operate using natural gas pending the Mississippi Public Service Commission’s decision on future operations.” The 582 MW plant was designed to convert lignite coal into a synthetic gas with a CCS system capturing more than half of the emissions. Since 2012 however, Kemper has faced years… [more]

View Discussion
Discussion

Three Mile Island: The End of an Era?

Author(s): Dr. Andrew C. Kadak
President
Kadak Associates, Inc.
Date: June 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM

If climate change is considered a real concern by most government officials, why are policy makers and politicians not acting to keep reliably operational nuclear plants from being prematurely shutdown? As most know, nuclear generating plants produce essentially zero carbon dioxide and other climate altering gases. Once the United States had 104 operating nuclear plants producing over 60% of the nation’s clean energy. Today that number is down to 99. Nuclear plants used to generate about 20% of the electricity consumed. Today it is about 17% and declining. The most recently announced shutdown was the Three Mile Island Unit 1… [more]

View Discussion
Discussion

Trump Budget Breakdown: The Clean Energy Economy and American Innovation

Author(s): Bryce Golden-Chen
Project Manager, EDF+Business
Environmental Defense Fund
Date: June 13, 2017 at 2:15 PM

The Trump administration recently released its full federal budget proposal, which could slash funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and related offices and programs. EERE has been at the forefront of supporting successful public-private partnerships and innovative, clean energy entrepreneurs. Funding that nurtures new businesses without requiring their owners to give up any stake in their companies can be make-or-break for the early-stage startups that drive innovation. When government, well-positioned to make this kind of unique investment, puts forth taxpayer dollars, it encourages the private sector to buy-in as well—often with a multiplying effect.… [more]

View Discussion
Discussion

A Solar Trade War

Author(s): Elias Hinckley
Partner
KL Gates
Date: June 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Last month the International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to proceed with a trade case filed by the bankrupt solar manufacturing American company Suniva. Suniva has claimed that the current import price for certain photovoltaic solar panels is so low that it was damaging the US manufacturing industry and the only way to protect US manufacturers would be to levy a tariff on panel imports – the result would be to more than double the price of solar panels to $0.78/watt. In order to prove its case, Suniva needs to show that the solar manufacturing industry in the US has been,… [more]

View Discussion