Discussing the Politics of PA’s Energy Future

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Some of the most “interesting” moments of my tenure as Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) involved the politics that shape our state’s rapidly-changing energy future. A year ago, during a public listening session on the Clean Power Plan, I was physically threatened by a climate...


The Natural Gas War on Coal

Posted by Christina Simeone

A study recently published in The Electricity Journal, written by two researchers (Dr. Walter Culver and Dr. Mingguo Hong) at Case Western Reserve University, is using data to confirm what many already believed to be true—that low priced natural gas, not a political “war on coal,” is leading to a decline in U.S. coal...


PJM's Proposal to Correct for State Subsidies

Posted by Christina Simeone

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog highlighting how competitive power markets are being challenged (for example by state-level policy interventions), identifying key themes going forward, and calling for creative solutions and leadership (as opposed to regression into re-regulation). This blog is going to highlight...


Part 2: What Do We Want the Legacy of Shale Gas to Be?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

  In my last post, I wrote about a new report from The Nature Conservancy and Carnegie Mellon University that discusses the next generation of environmental practices for shale gas development.  An important new analysis from CNA, a nonprofit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the ...


Part 1: What Do We Want the Legacy of Shale Gas to Be?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

A new report by The Nature Conservancy and Carnegie Mellon University discusses the next generation of environmental practices for shale gas development: In May, 2015, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) hosted a multi-sector, collaborative workshop to discuss how to advance the next...


Will the Dakota Access Pipeline be the Next Keystone?

Posted by Mollie Simon

In North Dakota, environmentalists have been fighting hard and winning big on the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The 1,200 mile pipeline would cost $3.7 billion and would pass through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, caring 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil a day to the Gulf of Mexico....


Privatizing Centralized Nuclear Waste Storage

Posted by Christina Simeone

In August, the Kleinman Center released a report, “Nuclear Decommissioning: Paying More for Greater, Uncompensated Risks,” highlighting facts policymakers and communities should understand when considering support for economically challenged nuclear power plants.  The report identified how the federal government’s...


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...


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