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Should We Continue Tax Credits for Carbon Capture?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM

As a party to the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States affirmed its continued commitment to significantly reducing carbon emissions by 2025. According to the Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency, achieving large CO2 reductions will require an “all of the above approach” with new and innovative energy technologies playing a primary role in any successful CO2 mitigation strategy. One technology receiving bipartisan support from a number of policymakers is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). In February Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX 11th Dist.) introduced a bill, which would expand and create a permanent tax credit for CCS. Senator… [more]

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The Future Is Here – Do We Embrace It or Not?

Author(s): Scott Sklar
President
The Stella Group, LTD
Date: April 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Over 20 states are reviewing their net-metering rules for solar energy and at least 10 are conducting value of distributed generation studies. But is this just delaying the inevitable — that states must embrace policies that promote energy saving technologies rather than sustain their traditional grids? And are solar energy systems the only culprit? In fact, energy conservation technologies have already significantly impacted baseload demand patterns. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), light-emitting diode (LED) installations increased in all applications between 2012 and 2014, more than quadrupling to 215 million units overall. Energy Star notes “In 2014…American families and… [more]

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Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 6, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Full Title: Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction Author(s): Heather Cooley and Kristina Donnelly Publisher(s): The Pacific Institute Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Natural gas has been touted by some as a key “bridge fuel” that will transition the United States toward a more low-carbon energy economy. Energy analysts, including the United States Energy Information Administration (U.S. EIA), project that the United States will become increasingly reliant on natural gas. According to U.S. EIA estimates released in January 2012, natural gas production is projected to increase by nearly 30% over the next… [more]

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Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil and Shale Gas Boom

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 3:10 PM

Full Title: Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil and Shale Gas Boom Author(s): J. David Hughes Publisher(s): Postcarbon Institute Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Drilling Deeper reviews the twelve shale plays that account for 82% of the tight oil production and 88% of the shale gas production in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reference case forecasts through 2040. It utilizes all available production data for the plays analyzed, and assesses historical production, well- and field-decline rates, available drilling locations, and well-quality trends for each play,… [more]

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Approaches to Address Potential CO2 Emissions Leakage to New Sources under the Clean Power Plan

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 12:01 PM

Full Title: Approaches to Address Potential CO2 Emissions Leakage to New Sources under the Clean Power Plan Author(s): Resources for the Future (RFF) Publisher(s): Resources for the Future (RFF) Publication Date: 01/2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): To guide state implementation of the Clean Power Plan, EPA has proposed a model rule for states that regulates only existing affected generating units on a mass basis. The model rule also is expected to form the basis for a federal plan. The model rule, when finalized, would be presumptively approvable for states. Our comments are presented as 10 recommendations that are… [more]

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Are Wholesale Electricity Markets Working?

Author(s): Alex Gilbert
Cofounder
Spark Library
Date: April 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM

In the last twenty years, the United States has been in the process of restructuring its electricity generation. Today, wholesale electric markets are controlled by regional transmission organizations (RTO) and independent system operators (ISO) that direct electric grid operations and run day-ahead and real-time pricing. These grid operators, which are regulated by FERC, now oversee more than two-thirds of America’s bulk power system and are meant to create value by improving system reliability and lowering electricity costs. However, there are serious questions about whether RTOs/ISOs are operating efficiently. Areas of concern include 1) whether reliability is improving and costs are… [more]

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State of the U.S. Solar Market: How Valuable are State Subsidies?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Solar power generation in the U.S. is on the rise with an added 7.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity in 2015. Demand for solar is projected to increase as much as 119% in 2016. Some believe that growth in the U.S. solar market is primarily influenced by federal and state subsidies and tax credits, such as the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is a 30% federal tax credit for residential and commercial solar projects available through 2019. Until recently, state incentives have also impacted the growing U.S. solar market. Nationwide, states have started rolling back tax credits… [more]

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Innovative Energy Technologies: The Next Generation

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 25, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Full Title: Innovative Energy Technologies: The Next Generation Author(s): Carnegie Mellon University Scott Institute Publisher(s): Carnegie Mellon University Scott Institute Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Our lifestyle is sustained by energy. Energy increases our daily productivity and quality of life. These may include daily activities such as making our homes warm or cool, moving us from one place to another in our car, or running machines like refrigerators, washers, televisions, and computers. Just as we draw upon the energy stored in fat cells in our body to move throughout our day, we draw upon energy stored as gasoline… [more]

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Renewable Electricity Generation and Storage Technologies

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 11:35 AM

Full Title: Renewable Electricity Generation and Storage Technologies Author(s): Publisher(s): Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The United States has diverse and abundant renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar, and wind resources. These renewable resources are geographically constrained but widespread—most are distributed across all or most of the contiguous states. Within these broad resource types, a variety of commercially-available renewable electricity generation technologies have been deployed in the United States and other countries, including stand-alone biopower, co-fired biopower (in coal plants), hydrothermal geothermal, hydropower, distributed PV, utility-scale PV, CSP, onshore wind, and fixed-bottom offshore wind. Today, these… [more]

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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 11:18 AM

Full Title: Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 Author(s): United Nations Environmental Programme Publisher(s): United Nations Environmental Programme Publication Date: 01/201 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Renewable energy set new records in 2015 for dollar investment, the amount of new capacity added and the relative importance of developing countries in that growth. All this happened in a year in which prices of fossil fuel commodities – oil, coal and gas – plummeted, causing distress to many companies involved in the hydrocarbon sector. So far, the drivers of investment in renewables, including climate change policies and improving cost-competitiveness, have been… [more]

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