Obama energy policy

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

January 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in his Stat of the Union speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.[read more]

Jekyll And Hyde: The Two Sides Of Obama's Energy Strategy

January 30, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Obama Energy Strategy

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama once again tried to reconcile the split personality of his energy policy. The President clearly stated his commitment to cutting carbon pollution and fighting climate change. But not before he pushed his expansion of domestic fossil fuel production.[read more]

Is the Canadian Prime Minister Out of Options on Keystone?

September 11, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama to open a dialogue on joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector. But what if it turns out that Harper has nothing to offer Obama?[read more]

Ernest Moniz on Natural Gas and “Forgotten Renewables”

May 29, 2013 by Tina Casey

Moniz discusses natural gas boom/DOE

Moniz sees natural gas not as a permanent fixture in the U.S. energy landscape but merely as a temporary “bridge” to a globally competitive, low carbon future that is well within our grasp.[read more]

Updated Draft Rules for Fracking Deserve the Chance to Work

May 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon


Complaints by both sides over the Obama administration’s newly updated draft of fracking rules on public and Indian lands signals the Interior Department has found enough common ground to raise the bar on drilling operations.[read more]

Energy Policy and Liquified Natural Gas: To Export or Not to Export?

May 14, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

LNG tanker

President Obama is preparing to decide how much liquified natural gas (LNG) from the the U.S. boom in shale natural gas production it makes sense to export. Economically and geopolitically a lot hangs in the balance.[read more]

Smart Meter Installations Headed for a Decline

May 9, 2013 by Christina Nunez

smart meter

A new report predicts that smart meter installations will drop more than 35 percent through 2014 in North America, due to the depletion of stimulus money granted by the first-term Obama administration.[read more]

Energy Harvesting the Next Big Thing for the Smart Grid

May 7, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

If we can identify the right materials to harvest the energy lost to heat, vibration, sound, movement, and light into electricity, we can really embed energy efficiency where it counts.[read more]

Can "Race to the Top" Work for Energy Innovation?

April 27, 2013 by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

energy innovation policy

The idea of a “race to the top” for the energy grid is certainly appealing. But it still isn’t clear whether the federal government is envisioning a dash or a marathon – or whether states will want to run the race at all.[read more]

Clean Energy Policy: A Three-Legged Stool

April 23, 2013 by Rob Day

We need all three: Innovation, Deployment and a Price on Carbon. The right answer isn't one or two of these policy areas. Appropriate and comprehensive clean energy policy is a three-legged stool.[read more]

Obama Budget Request for International Climate Action Falls Short

April 22, 2013 by Jake Schmidt

President Obama’s budget request for this upcoming year continues to support international climate investments, but unfortunately his request is short of what is needed.[read more]

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill Is Back

April 22, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

I'm just a bill, an energy efficiency bill...

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act is tweaked from the last iteration, including an expansion of a federal loan guarantee program for energy efficiency projects and a revolving state grant program.[read more]

Ernest Moniz’ Confirmation Hearing: Importance of Energy Innovation

April 15, 2013 by Clifton Yin

Ernest Moniz, DOE to be?

If Dr. Moniz’s comments during his confirmation hearing are any indication of what would come from a department under his leadership, clean energy innovation will likely remain a top priority for the DOE.[read more]

Keystone XL Rewards: Jobs, Energy, Prosperity

April 14, 2013 by Mark Green

Keystone XL supporters

To hear the other side, you’d think the Keystone XL pipeline project would be nearly 1,200 miles of all pain, no gain for the United States. No rewards? The State Department has reviewed Keystone four times and finds rewards aplenty.[read more]

Obama 2014 Budget Energy Proposals: Stuck in A Timewarp

April 12, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

The 2014 Obama budget's proposals for renewable energy and advanced technology vehicles seem largely divorced from our experience of the last several years.[read more]