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Apr11
2018

The (Yet?) Non-existent Pipeline that Already Divides Europe

Anna Mikulska
Nord Stream 2 unearthed important issues that divide “old and new Europe.” While it could become an opportunity to “work out” the differences, it has become a political lightning rod that can significantly weaken the EU.
Apr05
2018

Fuel Efficiency Rollbacks Are Bad for Consumers, Climate, and Public Health

Mollie Simon
The Trump Administration announced the rollback of 2012 Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for vehicles citing concerns about vehicle safety, technology lapses, and the unpopularity of electric and cleaner cars.  
Mar29
2018

FERC Clean Energy Policy Roundup

Christina Simeone
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently taken a host of actions related to clean energy. Here is a run down, with a focus on PJM Interconnection.
Mar19
2018

5 Ways to Power Down

Mollie Simon
Did you know that the average member of the Penn community consumes over 15,000 kWh of energy in a given calendar year? Energy conservation saves energy, money, and emissions. 
Mar09
2018

Independent Monitor’s View of PJM Markets

Christina Simeone
On March 8, Monitoring Analytics, the independent market monitor for PJM Interconnection, released its 2017 "State of the Market" report. Here's a summary of some of its key findings.
Mar01
2018

Gazprom’s Toughest Competitors May Be from… Russia

Anna Mikulska
As the natural gas market rapidly globalizes, Gazprom must fend off competition from abroad. But the Russian energy giant also faces significant challenges at home.  
Feb22
2018

Assessing Competitiveness of Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Christina Simeone
Recently, Philadelphia Energy Solutions asserted its refinery complex is not antiquated, but “state of the art.” Let's explore that claim with some real data.
Feb21
2018

New FERC Rule Grows Clean Energy's Role in Grid Resilience

Thomas Lee
What does last week's ruling on primary frequency response mean for grid resilience and clean energy? And what limitations exist under this new rule?
Feb05
2018

Part 4: The Speculative Future of Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Christina Simeone
Philadelphia Energy Solutions forecasts a rosy picture following a Chapter 11 reorganization. But the refinery still faces some fundamental challenges.
Feb04
2018

Part 3: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Investors Prioritized Stronger Investments

Christina Simeone
Many of the challenges stressing Philadelphia Energy Solutions were known and anticipated. And investors may have sacrificed PES for the benefit of more profitable projects.

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