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May02

Is a Proposed Kentucky Solar Farm on Mine Lands a Model for PA?

Posted by John Quigley

Recently, Kentucky coal company Berkeley Energy Group, along with EDF Renewable Energy and former state Auditor Adam Edelen, announced a feasibility study for a project that would convert a former Kentucky mountaintop removal strip mine into a 100 megawatt solar farm—the largest in the state and ten times the size...

Apr26

Why You Should Be Concerned About DOE’s Electricity Study

Posted by Christina Simeone

If you like markets, renewable energy, innovation, clean air, and/or logic, you should probably be concerned about DOE Secretary Perry’s April 14th memo calling for a 60-day study examining electricity markets and reliability that is to develop the Trump administration’s approach to electricity policy. The memo...

Apr17

Part 2: The Future of the Clean Power Plan: No Easy Way Out

Posted by Oscar Serpell

This blog is a direct continuation of Part 1 In the first half of this policy analysis, Trump’s request to revisit the Clean Power Plan rule, and the possible reasons for doing so were discussed in detail. It is now up to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether they will continue to hear the Clean Power Plan...

Apr17

Part 1: The Future of the Clean Power Plan: No Easy Way Out

Posted by Oscar Serpell

The Kleinman Center’s Energy Policy Now podcast recently interviewed Cary Coglianese, a Penn professor of Law and Political Science, and the Director of the Penn Program on Regulation, on President Trump’s push for deregulation of environmental protections. During the episode, Coglianese shared his interpretation of...

Apr13

Playing for Our Future

Posted by Mollie Simon

What can a strategy game teach us about real-world sustainability? It turns out quite a lot. Last week, the Kleinman Center gathered Penn faculty and students for a playful game of Stress Nexus—a board game that teaches players to balance water, food, and energy for a sustainable planet.   Perspectivity, the Dutch non...

Apr12

The New Climate Normal for Utility Weather Forecasts

Posted by Christina Simeone

In February, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) filed a rate increase request with the PA Public Utility Commission, citing warmer weather as a culprit for lower than expected gas sales, prompting the need to raise rates. Though not explicitly stated, PGW has connected the warmer weather patterns to climate change. Among...

Mar31

Helping Coal

Posted by William Hederman, Senior Fellow

The Trump Administration has taken a set of aggressive steps to help re-invigorate the nation’s coal industry through the relaxation of regulations. Helping “coal country,” especially helping the coal miners and their communities, is a praise-worthy goal. I am not sure, however, that the announced measures can achieve...

Mar27

Wither the Rooftop Resi Market?

Posted by Zachary N. Goldstein, Guest Contributor

With the shutdown of NRG’s Home Solar division, David Crane’s bold foray into the residential solar market was abandoned, and the recent bankruptcy of Sungevity has similarly emphasized distress within residential rooftop solar.  Yet as the US solar market doubled in the year 2016, it is clear residential solar is not...

Mar24

Deep Decarbonization in Deep Trouble

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

If the world is to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit the rise in global mean temperature to “well below” 2°C, an energy transition of exceptional scope, depth and speed is required by 2050, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency...

Mar17

BlackRock Believes in Climate Change

Posted by Christina Simeone

In the same week President Trump moved towards climate change denial by proposing to eliminate funding for a wide variety of climate change programs – from regulatory programs at the U.S. EPA to science and research programs at NASA – the world’s largest asset manager took a huge step towards climate reality....

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