Once in a Lifetime Investment Opportunity to Trigger More Baseload Retirements in PJM

Posted by Christina Simeone

Billions of dollars in new gas generation investments will trigger more baseload retirements in PJM. And no, it is not renewables driving these plants out of the market in the Mid-Atlantic. And yes, low-priced natural gas is driving the retirement trends.  But, it is more complicated than that.  Risk-taking investors...


Transparency, Capping Returns a Must for Nuclear Subsidies

Posted by Christina Simeone

Pennsylvania policymakers are contemplating new subsidies for existing nuclear power plants. Honestly, I could argue for or against these subsidies, but that is for another day. Here are some principles Pennsylvania lawmakers should keep in mind if they are interested in supporting nuclear power. Transparency on Plant...


Is a Proposed Kentucky Solar Farm on Mine Lands a Model for PA?

Posted by John Quigley

Recently, Kentucky coal company Berkeley Energy Group, along with EDF Renewable Energy and former state Auditor Adam Edelen, announced a feasibility study for a project that would convert a former Kentucky mountaintop removal strip mine into a 100 megawatt solar farm—the largest in the state and ten times the size...


Why You Should Be Concerned About DOE’s Electricity Study

Posted by Christina Simeone

If you like markets, renewable energy, innovation, clean air, and/or logic, you should probably be concerned about DOE Secretary Perry’s April 14th memo calling for a 60-day study examining electricity markets and reliability that is to develop the Trump administration’s approach to electricity policy. The memo...


Part 2: The Future of the Clean Power Plan: No Easy Way Out

Posted by Oscar Serpell

This blog is a direct continuation of Part 1 In the first half of this policy analysis, Trump’s request to revisit the Clean Power Plan rule, and the possible reasons for doing so were discussed in detail. It is now up to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether they will continue to hear the Clean Power Plan...


Part 1: The Future of the Clean Power Plan: No Easy Way Out

Posted by Oscar Serpell

The Kleinman Center’s Energy Policy Now podcast recently interviewed Cary Coglianese, a Penn professor of Law and Political Science, and the Director of the Penn Program on Regulation, on President Trump’s push for deregulation of environmental protections. During the episode, Coglianese shared his interpretation of...


Playing for Our Future

Posted by Mollie Simon

What can a strategy game teach us about real-world sustainability? It turns out quite a lot. Last week, the Kleinman Center gathered Penn faculty and students for a playful game of Stress Nexus—a board game that teaches players to balance water, food, and energy for a sustainable planet.   Perspectivity, the Dutch non...


The New Climate Normal for Utility Weather Forecasts

Posted by Christina Simeone

In February, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) filed a rate increase request with the PA Public Utility Commission, citing warmer weather as a culprit for lower than expected gas sales, prompting the need to raise rates. Though not explicitly stated, PGW has connected the warmer weather patterns to climate change. Among...


Helping Coal

Posted by William Hederman

The Trump Administration has taken a set of aggressive steps to help re-invigorate the nation’s coal industry through the relaxation of regulations. Helping “coal country,” especially helping the coal miners and their communities, is a praise-worthy goal. I am not sure, however, that the announced measures can achieve...


Wither the Rooftop Resi Market?

Posted by Zachary N. Goldstein

With the shutdown of NRG’s Home Solar division, David Crane’s bold foray into the residential solar market was abandoned, and the recent bankruptcy of Sungevity has similarly emphasized distress within residential rooftop solar.  Yet as the US solar market doubled in the year 2016, it is clear residential solar is not...


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