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The Need for Restructured Electricity Markets

Author(s): Robert Dillon
Executive Director
Energy Choice Coalition
Date: August 8, 2019 at 2:45 PM

The rapid evolution of the electricity sector in the United States can offer numerous benefits to consumers while also addressing society’s environmental concerns. The rise of independent energy suppliers and the advancement of information technology are transforming the way we generate and manage our electricity use, allowing consumers to access more affordable, diverse, efficient, and cleaner sources of energy. More than a dozen states have restructured their electricity markets to some degree in order to give consumers, large and small, a greater say in the type of energy they use every day to power their homes and offices. Proper policy… [more]

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Reducing the Energy Burden on Low-Income Americans

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: August 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM

In an era of U.S. energy abundance, it is troubling that many low-income Americans are persistently paying high energy bills. Even after decades of weatherization improvements, which protect buildings from the elements to reduce energy costs, and bill payment programs to make energy bills more manageable, families with modest incomes still spend a higher percentage of their income on their energy bills than more advantaged income groups. Energy burdens (the ratio of energy bills to income) are especially high in the South, rural America, and minority communities. For instance, among the largest cities in the U.S., the three with the… [more]

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Building Emissions in New York City and The Recent Retrofit Bill

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: July 23, 2019 at 12:43 PM

The New York City Council passed legislation in April 2019 to mandate that all existing buildings 25,000 square feet or larger must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050. This retrofit bill (Local Law 97) was part of a package of bills called the Climate Mobilization Act. There are 50,000 buildings in New York City that the law applies to, and they are responsible for about 30% of New York City’s total greenhouse gas emissions—”a big number for a small subset of buildings,” said Costa Constantinides, the New York City Council Member who… [more]

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Unleashing Corporate Sustainability

Author(s): Jeffrey Moe
Global Director, Energy Policy and Advocacy
Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand
Date: July 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM

While some companies associate sustainability with added costs, sustainable business practices actually deliver value to society and can be a growth engine for business. The United States’ experience over the last decade shows how a country can reap the benefits of increased private sector sustainability efforts. With the right policy support, the corporate sector can do even more to expand and accelerate these practices. Though companies may have different experiences, our efforts demonstrate that it is possible for the industrial corporate segment to integrate sustainability into its strategy while still delivering strong returns to shareholders. At Ingersoll Rand, we made… [more]

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The Need for a Diverse Approach to Energy

Author(s): Laura Nelson
Executive Director
Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development
Date: June 24, 2019 at 3:31 PM

As new and cleaner energy options are deployed, our national energy portfolio is transforming faster than ever before. Facing changes occurring across our power, transportation, and resource systems, Utah has chosen an all-of-the-above state energy policy. Embracing energy diversity and focusing on efficient markets, technology, infrastructure, and new partnerships will create an energy economy that supports our state’s economic and environmental goals. As discussed at Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s recent energy summit, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) has worked to advance Utah’s energy agenda with smart and innovative solutions. Among the OED’s significant initiatives are projects that invest… [more]

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Aspen Institute Science & Society Program

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: June 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

Launched in 2019, the Science & Society Program (SSP) was established to address critical gaps in public trust in, and understanding of, advances in science, as well as the potential impact of those advances on America’s diverse society. Through its various activities, SSP will seek to raise awareness and inform targeted audiences about present-day challenges at the intersection of science and our national community. SSP will endeavor to explain, connect, and maximize the many benefits of science, technology, and innovation, while striving to expand the audience of individuals who embrace the value and contribution of science to improving the human… [more]

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Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:36 PM

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program explores significant challenges with diverse thinkers and doers to make a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable society for all. We addresses critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders. In addition to energy and environmental policy, which the program has been addressing for several decades, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging… [more]

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The Key to Saving the Nuclear Power Sector

Author(s): Wil Burns
Co-Executive Director
The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University
Date: June 10, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Nuclear power plants—which emit zero greenhouse gas emissions and have very low emissions during their entire lifecycle—can contribute significantly to addressing climate change. However, many reactors have been retired, with more to follow. In many cases, these reactors are being supplanted by natural gas, which can result in a large increase in greenhouse gas emissions, especially when methane leakage is taken into account. As the Union of Concerned Scientists recently concluded, “the resulting emissions set back national efforts to achieve needed emissions reductions.” Many energy experts believe that a commitment to thorium-based nuclear reactors might help to turn the tide… [more]

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A Big Step for Small-Scale LNG

Author(s): Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03)
Member
U.S. House of Representatives
Date: May 21, 2019 at 4:06 PM

The United States is blessed with an abundance of natural gas and has been a net exporter since January 2018. Thanks to the Trump Administration’s increased de-regulation, we are reaping the fruits of this expanding energy sector. With this increase in energy production, Congress must make proper investments in infrastructure and effectively reform regulations to aid in the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). To help accomplish this, I and Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL-06) have introduced the Small-Scale LNG Access Act (H.R. 1836). Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has introduced a Senate companion bill (S. 816), which has two new cosponsors… [more]

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Bipartisan Energy Storage Solutions

Author(s): Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA)
Co-Chair, Advanced Energy Storage Caucus
U.S. Representative, State of California
Date: May 6, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Americans are looking to leaders in Congress to take action on environmental causes and identify new and innovative solutions to address climate change. Part of that strategy must include the development and expansion of energy storage. Battery energy storage is the future of renewable energy, and cheap grid-scale storage means that renewables can compete with fossil fuels on cost alone. Advanced energy storage is also a technology that can improve the integrity and resilience of our energy infrastructure and grid. We must explore battery energy storage and invest in it to improve America’s energy infrastructure and make our national grid… [more]

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