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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
Administrator
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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Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 11:42 AM

Full Title: Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report Author(s): Maryland Energy Administration Publisher(s): Maryland Energy Administration Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Recognizing the value that microgrids can offer to energy surety and resiliency, on February 25, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley directed his Energy Advisor to lead a Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force (“Task Force”) to study the statutory, regulatory, financial, and technical barriers to the deployment of microgrids in Maryland. The Governor’s charge required the Task Force to develop a “roadmap for action” to pave the way for private sector deployment of microgrids across the State. As… [more]

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Could Hydropower Flood America With New Power?

Author(s): James Conca
Senior Scientist
UFA Ventures, Inc.
Date: January 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM

After the events of COP21, the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) goal to expand hydropower in America over the next few decades seems especially important. The existing hydro fleet was constructed over the course of an entire century and constitutes the longest-lived energy facilities in the world. NHA’s goal is to double hydropower by adding 60 GW of capacity by 2030 which will produce an additional 300 billion kWhs of electricity each year, without building a single new dam. Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz agrees, stating, “Hydropower can double its contributions by the year 2030. We have to pick up the covers… [more]

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U.S. – China Energy Cooperation: Risks, Opportunities and Solutions

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

At a recent event hosted by the Hudson Institute, energy professionals gathered to discuss energy issues affecting both the United States and China, with significant discussion centering on how low oil prices generally correlate with economic prosperity and stability – and vice versa. It is projected that China’s oil import dependence will rise from 60% in 2013 to 75% in 2035 and that, in the next 15 years, China will overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest oil consumer. Like the U.S., China’s sustained economic growth is directly influenced by the price of oil. Although crude oil price spikes are… [more]

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Should We Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a Revenue Stream?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: December 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The U.S. currently maintains one of the world’s largest stockpiles of government owned oil, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In response to the 1970s oil embargo and supply shocks, the U.S. created the SPR to ensure access to oil in the event of a severe energy supply interruption. The current SPR consists of four storage sites, housing 694 million barrels of oil that is equivalent to at least 90 days of net oil imports. The SPR has only been tapped three times, but the recent budget deal provides that the government sell 58 million barrels of oil to fund a… [more]

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Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: November 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Full Title: Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants Author(s): U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Publisher(s): U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): When a power company decides to close a nuclear power plant permanently, the facility must be decommissioned by safely removing it from service and reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits release of the property and termination of the operating license. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has strict rules governing nuclear power plant decommissioning, involving cleanup of radioactively contaminated plant systems and structures, and removal of the radioactive fuel. These requirements protect workers and… [more]

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Coordinating State and Federal Energy Policy in Support of Nuclear

Author(s): Dr. Andrew C. Kadak
President
Kadak Associates, Inc.
Date: November 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM

There is an inconvenient and uncomfortable truth that nuclear energy is a significant non-CO2 source of electrical power in the U.S. Despite the dramatic expansion of solar and wind, these alternative forms of energy only provide 15% of non-CO2 emitting power nationwide. Nuclear energy on the other hand, provides 63% of all CO2-free sources. Often when a utility decides to shut down a nuclear plant it is replaced by natural gas. But replacing nuclear with “clean” natural gas only adds to the global CO2 load. In fact, each 1,000 megawatts of nuclear power replaced by natural gas adds 3.6 million… [more]

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Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: November 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Full Title: Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region Author(s): Nancy Saracino, Jack Stoddard, and Cameron Prell, Crowell & Moring LLP Publisher(s): American Council on Renewable Energy Publication Date: 11/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Dynamic changes in markets and policy continue to create opportunities and present challenges for renewable generation in the western United States. Renewable supply in western states has continued to increase rapidly as a result of state and federal policy initiatives. In order to integrate further increases in renewable capacity, regulators are looking to increase energy storage and flexible demand response capacity, which can… [more]

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