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Getting Past Rate Fixation to the Benefits of the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: May 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Making use of energy efficiency can help contain the cost of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and reduce electricity bills. Yet as climate policy discussions try to balance the urgent demand for quick action with upfront capital investments, the benefits of energy efficiency must be viewed in the long term. As efficiency programs are being ramped up by utilities with an over-capacity of power plants, rates may rise for a few years before they fall. Policymakers and stakeholders need to get past “rate fixation” to see the long-term value of energy efficiency. With the strong “nudge” of the… [more]

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Clean Energy Partners: Solutions for Energy Security and Economic Growth

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Full Title: Clean Energy Partners: Solutions for Energy Security and Economic Growth Author(s): Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) Publisher(s): Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) Publication Date: 2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Reliable and affordable energy is a fundamental part of our lives. Energy is needed to provide heat, light and cooking in our homes; it is used for communication, transportation and industrial processes; and it is the engine that supports our country’s economy. Reliable and affordable clean energy options address two of our nation’s most pressing challenges: economic growth and energy security. The Business Council for Sustainable… [more]

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How the EPA Should Modify Its Proposed 111(d) Regulations to Allow States to Comply By Taxing Pollution

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:47 PM

Full Title: How the EPA Should Modify Its Proposed 111(d) Regulations to Allow States to Comply By Taxing Pollution Author(s): Michael Wara, Adele Morris, and Marta R. Darby Publisher(s): Brookings Institution Publication Date: 10/24 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising its authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to limit U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing stationary sources, beginning with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units (EGUs, power plants, or covered sources) [1]. This comment examines the extent to which EPA’s proposed rule for existing power… [more]

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The Nuclear Investment Vacuum

Author(s): Michael S. Lubell
Professor of Physics
City College of the City University of New York
Date: at 8:00 AM

The low cost and abundance of natural gas is rapidly causing utility companies to replace coal plants and aging nuclear power plants with gas-fired power plants. The widespread transition to natural gas highlights a need for the nuclear industry to focus on innovation as a means of regaining its competitiveness. Yet innovation requires long-term investment, and the nuclear sector faces structural difficulties in procuring the necessary funds to develop promising technologies. Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, draw a strong distinction between basic research, which they generally accept as a federal responsibility, and applied research, which they believe… [more]

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Commodity Market Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 15, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Full Title: Commodity Market Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Author(s): Trevor Houser, John Larsen, Sarah Ladislaw, Michelle Melton, Whitney Ketchum, and Shashank Mohan Publisher(s): Center for International Strategic Studies Publication Date: 02/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): On June 2, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Clean Power Plan (CPP), a proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from the nation’s existing fossil fuel-fired generation facilities. As the central pillar of the Obama Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change, the draft rule’s release was both highly anticipated and contentious. New York-based economic research firm Rhodium Group (RHG)… [more]

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The Role of Innovation in Meeting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Author(s): Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
Date: May 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, meant to reduce carbon by 30% by 2030, is expected to be accomplished through a combination of improving existing power plants, switching to cleaner generation, boosting renewables, and improving energy efficiency. It is more than likely that the global economy’s ability to innovate and drive economies of scale will significantly ease this transition, providing as yet unknown but superior alternatives. Consider this: the wind and solar industries barely existed five years ago. Today, costs of wind have fallen by 58% in the last five years, and the price of installed solar has plummeted by… [more]

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Economic Letter: Crude Oil Export Ban Benefits Some … but Not All

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 8, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Full Title: Economic Letter: Crude Oil Export Ban Benefits Some … but Not All Author(s): Michael D. Plante Publisher(s): Dallas Fed Publication Date: 07/2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Lifting the U.S. ban on crude oil exports would alleviate a growing glut of oil at the Gulf Coast refineries and should eventually reduce retail gasoline and diesel prices, benefiting U.S. consumers.

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Natural Gas and Reliability

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 12:03 PM

Full Title: Natural Gas and Reliability Author(s): America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Publisher(s): America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Publication Date: 05/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The electric utility industry, regulators and policymakers know that we need clean, efficient and affordable electricity to reduce emissions and strengthen our economy. Clean, abundant and affordable natural gas is ready to play an even greater role in the diverse mix of energy sources that will power America’s future. As we contemplate our energy choices, it’s worthwhile to consider a number of facts: As a result of the shale revolution, America has vast supplies… [more]

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The New Energy Landscape

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 11:26 AM

Full Title: The New Energy Landscape Author(s): Goldman Sachs Publisher(s): Goldman Sachs Publication Date: 04/2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Less than a decade ago, the global energy forecast seemed bleak. Global demand quickly outpaced new sources of supply, driving oil’s march toward an unprecedented high of $145 per barrel. Rising prices put downward pressure on global economic growth, and many countries, including the U.S., were largely dependent on foreign supplies. In 2006, the U.S. — the world’s largest consumer — imported 56 percent of its total oil consumption. Fear of geopolitical events impacting access to energy increased, along with concerns… [more]

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End the Crude Oil Export Ban

Author(s): Senator Lisa Murkowski (R – AK)
United States Senator, State of Alaska
Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Date: May 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Some of America’s oldest allies are heavily reliant on unappealing sources of oil and our nation’s resource abundance places us in a position to render vital assistance. The International Energy Agency estimates that in 2012 the United Kingdom depended on Russia for 12 percent of its crude oil imports, a relatively modest proportion when compared to the Netherlands (31 percent) and Poland (96 percent). All told, Russian oil accounts for approximately one-third of European Union imports. Meanwhile, Italy receives some 21 percent of its imported crude from Libya, and other key partners — India, Japan, and South Korea — bank… [more]

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