PJM on CPP: The Sky is Not Falling

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Critics of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan have claimed, among other things, that its imposition would result in power plant retirements, blackouts, and electricity price spikes. Those fears have helped fuel legislative opposition to CPP here in Pennsylvania. As Chicken Little would say: “The sky is...


Questioning Competitive Power Markets

Posted by Christina Simeone

On September 7, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee hosted the first in a series of hearings examining the effectiveness of the Federal Power Act (FPA). This first hearing focused on historical perspectives on the FPA, posing specific questions to understand the history and...


Powering Philadelphia’s Transit Future

Posted by Mollie Simon

What’s the best way to sustainably power our vehicles? Natural gas is undoubtedly cleaner than petroleum or diesel, but many argue that any move towards more fossil fuels is a step in the wrong direction. Electric vehicles are gaining in popularity. This spring SEPTA announced that they would add 25 electric buses in...


Material Climate Change Disclosure

Posted by Christina Simeone

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering enhancing corporate disclosure requirements related to climate change risks. Last month, the SEC wrapped up a 90-day comment period on its “concept release” effort to gather information needed to potentially modernize business and financial disclosure...


A Matter of Perspective

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

The U.S. Energy Information Administration this week said that carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas-fired electricity generation are surpassing those of coal-fired power: Source: It’s happening, EIA says, because in 2015, natural gas consumption was 81% higher...


NARUC’s Distributed Resources Manual

Posted by Christina Simeone

On July 23, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) – a non-profit organization focused on issues of importance to state public utility commission that regulate gas, electric, telecommunications, water, and other public services – hosted a town hall discussion of its draft Manual on...


Pathways to a Just Energy Transition

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Last September, I convened one of 14 listening sessions on Pennsylvania’s path to complying with the Clean Power Plan in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s soft coal country. That evening, I heard from elected officials, trade groups, and—most importantly—coal miners and their families. I’ll...


Implications of the Oil and Gas Debt Crisis

Posted by Christina Simeone

The oil price rally that began in February and peaked in June at over $52 a barrel (WTI) looks to be over, as prices have since plummeted, dipping below $40/barrel as of August 1. Gas prices still look to be rising compared to March lows, yet remaining stubbornly below $3/MMbtu. In other words, price recovery has not...


Can Fracking Be Sustainable?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Unconventional natural gas development in the US—and perhaps especially in Pennsylvania, the nation’s second largest producer—is marked by a lack of public confidence, a frayed social license to operate, and pipeline protests.  So far, moratoria or outright bans on the practice have been enacted in Maryland and New...


Debating Details of PURPA Qualifying Facilities

Posted by Christina Simeone

In June, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted a technical conference to examine implementation issues under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), focusing specifically on Qualifying Facilities (QFs). PURPA's QF policy was one of the nation's first to promote development of...


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