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Aug02
2018

The Sand-Climate Nexus

Posted by Oscar Serpell

We need sand to protect our coastlines from sea-level rise, but we also need sand for our most effective emissions mitigation efforts.

Jul31
2018

A Closer Look at the Trump and Juncker Agreement

Posted by Anna Mikulska

The recent LNG agreement may not have teeth, but it might have impact.

Jul26
2018

PJM Stakeholders Self-Reflect

Posted by Christina Simeone

Improve your understanding of the stakeholder input on the PJM stakeholder process survey.

Jul24
2018

Con Edison Steam Pipe Explosion Prompts Evacuation

Posted by Oscar Serpell

The explosion of an 83-year-old steam pipe in Manhattan reminds us of the urgent need to address aging city infrastructure.

Jul12
2018

Why FERC’s PJM Capacity Market Order Could Herald Carbon Pricing

Posted by Christina Simeone

Could FERC's recent order proposing massive restructuring of PJM's capacity market have the unintended consequence of renewing state interest in market-wide carbon pricing?

Jul12
2018

FERC’s Order Redesigning PJM’s Capacity Market

Posted by Christina Simeone

FERC recently issued an order proposing signficant changes to PJM's capacity market with the goal of protecting markets from state subsidies, giving stakeholders just 90 days to weight in.

Jun29
2018

Energy-Transmission Price Correlation

Posted by Christina Simeone

In recent years, as energy prices in PJM have decreased, the portion of wholesale power costs associated with transmission has risen sharply.  Turns out this negative correlation has been driven by policy and is not likely to continue.

Jun25
2018

Natural Gas’ Methane Problem

Posted by Mollie Simon

A new study found that methane emissions from the U.S. natural gas sector are about 60 percent higher than the EPA’s original estimates. With coal on the decline and natural gas on the rise, are we swapping one climate catastrophe for another?

Jun20
2018

History May Tell How Long Pruitt Will Last at EPA

Posted by Andy Stone
Pruitt’s fate might be foretold by another dark era in EPA history, one with surreal parallels in the modern day.
Jun19
2018

The Distribution Grid Gap on Cybersecurity

Posted by Christina Simeone

As national debate over grid resilience and security drills down on saving at-risk generation units, the regulatory gap on cybersecurity protections at the distribution grid level allows for a target-rich environment that could reach the bulk power system. 

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