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Nov10
2017

Energy Transformation and Air Quality in India

Oscar Serpell
Radhika Khosla presents on India’s growing emissions and electricity consumption as the nation grapples with a public health crisis.  Early this week, residents of Delhi awoke to a public health crisis. The already polluted air in and around the capital city of India had reached extreme levels. PM 2.5, a...
Nov02
2017

Let's Talk Government Ownership of Unprofitable Nuclear Power Plants

Christina Simeone
When I first read Edward Kee’s (of the Nuclear Economics Consulting Group) commentaries about nationalizing economically struggling merchant nuclear plants, I thought the idea was provocative.   Today, federal government take-over of money-losing nuclear plants might be something to seriously start talking about. Here...
Nov01
2017

Major NatGas Customers Publish Indicators for Producers

John Quigley
The Natural Gas Supply Collaborative (NGSC), comprised of some of the largest natural gas purchasers in the country and about which I first wrote here, has released its final Environmental and Social Performance Indicators for Natural Gas Production. As described in this overview and an accompanying technical...
Oct27
2017

So What Are Utilities Doing About Storage?

Ken Kulak
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) recently published the results of a survey of electric utilities regarding energy storage installations in SEPA’s first Utility Energy Storage Snapshot. The Snapshot is a particularly important indicator about the current state of energy storage—unlike the usual market...
Oct25
2017

Calculating the Cost of Climate Change

Mollie Simon
Devastating storms, dangerous flooding, raging wildfires—the past few months have seen some of the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history. Hurricane Harvey brought massive flooding throughout Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma brought major damage to Florida and the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico is still...
Oct10
2017

From Connecticut to Carnot: Meeting Gina McCarthy

Gavriela Reiter
In fourth grade, my mom commuted weekly from my elementary school outside of New Haven, CT to our state capitol in Hartford, CT. The local power company had proposed to place high voltage power lines next to my school and other community centers, raising concerns over cancer risks to children. Each week, I saw my mom...
Oct02
2017

U.S. Crewed

William Hederman
The first time I heard this term, I thought the person was saying "U.S. crude." The discussion, however, was related to the Quadrennial Energy Review and the topic was moving energy around the United States. A water transportation expert was explaining the implications of the Jones Act for a major disruption of energy...
Sep29
2017

Perry’s Regulatory Curve Ball to Bail Out Baseload

Christina Simeone
Today, Secretary Perry of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a regulatory curve-ball aimed at protecting economically-failing coal and nuclear plants operating in competitive electricity markets. DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (entitled “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule”) on its website, requiring...
Sep28
2017

Power Down in Puerto Rico

Mollie Simon
It has been almost a week since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. While the storm may be over, the struggle to restore power and rebuild the electric grid will continue for weeks and months to come. Officials estimate that it could take a minimum of four months, but likely six months, to recover...
Sep28
2017

D.C. Appeals Decision; Ups Ante on PJM Stakeholder Agreement

Christina Simeone
Back on July 7, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected FERC’s order revising PJM Interconnection’s “Minimum Offer Price Rule” (MOPR), saying FERC exceeded its Section 205 authority under the Federal Power Act by commanding an entirely different approach to the MOPR than what PJM’s stakeholders agreed upon....

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