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

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

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

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]


How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?

April 22, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

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]


Seeking Consensus: A New Project on the Energy Collective

February 25, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

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

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

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

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

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

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]


How Effective are US Renewable Power Policies?

December 3, 2013 by John Miller

US Renewable Policy

U.S. carbon emissions have declined from a historic maximum in 2007 down to a 17 year low in 2012. A major contributing factor to reduced carbon has been expansion of Renewable Power. Is this past and recent Renewable Power performance sustainable?[read more]

Australian Government Not Coming Clean on Real Energy Policy

December 2, 2013 by Nigel Morris

It's almost 2014 and the best that our new Abbott led Government of Australia can come up with by way of an energy policy is a 7 page document loaded with out of date graphs, deceptive statements and frankly, a copy and paste of many of the policies that the preceding Government put in place.[read more]

What Does an All-of-the-Above National Energy Policy Mean?

November 24, 2013 by Herman Trabish

National Energy Policy

Based on statements from President Obama, 'all of the above' is the US energy policy -- but that means many different things to different people. The abundance of natural gas in Texas and across the U.S. has renewables developers thinking about where they fit into the energy mix.[read more]

The Clean Energy Way to Fight Climate Change

November 10, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Several leading climate scientists have embraced nuclear power as the way to lick global climate change and there's a new movie out trying to make the case. We understand the urgency. Climate change is the central environmental ill of our time.[read more]