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Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

December 18, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

International Negotiations and Private Energy Investment

Simultaneous support and action from both business and government is difficult, especially with climate change and clean energy. The reality is often a chicken or the egg question of whether policy should come first and give business the confidence to invest, or whether business interests shape the policy.[read more]

No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

December 17, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Wastewater Disposal Policy

We all want easy answers. And the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use can help decrease emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. But these benefits mean nothing if the communities where gas is produced suffer air and water pollution.[read more]

Renewable Natural Gas Helps Reduce Emissions, Policy Support Needed

December 8, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Renewable Natural Gas and Emissions Reduction

Natural gas use is growing throughout the world as new drilling techniques open up vast shale and other tight resources. The result is low-cost gas flooding the market. The advantages of natural gas over other fossil fuels have put it in a favored position as emissions regulations continue to tighten around the world.[read more]

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]