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Tesla Gigafactory: Nevada Makes Its Choice

September 8, 2014 by James Greenberger
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In the context of economic development programs, governments do invest in businesses and do routinely try to pick the winners in the private sector. This is not because government decisions are clairvoyant or fair. It is because governments have no choice but to make those decisions.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Raising Gas Prices to Grow An Economy

August 19, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Gas Prices and Economies

Two weeks ago, Yemen increased gasoline prices from $2.20 to $3.50 per gallon, while increasing diesel prices from $1.70 to $3.40. These are significant increases. These reforms in Yemen bring the price of both fuels up to market levels.[read more]

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Keeping New England Electricity Markets Robust

August 13, 2014 by Nate Gilbraith

New England Electricity

The New England States Committee on Electricity is proposing to burden New England electricity consumers with several billion dollars worth of subsidies to natural gas generators and further undermine the nature of the competitive electricity market.[read more]

Should Behind the Meter Energy Storage Be Controlled by Grid Operators?

August 11, 2014 by James Greenberger
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I applaud Mr. Rive for his concern about the optimization of the grid. But there is no reason to believe that the same factors that have driven less than optimized deployments of customer-owned rooftop solar PV systems will not also drive of less than optimized deployments of behind the meter storage.[read more]

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

July 31, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Nuclear Future in the Short-Term

The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.[read more]

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption'

July 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fuel Subsidies and Waste

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently expressed her view that “ending ‘wasteful fossil fuel subsidies’, which may encourage overconsumption of oil and gas, particularly in the Middle East,” still constitutes a big challenge around the world.[read more]

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]