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Obama's Race to the Top: Model for Fostering Energy Innovation?

April 11, 2013 by Clifton Yin

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The relatively modest $200 million grid modernization Race to the Top would be the first of its kind for energy and could be an interesting pilot project for using similar policy models to bridge the gap between energy research and the market.[read more]

New Budget Reflects Inefficient Energy Priorities

February 16, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles
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An editorial in today's New York Times praising the energy priorities included in the President's latest budget is little more than a rubber stamp of a set of policies in serious need of rethinking.[read more]

President Obama Follows Through on Energy Innovation in 2013 Budget Request

February 15, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

President Obama backed up his call to “double-down” on clean energy during the State of the Union address by proposing to boost key energy innovation investments in his FY2013 federal budget request. Compared to the FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the President’s FY2013 proposal would increase top-line investments in key DOE energy...[read more]

2012 Federal Budget Halts Further Cuts to Energy Innovation

December 20, 2011 by Matthew Stepp
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  The FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations bill, passed through the House and Senate conference committee last week, provides a small 2.5 percent increase in DOE energy innovation investment-related Offices and programs compared to FY2011. The budget includes key investments for new Energy Innovation Hubs, next-generation small modular...[read more]

NRC's Chairman Gregory Jaczko Presses His Case For 2012 Budget

December 8, 2011 by a b

In an end of year meeting with reporters the Chairman explains what the agency plans to do next year(Note to readers - this blog post has been updated to indicate the budget being discussed is the FY 2012 federal budget which began 10/01/11)NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko sat down with reporters from the mainstream media and the major wire...[read more]

The Canadian Electricity Infrastructure Deficit

October 31, 2011 by Pierre Guimond
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It’s time for Canadians to focus on the urgency of making multi-billion-dollar investments to upgrade, repair and expand the electricity infrastructure across Canada. Capital investment in electricity infrastructure declined dramatically in the 1990s. After reaching a peak of $15 billion in 1991, investment fell rapidly to just $5.3 billion in 1997 as a result of overcapacity, poor economic conditions and electricity prices that had outpaced inflation as the new facilities built in the prior ten years caused rates to rise.[read more]

Thoughts On The Green Scissors Report

August 26, 2011 by Cai Steger

The most recent Green Scissors report is out, recommending hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies that could be cut to reduce the budget deficit and improve our environment.  Green Scissors provides a host of useful proposals to save tens of billions of dollars annually by eliminating unnecessary, environmentally harmful...[read more]

House Committee to Gut Funding Supporting International Action on Global Warming

July 27, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

The House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for outlining US international global warming funding has just released their bill detailing the amount of money that will support these efforts.  This comes on the heels of a House authorization bill passed out of committee with an amendment from Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) that would...[read more]

Support the Spreading of Intelligence - Key to the Low Carbon Revolution

July 27, 2011 by David Thorpe

The Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Union is due to be abolished in the coming budget round. But its valuable work must somehow be allowed to continue.Buried away on page 18 of a dry-seeming document published by the European Parliament three weeks ago - Pro posal for a Council decision on the system of own resources...[read more]

ARPA-E Funding Still Falls Short

July 20, 2011 by Teryn Norris

On Friday, the House of Representatives voted on its final version of the 2012 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill. In terms of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) — the Department of Energy’s flagship energy innovation program — the good news is that advocates were able to boost the budget from $100...[read more]

Big Oil Lobbies to Keep ItsTax Breaks Off the Table in Debt Talks

July 15, 2011 by Deron Lovaas
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As debt negotiations continue in Congress, President Obama appears to be sticking to his guns on repealing the enormous tax breaks enjoyed by the oil and gas industry. The industry takes advantage of tax breaks dating back to the dawn of the oil age – the kind of fiscal encouragement intended to support nascent businesses, not...[read more]

Leaving $2.3 Trillion on the Table: The House GOP's Budget Walks Away from Clean Energy's Economic Jackpot

May 16, 2011 by Josh Freed
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The United States is engaged in a fierce global economic competition to capture a share of the $2.3 trillion clean energy market. For the countries that seize this moment, clean energy will translate into new economic growth and businesses and a large share of the 20.4 million new jobs the sector is anticipated to create by 2030. Winning...[read more]

Twilight of the Ethanol Subsidy?

May 10, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
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The current tax credit for blending grain ethanol into gasoline, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), has outlived its usefulness. That's not just because I consider it unwise to subsidize any industry to such a generous extent for more than thirty years, but also because the passage of the ambitious federal Renewable Fuels...[read more]

Social Media Meets Healthcare On HealthworksCollective.com

May 2, 2011 by Robin Carey

Here on the The Energy Collective we cover all aspects of energy policy. We’re proud to take on another big, and globally significant business conversation: How to deliver quality healthcare to as many people on the planet as possible. Today marks the official launch of HealthWorksCollective, our tenth community at Social Media Today....[read more]

Energy Information Administration Press Release

April 29, 2011 by Michael Tobis
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H/T KoTR, who asks "does anybody see a problem with this?"Immediate Reductions in EIA's Energy Data and Analysis Programs Necessitated by FY 2011 Funding CutWASHINGTON, DC - The final fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget provides $95.4 million for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a reduction of $15.2 million, or 14 percent,...[read more]