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Archived Since:April 4, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own. read more

The Future of RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies. read more

High Inventories Help Push Crude Oil Prices to Lowest Levels in 13 Years

Several factors have played a part in pushing U.S. crude oil prices below $30 per barrel (b), including high inventory levels of crude oil, uncertainty about global economic growth, volatility in equity and nonenergy commodity markets, and the potential for additional crude oil supply to enter the market. read more

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits. read more

Keystone Redux: TransCanada is Now Seeking An Ocean Route for its Dirty Tar Sands

The company that eventually lost a bid to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (and has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for $15 billion for lost profits) is eyeing to get its tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast another way: by sea. read more

Virginia Legislators Look to Tax Breaks and Barrier-Busting to Boost Renewable Energy

The orchestrated mayhem of the Virginia General Assembly session is well underway. Weeks have passed and not much time remains until what’s known as “Crossover,” after which any bill that hasn’t passed its own chamber is effectively dead. read more

A Global Agreement on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

2015 was the warmest year on record, using temperatures measured over the entire year on both land and ocean surfaces. The high temperatures averaged worldwide have produced large numbers of extreme weather events, especially heat waves, over the last five years. read more

State RPSs Central to Renewable Energy Growth

Federal energy policy developments received a significant amount of attention in 2015: The Clean Power Plan and renewable energy tax credits dominated headlines. However, this focus on national issues tends to obscure critical actions at the local and state levels that are just as important for energy systems. read more

Does Electricity Deregulation Hurt Renewable Energy Policy?

Over the past three decades, the governance of electricity generation has undergone a number of important reforms. In many countries, governments have moved away from the traditional state monopoly of generation, transmission, and distribution of power. read more

Three Keys to Successful Industrial Policy in Developing Countries

Despite industrial policy’s comeback and the acknowledgement of the failures of the “free market”, “growth-first” approach to development, we have not yet seen many states breaking the mould and implementing radically different economic policy agendas. read more

FERC vs. EPSA Ruling: A Win for Demand Response and Energy Storage

Demand Response and Energy Storage companies will benefit enormously from the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority to regulate demand response programs in wholesale markets. read more

Sensible Subsidies

Governments often offer subsidies to consumers for clean-technology products, from home solar panels to electric vehicles. But what are the right levels of subsidy? Governments can easily make subsidies too low when they ignore a basic problem: Consumer demand for these products is usually highly uncertain. read more

Why Oil Under $30 per Barrel is a Major Problem

A person often reads that things like the current trend of low oil prices – for example, $30 per barrel oil prices – will actually stimulate the economy, and the economy will soon bounce back. But what is wrong with this story? A lot of things, as I see it. read more

The UK Plans to Become a Global Center for Small Nuclear Reactors. Can it Succeed?

In addition to its plans for building four huge nuclear power stations, the UK government has also announced it wants to become a global Centre for the development and manufacturing of small modular reactors. This blog post assesses the UK’s plans and concludes that it could succeed, maybe. read more

Changing Contract Expiration Dates Will Affect Crude Oil Futures Comparisons

A change to the North Sea Brent crude oil futures contract is altering the way prices for Brent futures are compared to futures prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil. Beginning January 29th, the Brent contract will expire, or rollover to the next month. read more

Fatal Flaws In EPA's Latest Voluntary Methane Program Highlight Need For Concrete Rules

The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program unveiled last week by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a perfect example of what can go wrong when the agency tries too hard to entice an unwilling industry to engage. read more

Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid

Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one. read more

It Really Was A Trillion Dollar Blunder

A few days after Christmas I appeared on CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box to discuss the volatility in the oil market. Bernie Lo asked a question about OPEC’s strategy, and I characterized their decision to defend market share as “a big, costly mistake” that had already cost the group over $500 billion. read more

Trending Topics: Four Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of the Wholesale Power Market

Electricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but things may be about to change. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to modernize America’s regulated wholesale power markets. read more

China Coal Use Falls for Second Year in a Row: IEA Boss

Driven mostly by a need to get local air pollution under control, China has put a 2020 cap on coal emissions. Less economic emphasis is being put on energy-intensive industries such as steel manufacturing and big investment continues in renewables. read more

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