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Delivering the Next Generation Utility Customer Experience

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 20, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Full Title: Delivering the Next Generation Utility Customer Experience Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Technology is driving change in the utility sector faster today than it has since the advent of the industry more than a century ago. For utility customers – ranging from the largest corporations to individual households – new technologies are offering different ways to interact with their utility, from paying a bill to sourcing generation. Many utilities have only just begun to transform the customer experience. However, a growing number of utilities no longer see their customers simply as ratepayers… [more]

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Innovation and the Next Generation Utility: Embracing the New Energy Ecosystem

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: at 8:19 PM

Full Title: Innovation and the Next Generation Utility: Embracing the New Energy Ecosystem Author(s): PA Consulting Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In this paper, we explain how utilities will be better positioned to participate in the Dynamic Energy system if they focus on three key competencies: Business Model Innovation, Technology Innovation, and Cultural Innovation. The benefits of taking this three-pronged approach to innovation are clear. Doing nothing will lead to further declines in revenue and a loss of market share to third-party energy providers. Developing an innovation strategy – either company-wide or within specific teams – means… [more]

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U.S. Signs on to Global Agreement Capping Aviation Emissions

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) finalized an agreement to cap the aviation industry’s CO2 emissions at 2020 levels. Due to the cross-border nature of aviation, this sector, which is responsible for 2 percent of all GHG emissions globally, was excluded from the Paris Agreement in 2015. Although the agreement’s mandatory phase begins in 2027, more than 60 countries will voluntarily participate in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) beginning in 2021. CORSIA is a market-based measure capping emissions at 2020 levels. Airlines that exceed the emissions cap can offset their excess CO2 in two ways.… [more]

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The True Cost of Fossil Fuels: Saving on the Externalities of Air Pollution and Climate Change

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Full Title: The True Cost of Fossil Fuels: Saving on the Externalities of Air Pollution and Climate Change Author(s): Anil Markandya (Basque Centre for Climate Change), Deger Saygin, Asami Miketa, Dolf Gielen and Nicholas Wagner Publisher(s): International Renewable Energy Agency Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): This brief quantifies air pollution and climate change externalities related to fossil fuels and the extent these can be reduced with higher uptake of renewables. For this purpose, the analysis compares global energy demand between now and 2030 through two cases: first, based on current and planned energy policies; and second, by doubling the… [more]

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Argus White Paper: Rockies crude trading at Cushing — Increased transparency for US light tight oil

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 12, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Full Title: Argus White Paper: Rockies crude trading at Cushing — Increased transparency for US light tight oil  Publisher(s): Argus Media Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In spite of falling US crude output, Argus has continued to identify new opportunities to lend transparency to crude oil values at major trading hubs in the US market. Having introduced a price assessment for WTI Houston in February of 2015, Argus initiated a daily price for Canadian heavy WCS at Houston in early 2016. Now, as infrastructure has developed sufficiently to support spot trade of Rockies and North Dakota crude streams… [more]

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ICAO Environmental Report 2016 Aviation and Climate Change

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Full Title: ICAO Environmental Report 2016 Aviation and Climate Change Author(s): International Civil Aviation Organization Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) is the only technical committee of the ICAO Council. Its mandate is to study and develop proposals to minimize aviation’s effects on the environment. It was established in 1983, superseding the Committee on Aircraft Noise and the Committee on Aircraft Engine Emissions. CAEP is composed of 24 Members from all regions of the world, and 15 Observers (see Table 1). Over 600 internationallyrenowned experts are involved in CAEP activities and… [more]

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Arguments of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: October 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Last week, the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) latest chapter unfolded before an en banc hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Petitioners argued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its congressional authority under the Clean Air Act. A central issue before the court was whether the agency exceeded its authority under Section 111(d) by designing a scheme that regulates “beyond the existing source’s fence line” – outside the four walls of the utility. Section 111(d) requires EPA to establish emission guidelines that reflect the best system of emission reductions (BSER) that have been adequately demonstrated. Petitioners, led by the… [more]

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest…Should We Use It to Generate Electricity?

Author(s): Meredith Fowlie
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California, Berkeley
Date: September 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM

California is experiencing what has been dubbed the worst epidemic of tree mortality in the state’s modern history, with the death of an estimated 66 million trees since 2010. There seems to be widespread – but not unanimous – agreement that leaving close to 40 million dry tons of wood in the forest will increase wildfire risk to unacceptable levels. A tree-mortality task force is working to safely remove the dying trees, some of which can be harvested for timber. But given the current trajectory, lots of wood will be burned on-site. This begs the question: are we better off… [more]

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Environmental Policy Guide: 167 Recommendations for Environmental Policy Reform

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Date: September 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Full Title: Environmental Policy Guide: 167 Recommendations for Environmental Policy Reform Author(s): Diane Katz Publisher(s): The Heritage Foundation Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Ill-conceived and excessive regulation increasingly inhibits economic growth and erodes individual liberty. Environmental regulation, in particular, frequently lacks a foundation in either sound science or rational economics, fails to balance costs and benefits, and routinely exceeds statutory or constitutional boundaries. These problems represent dysfunction of a high order, and reforms are urgently needed. The Heritage Foundation’s new Environmental Policy Guide offers 167 detailed recommendations for reform stemming from consultations with dozens of experts in… [more]

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Intermittent Renewables Can’t Favorably Transform Grid Electricity

Author(s): Gail Tverberg
Editor / Researcher
OurFiniteWorld.com
Date: September 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible for intermittent renewables to generate a large share of grid electricity? The answer increasingly looks as if it is, “No, the costs are too great, and the return on investment would be way too low.” We are already encountering major grid problems, even with low penetrations of intermittent renewable electricity, which in the U.S. was 5.4% of 2015 electricity consumption. In fact, I have come to the rather astounding conclusion that even if wind turbines… [more]

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