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|April 15, 2020||As Residential Solar’s Capabilities Expand, Does New Growth Await?||Anne Hoskins||The residential solar power industry faces the expiration of a key tax break and resistance to net-metering. But with solar’s emerging role in grid services—coupled with additional battery storage—solar is becoming a valuable tool for grid resiliency.|
|February 18, 2020||Energy Transition Challenges for the 2020s||Michael Aklin, Johannes Urpelainen||What key developments are likely to mark the energy industry in the decade of the 2020s? Two experts in energy politics and economics offer their views of the future.|
|January 21, 2020||Climate Negotiator Contemplates Future of Paris Agreement Without the U.S.||Andrew Light||2020 will be a crucial year for the Paris Agreement. An architect of the climate process considers the implications of the U.S. presidential election, and what might be accomplished in the months ahead.|
|January 7, 2020||Is Climate Risk Insurable?||Carolyn Kousky||As climate-related disasters become more severe and frequent, insurers and governments face an economic black hole.|
|November 26, 2019||Rethinking Global Emissions Trading||Suzi Kerr||The Environmental Defense Fund’s chief economist discusses a plan that leverages international cooperation to achieve ambitious, and durable greenhouse emissions reductions under the Paris climate framework.|
|October 29, 2019||The Rise of Partisan Politics in Energy Regulation||Cheryl LaFleur||Cheryl LaFleur, former commissioner with the U.S.’ top electricity and gas market regulator, talks about the growing influence of partisan politics in energy regulation.|
|October 15, 2019||The Path Forward for Grid Electricity Storage||Ken Kulak||Battery storage will play a central role in decarbonizing the nation’s electric grid, yet the rules by which batteries will compete in electricity markets have yet to be agreed upon.|
|October 9, 2019||Debunking the ‘War on Coal’||Cary Coglianese , Daniel Walters||The Trump administration blames the decline in America’s coal industry on a regulatory “war on coal.” Yet investor reaction to regulatory announcements doesn’t support that view.|
|July 23, 2019||How the Democratic-Republican Climate Rift Became Political Reality||Riley Dunlap||Over the past half-century, Americans have become increasingly polarized over the issues of environment and climate change. A pioneer in the field of environmental sociology discusses how views on climate have become an essential element of party ideology, and what it means for the 2020 election.|
|July 9, 2019||Breaking America’s Nuclear Waste Impasse||Allison Macfarlane||Former NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane discusses four decades of failed efforts to find a permanent disposal solution for America’s civilian nuclear waste and new thinking, based on successful disposal efforts in the military and overseas, that could lead to a workable solution.|
|June 25, 2019||Does Attribution Science Give Climate Litigators a Smoking Gun?||Michael Burger, Peter Frumhoff||Climate attribution science allows connections to be made between extreme weather events and a warming climate. The science is also being used to trace climate change to the activities of specific industries and companies, potentially generating evidence to fuel climate litigation.|
|June 11, 2019||Three Pathways to Uphold America’s Paris Commitment||Matthew Binsted, Brad Townsend||Can consumers take the lead in reducing U.S. carbon emissions in the absence of strong federal climate policy? New research takes a look at three aggressive pathways for the U.S. to meet the Paris goals.|
|May 28, 2019||Why Coal Persists||Anna Mikulska||Global demand for coal is projected to persist over the next 20 years, with dire implications for climate. A look at why coal use endures, and what might be done to limit its use.|
|May 15, 2019||What’s the FERC, and How Is It Shaping Our Energy Future? (Part 2)||Colette Honorable||Former FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable discusses the agency’s challenging relationship with the states over clean energy subsidies and their potential impact on the nation’s electricity markets.|
|April 30, 2019||What’s the FERC, and How Is It Shaping Our Energy Future? (Part 1)||Colette Honorable||Former FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable explains the work of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and its often contentious role in shaping the future of U.S. electricity and natural gas systems.|
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.