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Clean Power Plan Transmission Investments: It’s Not How Much, It’s How Soon

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 16, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Full Title: Clean Power Plan Transmission Investments: It’s Not How Much, It’s How Soon Author(s): Kiran Kumaraswamy, Ken Collison, Rakesh Maurya, Jamie Cotrone, & Matt Robison Publisher(s): ICF International Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The Bottom Line: 1. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) is likely to drive significant retirements and changes in generating resource mix and dispatch patterns that will alter transmission flows and could impact overall system reliability. 2. Focusing only on transmission security, we estimate that the United States will require at least $1.5 to $2.5 billion in transmission grid investments to maintain grid reliability.… [more]

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New Energy, New Geopolitics Balancing Stability and Leverage

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: at 3:05 PM

Full Title: New Energy, New Geopolitics Balancing Stability and Leverage Author(s): Sarah O. Ladislaw, Maren Leed, & Molly A. Walton Publisher(s): CSIS Publication Date: 04/2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In the last ten years, U.S. shale gas and tight oil production has skyrocketed. Between 2005 and 2014, U.S. production of crude oil and natural gas has risen by nearly 65 and 34 per- cent, respectively, due to tight oil and shale gas development. The shale gas supplies from Pennsylvania alone equal the entire natural gas export capacity of Qatar, the world’s second largest natural gas exporter in 2012. And… [more]

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Fracking on Federal Lands

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

On March 20th, following a lengthy public review process, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell unveiled new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. According to the Department of Interior, these new standards are designed to (1) improve safety, (2) protect groundwater by updating requirements for well-bore integrity, (3) ensure wastewater is disposed of properly and (4) require public disclosure by companies of chemicals. The regulations will go into effect on June 24th, 2015. The fracking boom put the U.S. on track to be a leading producer of oil and gas, yet most of the production has taken place on… [more]

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Will it Work and Will it Be Upheld?

Author(s): Carol Werner
Executive Director
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Date: April 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM

According to the EPA, its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) would lead to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The CPP sets a customized goal for each state, which takes into account its existing policies and the unique structure of its energy system. The current draft regulation gives states interim goals for 2020-29, and a final target for 2030. The EPA proposal offers a great deal of flexibility for states to choose how best to achieve these emissions reduction goals. The CPP suggests four “building blocks” that states can… [more]

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Developing a Framework for Measuring Community Resilience: Summary of Workshop

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 3, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Full Title: Developing a Framework for Measuring Community Resilience: Summary of Workshop Author(s): Dominic A. Brose Publisher(s): National Research Council of the National Academies Press Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The 2012 National Research Council report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative highlighted the challenges of increasing national resilience in the United States. The report, sponsored by eight federal agencies and a community resilience organization, was national in scope and extended to stakeholders beyond the Washington, D.C. governmental community to recognize that experiential information necessary to understand national resilience lies in communities across the United States.1 One finding… [more]

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Will State Policies Adjust to Attract Renewable Energy Investment?

Author(s): Todd Foley
Chief Strategy Officer and SVP for Policy
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Date: March 31, 2015 at 7:00 AM

In lieu of consistent energy policy at the federal level, businesses and power providers are increasingly looking to state legislatures for the right signals to invest in energy. The result? States are stepping up, leading to an increase in renewable energy use, particularly by some of America’s largest companies. A quick scroll through the weekly headlines reminds us that the demand for investing in renewables today is strong – and getting stronger. Google, Walmart, GM, Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Apple all have recently shifted millions in private funding into the clean energy sector. These moves are motivated by increased revenue… [more]

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Energy Policy Highlights 1974-2014

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 26, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Full Title: Energy Policy Highlights 1974-2014 Author(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publisher(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Energy Policy Highlights reflects a key benefit of International Energy Agency (IEA) membership: sharing experience, and learning among policy makers and governments. In preparation for the 2013 IEA Ministerial, IEA member countries were invited, for the first time, to highlight recent developments in their energy policies. Their contributions are collected in this publication.

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Time-Variant Pricing in NY’s REV

Author(s): Beia Spiller
Economist
Environmental Defense Fund
Date: March 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Throughout most of the country, residential electricity customers pay the same price for electricity regardless of when it is consumed. Such flat rates mask the fact that true system costs vary over time according to electricity demand. Prices that better reflect the time-varying costs of producing and delivering electricity can lead to a number of economic and environmental gains, such as reduced wholesale prices, increased investment in clean distributed energy resources, and lower overall carbon emissions. Time-variant electricity pricing gives customers greater control over their electricity bills, since they can use electricity when it is cheaper and cut back when… [more]

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Optimization of Carbon-Capture-Enabled Coal-Gas-Solar Power Generation

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 20, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Full Title: Optimization of Carbon-Capture-Enabled Coal-Gas-Solar Power Generation Author(s): Philip G. Brodrick, Charles A. Kang, Adam R. Brandt, Louis J. Durlofsky Publisher(s): Elsevier Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): 12/2014 Computational optimization is used to determine the optimal design and time-varying operations of a carbon dioxide capture retrofit to a coal-fired power plant. The retrofit consists of an amine-based temperature-swing absorption system, to which process steam is supplied from an auxiliary unit. Two candidate auxiliary heat sources are explored: natural gas and solar thermal. The NPV (net present value) of the retrofitted facility is maximized to determine which auxiliary… [more]

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Climate Engineering: Solution or Problem?

Author(s): Simon Nicholson
Assistant Professor
American University
Date: March 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

On February 10, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released two major new reports on climate engineering (or “geoengineering”). The reports set out to summarize the scientific basis for what the authors chose to call “climate intervention,” identify governance and ethical challenges, and chart a new research agenda. While the authors were careful to state that climate intervention is no substitute for reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, the reports indicate support for further investigation into large-scale technological responses. The paired studies assess two specific groups of strategies: (1) carbon dioxide removal and (2) reflecting sunlight, or albedo modification. While the… [more]

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