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Does Electricity Deregulation Hurt Renewable Energy Policy?

February 4, 2016 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Renewables Policy and Deregulation

 

Over the past three decades, the governance of electricity generation has undergone a number of important reforms. In many countries, governments have moved away from the traditional state monopoly of generation, transmission, and distribution of power.[read more]

NERC's 10-Year Grid Assessment: Enough Power, And Some Challenges

December 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

NERC Assessment

The latest edition of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) report on long-term power supply and reliability trends over the next decade says that we should have enough power to meet estimated energy demand through at least 2025.[read more]

Takeaways from the Paris Climate Talks

December 15, 2015 by Elliot Diringer
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Paris Results

The Paris climate summit is a tale of lessons learned – lessons both in how to manage an unruly negotiating process that can easily veer out of control, and in how to craft a multilateral approach that gets everyone to do more. The tale ended thankfully with an agreement that could prove significant.[read more]

After Paris

December 14, 2015 by Chris Hope

A deal on limiting climate change, described by the French Foreign Minister as ‘the most ambitious and balanced possible‘ was agreed to in Paris. It revolves around voluntary pledges made by over 180 countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement: Deepening International Action

November 26, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Paris Agreement Elements

World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and COP 21

November 25, 2015 by David Hone
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As we get closer to COP21 there will be plenty of articles and opinion pieces put forward describing the process, speculating on the outcome and generally trying to help readers understand what exactly is going on. One such piece appeared in the Financial Times recently, written by Pilita Clark.[read more]

The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

November 24, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China and Energy Consumption

On November 3rd, the New York Times carried a front page report that China has revised its estimates of how much coal it has been burning, and concluding that its carbon emissions have been higher than had been previously reported and assumed.[read more]

Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015

October 12, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

Over the past three decades, governments in developed countries have made many commitments to reduce a specific quantity or percentage of greenhouse gases by a specific date, but often they have failed to implement effective climate policies that would achieve their commitment.[read more]

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

September 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.[read more]

How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Part 2: Rhetoric Versus the Numbers

August 12, 2015 by Michael Craig
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Clean Power Plan Data

Last Monday, after years of waiting, the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) was released by the Obama administration. Since its release, the rule has come under criticism as being weaker than other actions and as not going beyond historic trends.[read more]

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

August 12, 2015 by David Doniger
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What's in the CPP?

The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. Limiting carbon pollution from the nation's power plants is the biggest step we can take to fight climate chaos.[read more]

What's Actually in The Brand New Clean Power Plan?

August 7, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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Clean Power Plan Analysis

It’s a completely different rule than the one that the EPA proposed last year. The start date is different, the way that the EPA calculated the standards is different, the methods of compliance are different, the types of sources subject to the rule are different, and even the legal justifications are different.[read more]

President Obama's Clean Power Plan to Reduce Emissions

August 5, 2015 by Henry Auer

Examining the Clean Power Plan

Global warming affects all humankind. Changing weather patterns, consisting of greater and more frequent weather extremes have become more and more common in recent years and decades. Around the world, extreme rains and floods, droughts and unprecedented sea level rise have occurred.[read more]

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Fracking Time for a Step Back

July 29, 2015 by Steve Heisler
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Fracking Analysis

Fracking is one of the hottest environmental topics under discussion these days, and for good reason: Many known dangers exist. Additionally, there may be more problems we haven’t yet discovered, because the fracking process currently in use has a short safety track record.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]