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Sep08

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...

Aug29

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...

Aug22

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...

Aug18

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: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=27552 It’s happening, EIA says, because in 2015, natural gas consumption was 81% higher...

Aug12

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...

Aug09

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...

Aug02

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...

Aug01

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...

Jul29

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...

Jul28

SpaceX Can Be a Model for Energy Industry

Posted by Bill Hederman, Senior Fellow

Last week, I was privileged to be invited by NASA to view the historic launch of SpaceX Flight CRS 9 from Kennedy Space Center. In the early hours of July 18th, SpaceX successfully launched over 5,000 pounds of critical research supplies to be delivered to the space station for NASA. It was an awesome experience to...

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