Highlights from September 2021

Each month OurEnergyPolicy features and highlights the latest additions to the OurEnergyLibrary, a free resource that aggregates and indexes publicly available studies, journal articles, reports, and other materials on U.S. energy topics. Containing more than 6,100 publications, the OurEnergyLibrary will help you stay up to date on the most relevant and impactful energy resources from academia, government, industry, non-profits, think tanks, and trade associations.


 

New Blueprint for Solar from the U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new study, titled the “Solar Futures Study,” that shows that by 2035, solar has the potential to power 40 percent of the country’s energy, help increase grid decarbonization, and add new energy jobs. The report’s findings call for a large deployment of clean energy sources, punctuating President Biden’s push to address climate change and increase renewable power access.
 

U.S. Department of Energy Report on Solar

Solar Futures Study
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September 8, 2021
U.S. Department of Energy

 

Clean Electricity Payment Program (CEPP)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the $150 billion Clean Electricity Performance Program Sept. 14, along with billions of dollars in other spending for electric vehicles, transmission and other energy and climate priorities that are part of the committee’s section of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
 

Resources on the Clean Electricity Payment Plan


 

Budget Reconciliation

Both chambers of Congress have passed the resolution outlining the budget, with instructions for the committees to draft $3.5 trillion in new spending. Work continues to complete policy details and financial. It will then be up to the House and Senate to vote on identical versions of a final bill before sending it to President Biden for his signature.
 

Resources on the Budget Reconciliation


 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The bill awaits approval by the House before it can head to President Biden’s desk. The bill would provide $7.5 billion for zero- and low-emission buses and ferries, another $7.5 billion would go to building a nationwide network of plug-in electric vehicle chargers, and a $65 billion investment to rebuild the electric grid. Additional funding would go towards improving power system resiliency, cleaning up Superfund and brownfield sites, and reclaiming abandoned mine land and cap orphaned wells.

 

Resources on Infrastructure

Modeling The Infrastructure Bills Using The Energy Policy Simulator
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October 12, 2021
Energy Innovation
Greenhouse Gas Pollution Estimates of Proposed U.S. Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
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October 12, 2021
Oil Change International
The 3rd National Risk Assessment: Infrastructure on the Brink
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October 12, 2021
First Street Foundation
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Could Reshape DOE’s RD&D Portfolio Over the Next 5 Years – in a Good Way
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September 22, 2021
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Federal-State Partnerships: Tackling Climate through Infrastructure
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September 21, 2021
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (NI), Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE)
Administrative Pathways to a Federal Buy Clean Program
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August 13, 2021
Third Way
Equity-Focused Climate Strategies for Nevada
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August 4, 2021
Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE)
Why the BID is a BIG Down Payment on Clean Energy
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August 2, 2021
Third Way
Economic Perspectives on Infrastructure Investment
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July 14, 2021
Aspen Economic Strategy Group
The Federal THRIVE Act for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District:How THRIVE Strengthens the Economy, Protects the Environment, and Creates Jobs
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July 14, 2021
University of Massachusetts Amherst Political Economy Research Institute
The Clean Economy Revolution Will Be Unionized: A Road Map From States on Creating Good, Union Jobs To Build the Clean Energy Economy
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July 7, 2021
Center for American Progress, Bluegreen Alliance, League of Conservation Voters
Addressing NEPA-Related Infrastructure Delays
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July 7, 2021
R Street Institute
Climate and Power System Reliability in the Aftermath of the Texas Blackouts
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July 1, 2021
International Association for Energy Economics
Ocean Infrastructure Priorities
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June 23, 2021
Data for Progress, Urban Ocean Lab, Center for American Progress
Sustainable Mobility: Renewable Hydrogen in the Transport Sector
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June 18, 2021
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School