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Aspen Institute Science & Society Program

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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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
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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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Abundant Sunshine Not Enough to Power Texas Residential Solar Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 2, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Full Title: Abundant Sunshine Not Enough to Power Texas Residential Solar Energy Author(s): Benjamin Meier and Jesse Thompson Publisher(s): Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Publication Date: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The Texas electricity market doesn’t shine in residential solar energy despite plentiful sunlight. While Texas is No. 1 in wind power, its residential solar capacity per capita was less than one-third that of the U.S. average in 2017. One advantage of solar electricity generation is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which have been tied to climate change.

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Energy Choice Coalition

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 1:14 PM

The Energy Choice Coalition is an educational and advocacy organization committed to promoting competition and innovation in electricity markets without discriminating against technologies. Consumer-driven energy markets deliver better results than traditional monopoly markets or partly restructured markets by empowering the end user. Competition allows customers to make their own choices with respect to environmental concerns and reliability, and are the most effective way to keep prices low and encourage economic growth, job creation, and innovation. Our goal is to identify the policy barriers to consumer choice and remove them through advocacy.

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Hydropower – Time Tested and Ready for the New Energy Era

Author(s): Scott Corwin
Executive Director
Northwest Public Power Association
Date: April 29, 2019 at 10:33 AM

During an era of unprecedented change in the energy industry, hydropower offers a renewable and emission-free power source that boasts some unique attributes. Not only does hydropower provide reliable base-load generation, but it also has a high level of flexibility that enables storage and ramping capability. These qualities match well with the increasing need to balance intermittent renewable generation sources, such as wind and solar. At just seven percent of total electricity generation in the U.S., hydropower already displaces about 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise come from thermal generation. It is efficient in its… [more]

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Principles for National Climate Action

Author(s): Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Chair, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, U.S. House of Representatives
Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition
Date: April 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Americans are living, and dying, in the path of unprecedented flooding, raging wildfires, and battering storms driven by Earth’s changing climate. Regardless of the origins of our predicament, we have inherited these conditions. It falls to us to set aside past disagreements and rise together to meet this challenge. The principles outlined here, and in greater detail at Tonko.house.gov/climate, are meant to provide a framework that moves the lines of our agreement forward and help us build a comprehensive national climate action plan together. This is an appeal to everyone who takes solving the climate crisis seriously. As more detailed… [more]

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Nuclear Power Safety Risks

Author(s): Herschel Specter
President
Micro-Utilities, Inc.
Date: April 4, 2019 at 11:46 AM

With the pressing need to find carbon-free sources of electricity to address climate change, some environmental groups that once opposed nuclear power now see it as essential. While policymakers have dismissed nuclear facilities for safety reasons, the new calculus is that the risk from nuclear power plants is far smaller than generally perceived. Policymakers who write-off nuclear as being too dangerous are doing a major disservice to the public by warding off a safe, effective carbon-free technology. Severe nuclear accidents are rare and extremely unlikely to cause any near-term off-site radiation fatalities or radiation sicknesses. A review of four major… [more]

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