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A Clean Energy Economy for Missouri: Analysis of the Rural Economic Development Potential of Renewable Resources

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Date: February 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Full Title: A Clean Energy Economy for Missouri: Analysis of the Rural Economic Development Potential of Renewable Resources Author(s): Martin R. Cohen Publisher(s): Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In this time of global economic adversity, the state of Missouri is facing an unprecedented set of economic and energy challenges. Missouri, however, is also one of the most fertile states for the production of clean energy. Within its borders, dispersed across the state, are vast resources of wind, land, and water—all the ingredients needed for Missouri to become a national leader in new energy development, creating tens of… [more]

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U.S. Energy Efficiency Potential Through 2035

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Date: at 2:32 PM

Full Title: U.S. Energy Efficiency Potential Through 2035 Author(s): Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Publisher(s): Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Publication Date: 04/2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Electricity plays an integral role in supporting the standard of living to which Americans have grown accustom, enabling comfort, convenience, health and safety, security, and productivity in its traditional end-use applications, including air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration, and motive power. Moreover, the computational and communications infrastructure associated with our digital economy depends on electricity – from powering data centers to charging ever- proliferating mobile electronic devices. Understanding growth in demand is key… [more]

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The ‘Shale Gas Revolution’: Developments and Changes

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Date: at 2:18 PM

Full Title: Author(s): Publisher(s): Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): In September 2010, Chatham House published a report by this author entitled The ‘Shale Gas Revolution’: Hype and Reality. The report, after describing the ‘shale gas revolution’ in the United States, then considered two key questions: could the revolution continue there and could it be replicated elsewhere? The answers to both questions were ambivalent. The resulting uncertainty was beginning to inhibit investment in conventional and unconventional gas. Thus the report argued that in five to ten years’ time, given that gas demand would continue to grow, there could… [more]

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Is there a Policy Path that Pursues Today’s Greenhouse Gains while Building the Capacity to Solve Tomorrow’s Grander Challenges?

Author(s): Andrew Revkin
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding
Pace University
Date: February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Transitioning to a non-polluting energy menu and safe climate in a world of growing energy needs and persistently abundant fossil fuels is a tough task, whatever path you favor. And realistically, there will be no single path, as the flexible architecture of the Paris climate agreement reflects. In the United States, for example, there are places where new nuclear plants have a chance, and places where solar and wind power can have a greatly increased role. In every country, in fact, with its own unique energy mix, the challenge posed by simple inertia in physical systems and in social, financial… [more]

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An American Clean Revolution: Why the US Should Play to Win on the Clean Economy

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Date: February 17, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Full Title: An American Clean Revolution: Why the US Should Play to Win on the Clean Economy Author(s): Bill Moomaw, Steve Westly, Paul Dolan Publisher(s): The Climate Group Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Two divergent paths. In the closing months of 2012, the US sits at a fork in the road in its quest to reverse the economic downturn and maintain its global leadership. There is broad consensus around the challenges to be solved: America needs more home-grown jobs, it needs to wean itself off foreign oil, it needs to re-establish its competitiveness with rapidly emerging economies… [more]

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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

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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

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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?

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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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