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Leadership on Sustainability Must Include Helping Shape Smart Policy

November 5, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Sustainability Leadership and Policy

We’ve seen some bold action by companies in what we’ve dubbed the business-policy nexus, and it’s taking different forms. Some have been calling for state or federal action on environmental impacts, while others are taking far-reaching voluntary efforts that could help support policy advocacy in the future.[read more]

Can North America Harmonize Energy Policy?

October 6, 2014 by Edward Dodge

North America and International Policy

There have been a variety of efforts in recent years to harmonize energy policy and markets across the US, Canada, and Mexico. At the North American Gas Forum meeting this past week in Washington D.C. some of these efforts were discussed.[read more]

The Importance of 'Right' Renewable Energy Support Policies at the 'Right' Stage

August 22, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Energy Support and Timing

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has recently released a report – prepared by the Brattle Group – on how Germany’s policies to support solar PV have made the country a world leader in deploying solar PV over the last decade.[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]

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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]

Statoil Chief: Energy Policy is Economic, Security, and Environmental Policy

May 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Statoil Chief and Energy Policy

Energy issues are more complex and interconnected than ever before, and for this reason energy has become front and center in many debates unfolding on national and international stages. Energy policy involves economic, security, and environmental facets.[read more]

Smart Grid Transformations Are Opportunities for Utility Contact Centers

May 13, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision report should be required reading for all electric utility executives. It presents a framework to forge new utility business models and new electricity market models that leverage tech, policies, and financial innovations.[read more]

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How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?

April 22, 2014 by Ari Peskoe
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Renewable Energy and States

State policies and legislation promoting the deployment of renewable energy have played important roles in the rapid growth of wind and solar energy. But over the past few years, those policies are increasingly being challenged as unconstitutional.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus: A New Project on the Energy Collective

February 24, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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A New Project on TEC!

"Seeking Consensus" is a new column on TEC which aims to objectively quantify the relative attractiveness of the wide range of energy options available to us. Participation from the community is very important, and this first post therefore asks for community feedback on the structure of this project.[read more]

Texas: The Most Remarkable Republican Energy State in the US

February 23, 2014 by Rebecca Lutzy
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In terms of energy policy, Texas is unusual. While no Republican states have implemented any kind of climate change policy, Texas has some of the strongest energy efficiency and renewable energy policies in the country, including California.[read more]

The Pros and Cons of Exporting US Crude Oil

January 30, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, issued a white paper earlier this month calling for an end to the current ban on US crude oil exports. Her characterization of existing regulations in this area as "antiquated" is spot on.[read more]

Solar’s Faceoff: Feed In Tariff Versus Net Energy Metering

January 13, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Solar's Faceoff

The first and most famous U.S. feed-in tariff has been suspended and rooftop solar advocates are calling for the industry to rally instead around net energy metering. The FIT currently increases residential rates by around $3 per month per 1,000 kilowatt-hours.[read more]

Is Energy Tax Policy the Way to Drive the U.S. Climate Change Fight?

January 6, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Energy Tax Policy

 

Can a breakthrough in the U.S. climate change fight come from the energy tax policy reform proposed by outgoing Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT)? “Our current set of energy tax incentives is overly complex and picks winners and losers with no clear policy rationale," said Baucus.[read more]

Pakistan Coal Power Plant Gets Public Funding: Will This Be Last Coal Plant Funded by the Asian Development Bank?

December 13, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Coal Plants and Public Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to fund a new coal plant, using public resources. While the Board of the ADB approved the $900 million plant in Pakistan, the Board vote came with a huge amount controversy including the first no vote of the U.S. on a coal power plant.[read more]

E.ON CEO: "ETS should be the only climate target, all else should be left to the market.” [VIDEO]

December 4, 2013 by Kasper Peters

Climate Targets

Sonja van Renssen, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, is joined by Dr. Johannes Teyssen, who is the CEO of E.ON, in a discussion of the current situation of Europe’s energy sector, among other subjects.[read more]