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|October 5, 2021||What Stands Between Louisiana and a Resilient Electric Grid?||Robert Verchick||Hurricane Ida was the most recent storm to wreak havoc on Louisiana’s electric grid. A legal expert discusses the struggle to provide resilient power in the state as weather and climate risks grow.|
|July 27, 2021||Rare Earth Elements Pose Environmental, Economic Risks for Clean Energy||Amy Chu, Oscar Serpell||Rare earth elements are essential to many clean energy technologies, yet their production can bring severe environmental impacts. A new report grapples with rare earths’ environmental liabilities and efforts to diversify supply beyond China.|
|June 29, 2021||Why Is It So Hard to Build the Electric Grid of the Future?||Rob Gramlich||America’s electric grid is ill-equipped to enable the low carbon energy system of the future. A grid policy expert explores the policy and economic changes that will be needed to bring the grid up to date.|
|June 15, 2021||Can the FERC Be Made Accountable to Communities and the Environment?||Shelley Welton||Congress has directed the nation’s regulator for natural gas and electricity infrastructure to be more responsive to community and environmental concerns. Will FERC’s new Office of Public Participation deliver on the promise of public inclusion?|
|April 6, 2021||How Big a Threat Is the Supreme Court to Biden’s Climate Agenda?||Cary Coglianese||President Biden will rely upon regulatory agencies like the EPA to push his ambitious clean energy and climate agenda. Yet increasingly conservative courts could stand in the way of Biden’s plans.|
|March 9, 2021||What’s Driving Corporate America’s Big Bets on Clean Energy?||Miranda Ballentine, Bryn Baker||Corporate renewable energy deals were equal to a quarter of total U.S. electric power additions in 2020. The Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance talks policies to accelerate clean energy purchasing.|
|January 12, 2021||Europe Maps Out Its Hydrogen Energy Strategy||Kirsten Westphal||Hydrogen energy is a key part of Europe’s plan to zero out carbon emissions by mid-century. But can the bloc build hydrogen capacity, and demand, in time to reach its goal?|
|November 25, 2020||How Georgia’s Runoff Election Will Shape Joe Biden’s Clean Energy Strategy||Bethany Davis Noll, Richard Revesz||Georgia’s runoff election will determine the balance of power in the Senate, and the degree to which Joe Biden will count on Congress to back his ambitious clean energy agenda.|
|November 10, 2020||Offshore Wind Presents Big Challenge for the Electric Grid||Brandon Burke||Large scale offshore wind development will require a rethink of how America’s electric grid is designed, and paid for.|
|October 27, 2020||Grid Forward Debate: Has Electricity Deregulation Led to Better Community Outcomes?||Bruce Edelston, Mark Kolesar||Electricity market deregulation promised to bring more affordable and reliable electricity to consumers. A quarter of a century after deregulation began, has its promise delivered for all Americans?|
|September 15, 2020||As Climate-Related Disasters Intensify, Retreat Emerges as Adaptation Strategy||Mark Nevitt||An environmental lawyer examines the legal and social challenges that could complicate managed retreat from areas at risk to climate-related disaster.|
|July 21, 2020||Questioning the Promise of Carbon Tax Border Adjustments||Samuel Kortum, David Weisbach||Most carbon tax proposals include a border adjustment to protect American industry from foreign competition. Yet research suggests that benefits won’t extend to consumers.|
|July 6, 2020||Will Trump’s Regulatory Rollbacks Survive?||Bethany Davis Noll, Richard Revesz||President Trump has gone to great lengths to undo the regulatory accomplishments of his predecessor. But the president’s methods could come back to haunt him, dooming his deregulatory energy and environmental agenda.|
|June 23, 2020||Understanding the Social Cost of Carbon||Gilbert Metcalf||The social cost of carbon provides an estimate of the economic damage caused by carbon emissions. A climate economist tells how it’s calculated.|
|May 26, 2020||Why Americans Want a Carbon Tax, But Won’t Support One at the Polls||Ioana Marinescu||An economist looks at how economic worries, and political ideology, have made carbon taxes a tough sell.|
Podcast Producer & Host
Since the first season of our podcast series, Andy Stone has directed each episode of Energy Policy Now—defining topics, inviting guests, and leading informative conversations.
Energy Policy Now Host and Producer
Andy Stone is producer and host of Energy Policy Now, the Kleinman Center’s podcast series. He previously worked in business planning with PJM Interconnection and was a senior energy reporter at Forbes Magazine.