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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 2: 6 Tips for Improving Climate Change Policy

July 24, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

The repeal of Australia’s carbon tax last week put the political obstacles to establishing a price on carbon in stark relief. Yet the news from Canberra is just the most dramatic manifestation of a set of powerful political economy forces that can fundamentally constrain efforts to put a price on carbon.[read more]

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Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

July 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Carbon Taxes and Highway Funding

As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’?[read more]

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Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule

July 23, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

Under EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation.[read more]

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Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? - Part 1

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

If you ask an economist the best way to combat climate change, you are very likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon. Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. Make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive.[read more]

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Dismantling the Utility Model is the Fastest Path to a Cleaner Electricity Infrastructure

July 20, 2014 by Thomas Conroy
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Utility Market Disruption

In 1882 the Pearl Street Station became the first central electrical generation plant in the U.S.. In 1935 FDR labeled the power companies which were then providing electricity to increasing numbers of Americans “evil”, which marked the beginning of regulated and price controlled electric utilities.[read more]

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Here is One Forward-Looking and Very Ambitious Clean Energy Plan for Virginia

July 16, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Clean Energy Future

The Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition (VAEIC) has made more than 70 recommendations to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. How many he adopts will be closely watched by clean energy stakeholders in Virginia and beyond. After that it will be the General Assembly's turn to act on the state's updated Energy Plan.[read more]

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New EPA Carbon Regulation: What will the Impacts be on Consumer Power Costs?

July 14, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Carbon Regs and State Programs

To achieve regulatory compliance in the most cost effective manner the EPA advocates that States utilize flexible approaches. Will expanding existing ‘market based’ GHG reduction programs be a critical part of reducing future carbon emissions and reducing Consumers’ electricity bills?[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

July 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage Internalized Costs

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using batteries as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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Why China's Energy Consumption Will Keep Rising

July 9, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China Energy Consumption

 

In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was signed. This was to usher in an era where the planet was to tackle climate change, and we were to see an energy transition from dirty, polluting fossil fuels to their low-carbon alternatives. Instead, here is what happened.[read more]

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Holland: Pioneering Sustainable District Heating Innovations

July 2, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Sustainable District Heating

District heating isn’t a new concept. Using heat from one resource to meet demand among a centralized group of consumers has long been in use, primarily through combined heat and power from natural gas. But communities are turning to sustainable sources for their heating demands.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Mature Energy Storage Technologies

June 23, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage and Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of mature energy storage technologies. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

June 19, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Policy and New Ideas

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher the cost of mitigation and the harder the task.[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]