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Launching a New Way to Explore Energy and Human Development

November 11, 2014 by Yael Borofsky
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Energy for Human Development

Opportunities for innovation in economic growth are expanding in Africa, India, and southeast Asia while the conversation in the west is often stagnated around simple lighting solutions that address the most urgently poor customers, but not the underlying opportunities for sustainable power sector development.[read more]

Power Sector CO2 Emissions Sensitive to Policy Changes and Natural Gas Supply

June 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Emissions and Policy

Policies to reduce CO2 emissions could result in less consumption of coal in favor of natural gas, which emits about 40% as much CO2 as typical coal-fired generation, as well as increases in other low- or zero-carbon power generating technologies such as renewables and nuclear.[read more]

The Yoga Theorem

June 6, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

As far as standards are concerned, there is a lot to like about the new EPA rule. Each state has a target spelled out in terms of pounds of CO2 per MWH. Instead of prescribing what states have to do to meet these standards, there are a number of mechanisms designed to help states meet their targets.[read more]

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

June 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon Rules and Global Effects

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate pollution in the U.S.[read more]