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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
Administrator
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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Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 16, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Full Title: Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation Author(s): A GTM Research Whitepaper Publisher(s): GTM Research Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): ​​The three GTM Research-identified pathways: ​”​The Advanced Energy Consumer,​”​ ​”​The Innovative Regulator,​”​ and ​”​The Proactive Energy Provider”​ offer some milestones as to when various grid edge technology decisions are likely to be made. Though some of these may appear on the surface to have similar tendencies, it can be used as a framework for solution providers to plan where their offerings could offer the most value to utilities and energy providers undergoing this transformation.

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Oil Medium-Term Market Report

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 13, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Full Title: Oil Medium-Term Market Report: Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2019 Author(s): International Energy Agency Publisher(s): International Energy Agency Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): While the non-conventional supply revolution that is reshaping the oil market and industry has been widely recognised as a game changer, this transformation is playing out in unexpected ways and against an evolving backdrop. How long will the rise in US tight oil and Canadian oil sands last and where will it leave North American oil production at the end of the decade? Will other countries have managed to replicate the US success… [more]

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Forecasting the limits to the availability and diversity of global conventional oil supply: Validation

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Full Title: Forecasting the limits to the availability and diversity of global conventional oil supply: Validation Author(s): John L. Hallock Jr., Wei Wu, Charles A.S. Hall, Michael Jefferson Publisher(s): Elsevier, Energy Policy Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Oil and related products continue to be prime enablers of the maintenance and growth of nearly all of the world’s economies. The dramatic increase in the price of oil through mid-2008, along with the coincident (and possibly resultant) global recession, highlight our continued vulnerability to future limitations in the supply of cheap oil. The very large differences between the various… [more]

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