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Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

June 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Gas Taxes and Bipartisanship

Yes, you can be sure you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and they are actually getting praised for it to boot.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Security of Supply, 2030 Package, Ukraine, Internal Energy Market & State Aid [VIDEO]

June 5, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Issues Briefing

Hughes Belin, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the EU Summit on June 26 & 27, along with the commission’s plan to enhance the European Union’s security of supply in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.[read more]

Climate Change and the American Economy

May 30, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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The 3rd National Climate Assessment was released earlier this month, painting what amounts to a very frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate change and climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

German Utilities Float "Bad Bank" Equivalent for Nuclear Power Plants

May 22, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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German Nuclear and "Bad Banks"

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-2009 the public learned that using a so-called “bad bank” concept can indeed work ‘nicely’ if a clear line between good and bad assets can be drawn. This is exactly what might happen in the German energy sector.[read more]

Is VOST a Tax on Solar? And Is That a Bad Thing?

May 21, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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VOST and Solar Development

Solar advocates around the country express varying views on the Value of Solar Tariff. Being proposed as an alternative to net metering, the policy has its pros and cons -- but some worry that it imposes a tax on solar customers and gives too much control to the utilities.[read more]

An Expensive Subsidy, Twisting in the Wind

May 20, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The 2014 "tax extenders" bill, S.2260, failed to pass a cloture vote in the US Senate recently. That has spoiled for now the chances of reviving the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and other (non-solar) renewables that expired at the end of last year.[read more]

German Lesson for Renewable Power Policies

May 19, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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German Renewables Policies

The EU Commission recently unveiled new regulations for the period 2014 to 2020 to gradually phase out support for renewable energy technologies. In a press release the commission stated the guidelines are intended to “promote a gradual move to market-based support for renewable energy.”[read more]

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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

How Fossil Fuels Subsidize Us

May 12, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Sometimes people can get a very distorted view of my position on fossil fuels. They believe that because I am very aware of the role of fossil fuels in our modern lives, that I believe we should continue to grow their consumption. But that is not it.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'One of the Most Politically Dangerous Acts there Is'

May 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Subsidy Risks

Rolling back energy subsidies is one of the most vexing problems energy export-revenue-dependent countries face. The problems start innocently enough when countries discover vast natural resource deposits and begin profiting substantially from their development.[read more]

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How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?: Part II

May 8, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

States and Renewables

Two Federal courts of appeal are currently considering whether incentives for new generation provided by New Jersey and Maryland are preempted by Federal regulation of PJM’s wholesale markets. Decisions in these cases will have implications for States’ renewable energy policies.[read more]

Types of Carbon Pricing: Part 1 of 3

April 30, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

This post is the first of three summarizing the various and differing features of carbon pricing instruments – emissions trading (cap-and-trade), carbon taxes, and hybrids – and commenting on some of the implications for existing carbon pricing schemes.[read more]