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Supreme Court Stops Obama's Latest Power Grab

Ilya Shapiro Last night, while everyone was focused on New Hampshire, the Supreme Court issued an order that is likely to end up being more consequential than the primary victories of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders: By a vote of 5-4, it stayed the implementation of the so-called Clean Power Plan. Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Allocation of Wastewater Treatment Assistance: Formula and Other Changes'

Another Congressional Research Service water-related report, Allocation of Wastewater Treatment Assistance: Formula and Other Changes, by Claudia Copeland, released on 5 February 2016. Download CRS_WWT_Assistance Summary Congress established...Show More Summary

The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

Electricity in the U.S. is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. These changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other. read more

A Universal Grid

Right of ways are required to ensure providers can build, operate and maintain systems that bring energy from its points of production to its points of consumption. In view of the difficulty in obtaining them, the fewer we can get by with the better. read more

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the NERC, the organization which oversees the reliability of the North American electricity system, provides some answers. read more

Incentives Are the Key to Federal Land Management

Randal O'Toole The standoff in eastern Oregon has once again focused attention on the role of federal lands in the West. Everyone agrees that these lands are valuable, yet they cost taxpayers more than $5 billion in 2015. Solving this...Show More Summary

Demand Response Saves Electricity During Times of High Demand

Demand response in the electricity market involves the targeted reduction of electricity use during times of high demand. A recent Supreme Court ruling is expected to result in faster growth in demand response in the wholesale electricity markets that cover about 60% of U.S. power supply. read more

Students See Clean Energy in Action on IAP Wind Turbine Tour

On one of the coldest days in January, a group of MIT students and staff boarded a bus to the small peninsula town of Hull, Massachusetts, for an MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) wind turbine tour during the Institute’s Independent Activities Period (IAP). read more

New Report Confirms FirstEnergy's $4-Billion Boondoggle

FirstEnergy’s plea to keep four aging power plants alive will cost Ohio customers almost $4 billion, according to a new study out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The proposal is currently in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). read more

Brian Bagnell's Tips for Smart Oil and Gas Investing

Brian Bagnell, CFA, is a research analyst in Canadian oil and gas company analysis for Macquarie Capital Markets. He was formerly an investment associate at NB Investment Management. He holds a bachelor's in business administration (finance and accounting) from the University of New Brunswick. read more

News Updates from ANS, Third Way

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) introduced the Nuclear in the States Toolkit, Version 1.0 at a media event in Washington, D.C. The toolkit catalogs policies related to new and existing nuclear reactors for state policymakers to consider as they draft their Clean Power Plan compliance strategies. read more

News: Megawatts or Negawatts? That is the Question, and the Supreme Court Decided It

Amid Snowzilla’s winter of discontent, the Supreme Court ruled on EPSA v. FERC, a case that had the power to define the future of the demand response market. In a big win for advanced energy, the court ruled that the FERC’s) Order 745 would stay in place. read more

Wednesday Bytes: Ericsson, Lumos, Calix, CyrusOne

Here's a quick roundup of news that spans multiple segments:... [visit site to read more]

Sakib Hasan Comments on The Torch of 2011

I posted the original "Torch of 2011" on July 19th of that year. Within a few weeks, I received 12 comments in responce. The last responce came over two years later. I had not responded to it before, and beg to be excused from failing to perform that obligation at the time The comment was received. Show More Summary

Considering Microsoft’s Undersea Data Centers

Over the last week or so, various news outlets have been talking about Microsoft Research's Project Natick, which is testing data center capsules submerged under the ocean. It's a fascinating experiment, and one which makes me wonder just how much Microsoft wants to be Google. Is it one likely to shake things up?... [visit […]

The Torch of 2011 Revisited

This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a very personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,"Can I survive climate change energy solutions?" I realized during That time that low cost, dispatchabel electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Blocks Clean Power Plan

The US Supreme Court yesterday delivered a major blow to President Obama’s climate change policy by temporarily halting the implementation of the Clean Power Plan while an appeals court considers a legal challenge to the rule that aims to regulate coal-burning power plant emissions. The Clean Power Plan requires existing coal-burning power plants to cut […]

Obama’s Spending Plan Pumps $260M into Water Technology R&D

President Obama’s budget includes almost $260 million to fund a water innovation strategy, which the White House says will boost water sustainability and reduce the price and energy costs of new water supply technology. It’s a mere drop in the bucket of the president’s $4.1 trillion spending request to Congress for fiscal year 2017. And […]

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