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Unlocking the Power of Urban Transport Systems for Better Growth and a Better Climate

Author(s): Chad Edwards-Kuhn
Intern
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 12, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Full Title: Unlocking the Power of Urban Transport Systems for Better Growth and a Better Climate Author(s): Publisher(s): Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Sustainable transport systems are crucial for underpinning the economic performance and prosperity of nations. They are also critical for tackling global climate change and reducing local air pollution. This is particularly the case in the world’s urban areas. The majority of transport trips take place in and between cities. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, particularly in the developing world: 1.4 million people are being added to urban areas each week, and by… [more]

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ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Today the aviation industry is responsible for about 2% of all GHG emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due to rapid industry growth. In response, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) has been negotiating a CO2 emissions standard for aircraft emissions with representatives from its member states, industry and non-governmental organizations. On February 8th, the CAEP unanimously approved a draft measure paving the way for final approval in 2016. If approved by the ICAO’s 36-State Governing Council, the new rules will become binding… [more]

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Trends to Watch in Alternative Energy: Firmly Entrenched in the Mainstream, Alternative Energy’s Momentum Accelerates

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: February 4, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Full Title: Trends to Watch in Alternative Energy: Firmly Entrenched in the Mainstream, Alternative Energy’s Momentum Accelerates Author(s): Marlene Motyka and John McCue Publisher(s): Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In recent years, there has been much discussion of alternative energy moving into the mainstream. While it hasn’t yet shed the “alternative” label, alternative energy’s shift to the mainstream is largely complete and likely irreversible. Despite continuing uncertainty over policy incentives and competition from historically low natural gas prices, alternative energy’s momentum continues to accelerate. In the case of wind and solar power,… [more]

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Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: at 1:46 PM

Full Title: Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels? Author(s): Thomas Covert, Michael Greenstone, and Christopher R. Knittel Publisher(s): Journal of Economic Perspectives Publication Date: 2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Scientists believe significant climate change is unavoidable without a drastic reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels. However, few countries have implemented comprehensive policies that price this externality or devote serious resources to developing low-carbon energy sources. In many respects, the world is betting that we will greatly reduce the use of fossil fuels because we will run out of inexpensive fossil fuels… [more]

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Grid Reliability: What Congress Can Learn From New York’s REV Initiative

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: February 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On a hot day in August 2003, a stretched transmission line tripped after dipping into an overgrown tree in Ohio. Soon after, multiple transmission lines nearby also tripped beginning what would become the second largest blackout at that time in history, impacting eight Northeastern states and Southern Canada. Since this massive blackout, power generation in the United States has changed dramatically both in form and quantity. In 2005, Congress recognized the need for mandatory grid reliability standards and expanded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority to regulate the bulk power system. However, despite FERC’s efforts to improve grid reliability,… [more]

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“Looking Back … and Looking Ahead”: Energy Sector Developments in 2015 That Will Continue to Shape the Energy Sector in 2016

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: January 21, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Full Title: “Looking Back … and Looking Ahead”: Energy Sector Developments in 2015 That Will Continue to Shape the Energy Sector in 2016 Author(s): Shearman and Sterling LLP Publisher(s): Shearman and Sterling LLP Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In December 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), authorizing budgetary resources for surface transportation programs for fiscal years 2016-2020, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Appropriations Act), an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. The FAST Act also contains provisions intended to improve… [more]

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Battery/Diesel Grid-Connected Microgrids: A Large-Scale, Industry-Based Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 20, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Full Title: Battery/Diesel Grid-Connected Microgrids: A Large-Scale, Industry-Based Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities Author(s): ABB Publisher(s): ABB Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy delivery service owning and operating approximately $11 billion of electricity and gas distribution assets that connect into more than 1.3 million Victorian homes and businesses, began investigating GESS in 2013. AusNet Services chose… [more]

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Solutions to Energy-Water Conflicts

Author(s): Ken Carlson
Dr. Ken Carlson
Colorado State University
Date: January 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Water and energy networks are inextricably linked. Energy production and electricity generation both require water. Conversely, treatment and distribution of water to consumers and wastewater collection and treatment depend on energy. There are multiple other connections between these two fundamental resources and therefore new paradigms are needed for increased usage efficiencies to minimize energy water conflicts, especially when considering that climate change will significantly impact both. Water has traditionally been abundant in the US, even in drier parts of the country where large, federally funded infrastructure projects have literally made the desert bloom. Energy was also largely readily available so… [more]

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Integrating Food, Energy and Water Systems to Beneficially Utilize Food Waste

Author(s): Serpil Guran
Director
Rutgers EcoComplex: New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Date: January 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Industry production systems underlying the Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) Nexus have traditionally treated pollution and waste as externalities that often end up in a landfill. Food waste is the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills today and is often the byproduct of many FEW Nexus inefficiencies. In the U.S., food harvesting, processing and transportation accounts for 10 percent of our energy. However, 40 percent of food goes uneaten and Americans are not only wasting the equivalent of $165 billion each year on this organic compound, but this food waste also adversely affects freshwater, chemicals, energy, and… [more]

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Report of the Thermal Energy Task Force

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Full Title: Report of the Thermal Energy Task Force Author(s): Maryland Energy Administration Publisher(s): Maryland Energy Administration Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The General Assembly created the Thermal Energy Task Force (“Task Force”) during the 2013 Legislative Session through the passage of SB 797/HB 1084. The legislation requires the Task Force to (1) analyze how to restructure the Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) to incorporate thermal energy sources, including energy generated by wood-derived biomass; (2) determine whether it is appropriate to create a separate compliance tier for thermal energy; (3) determine a method for awarding renewable energy credits… [more]

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