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Oct25

Calculating the Cost of Climate Change

Posted by Mollie Simon

Devastating storms, dangerous flooding, raging wildfires—the past few months have seen some of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history. Hurricane Harvey brought massive flooding throughout Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma brought major damage to Florida and the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico is still...

Oct10

From Connecticut to Carnot: Meeting Gina McCarthy

Posted by Gavriela Reiter

In fourth grade, my mom commuted weekly from my elementary school outside of New Haven, CT to our state capitol in Hartford, CT. The local power company had proposed to place high voltage power lines next to my school and other community centers, raising concerns over cancer risks to children. Each week, I saw my mom...

Oct02

U.S. Crewed

Posted by William Hederman

The first time I heard this term, I thought the person was saying "U.S. crude." The discussion, however, was related to the Quadrennial Energy Review and the topic was moving energy around the United States. A water transportation expert was explaining the implications of the Jones Act for a major disruption of energy...

Sep29

Perry’s Regulatory Curve Ball to Bail Out Baseload

Posted by Christina Simeone

Today, Secretary Perry of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a regulatory curve-ball aimed at protecting economically-failing coal and nuclear plants operating in competitive electricity markets. DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (entitled “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule”) on its website, requiring...

Sep28

Power Down in Puerto Rico

Posted by Mollie Simon

It has been almost a week since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. While the storm may be over, the struggle to restore power and rebuild the electric grid will continue for weeks and months to come. Officials estimate that it could take a minimum of four months, but likely six months, to recover...

Sep28

D.C. Appeals Decision; Ups Ante on PJM Stakeholder Agreement

Posted by Christina Simeone

Back on July 7, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected FERC’s order revising PJM Interconnection’s “Minimum Offer Price Rule” (MOPR), saying FERC exceeded its Section 205 authority under the Federal Power Act by commanding an entirely different approach to the MOPR than what PJM’s stakeholders agreed upon....

Sep25

A Looming Bust for U.S. Solar Industry?

Posted by Christina Simeone

The U.S. solar market may soon be heading into a very dark place. Back in July, I mentioned the international trade case threatening to upend solar markets.  Well, on Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously found that American solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and equipment...

Sep13

Part 2: Artificial Arctic Feedback Loops: How Might Market Forces and Geopolitics Influence an Evolving North?

Posted by Oscar Serpell

This blog is a continuation of Part 1 The United States Geological survey estimates that the arctic region could hold enormous quantities of oil and gas; 13% and 30% respectively of the planet’s undiscovered reserves. Over the last several decades, various attempts have been made to extract fossil fuel resources from...

Sep11

Part 1: Artificial Arctic Feedback Loops: How Might Market Forces and Geopolitics Influence an Evolving North?

Posted by Oscar Serpell

The Paris Climate agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, brought together nearly 200 countries to address the mitigation of extreme climate change. The parties agreed that each country would submit a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), with an overall goal of reducing global greenhouse gas...

Sep08

Examining the Role of Early-Stage Venture Capital Investment in Energy

Posted by Peter Sopher, Kleinman-Birol Fellow

VC deal flows for companies with solar module and component technologies – such as cells, wafers and panels – have fallen in recent years while startups with business models related to providing financial and marketplace solutions for developing solar projects have received relatively more investment  The following is...

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