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Keystone XL Traded For Arctic Drilling Rights?

April 6, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Few debates in energy have been more contentious than Keystone XL. Green groups opposed the pipeline and turned out a movement that astonished even battle weary Enviros. It also caused serious problems for the industry as their assets became stranded and they were forced to ship crude by rail and barge.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Keystone XL has Become Perfect Symbol of Washington’s Dysfunction

March 2, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Michael Bloomberg said in an op-ed that Obama should use the Keystone pipeline as a bargaining chip in negotiating a broader climate deal with Canada. Canada and the US’s policy frameworks are aligned. But Canada is considered near the bottom of industrialized countries making efforts on climate change.[read more]

Low Oil Prices and Fuel Subsidies: Doing Away with Really Bad Energy Policy

January 27, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Low oil prices are the talk of the day in environmental and energy circles. Some environmentalists probably despair over rising gasoline consumption, but for policymakers in emerging economies, low oil prices present an important opportunity to remove destructive and economically costly fuel subsidies.[read more]

New Year's Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

January 5, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

When asked about the Republican agenda for 2015, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is promising a “full-throated” debate on national energy policy. That worries me because ultimately, our energy situation is already moving in the right direction.[read more]

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]