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...


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...


In PA, More Jobs in Clean Energy Than Fossil Fuels

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

A new study presented by Environmental Entrepreneurs and the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance has found that in 2015 the clean energy sector in Pennsylvania—which includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation, and greenhouse gas management and accounting—employed more than 66,000 workers...


Exploring Exelon’s Microgrid Efforts

Posted by Christina Simeone

Exelon, through its regulated and competitive affiliates, is spearheading proposals in multiple states to build and pilot microgrid projects. Microgrids are mini-electric grids complete with generation and distribution capabilities that can connect and disconnect from the larger electricity grid.  Since microgrids can...


Are renewables alone a safe bet to get U.S. to 50% clean power by 2025?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Last month at the North American Leaders’ Summit, the US, Canada, and Mexico announced a goal of achieving 50% clean power across North America by 2025.  Will the US get there with renewables – which for this discussion I’ll limit to solar and wind power - alone? As this excellent Washington Post article points out,...


Glance into the Pre-Conference U.S. Energy Bill

Posted by Christina Simeone

Back on April 20, I was shocked to hear the U.S. Senate had passed energy legislation (S.2012).  This was just a few months following the U.S. House passing similar legislation (H.R. 8) back in December 3, 2015.  I was so surprised because this meant the largely ineffective Congress was only a conference committee –...


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