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New EPA Carbon Regulation: What will the Impacts be on Consumer Power Costs?

July 14, 2014 by John Miller

EPA Carbon Regs and State Programs

To achieve regulatory compliance in the most cost effective manner the EPA advocates that States utilize flexible approaches. Will expanding existing ‘market based’ GHG reduction programs be a critical part of reducing future carbon emissions and reducing Consumers’ electricity bills?[read more]


Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

April 24, 2014 by John Miller

Renewable Wood Fuels Impact

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?[read more]


Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

April 7, 2014 by John Miller

Ethanol Imports and Emissions

The ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS) requires blending biofuels into motor fuels annually to reduce petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions. Since 2010 RFS compliance has included Brazil sugarcane ethanol imports. Do these imports actually achieve RFS carbon reduction requirements?[read more]


What are the Realistic Costs and Benefits of the New EPA Tier 3 (Reduced) Gasoline Sulfur Regulation?

March 12, 2014 by John Miller

EPA Gasoline Sulfur Regulation

The EPA finalized new regulations to further reduce gasoline sulfur and mitigate possible health impacts on the Public. Are the EPA’s estimated compliance cost of less than one cent per gallon and primary claimed benefits reasonably accurate? And, are there more cost effective alternatives?[read more]


How Effective are New EPA/NHTSA Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards?

March 4, 2014 by John Miller

Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards

The U.S. Federal Government has strongly advocated increasing Medium-Heavy Duty (MD/HD) Truck fuel efficiencies and reducing tailpipe carbon emissions. How effective could recent regulatory actions be in significantly reducing future MD/HD Truck fleet petroleum motor fuels consumption?[read more]


Were US Energy Policies Effective in Reducing 2013 Fossil Fuels Consumption?

February 12, 2014 by John Miller

Policy and Fossil Fuel Consumption

United States renewable wind & solar power generation capacities grew at historic rates recently. How successful were U.S. energy policies overall in expanding clean energy production-consumption and displacing fossil fuels during 2013?[read more]


When Will the Obama Administration Possibly Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

January 31, 2014 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama Administration has delayed making a final decision on the new cross-border Keystone XL pipeline permit for years. With the recent development of a new project draft Supplemental Impact Environmental Statement, when should we expect a final Executive decision on the Keystone XL permit?[read more]


U.S. 2013 Domestic Energy Supplies Growth Scorecard: Part 1

January 21, 2014 by John Miller

US Domestic Supply Scorecard

Some U.S. Renewables and Non-renewable Energy supplies grew in 2013, and a few did not. Various Energy Advocates and Critics viewed these increases or declines as positive and not so positive developments. Which U.S. domestic energy supplies grew at the greatest rates in 2013?[read more]


Impacts of the EPA Certifying Sugarcane Ethanol as an 'Advanced Biofuel'

January 8, 2014 by John Miller

EPA and Sugarcane Certification

The EPA certified Brazil sugarcane ethanol as an ‘advanced biofuel’ in 2010. This made Brazil imports eligible for U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard annual compliance. What are the impacts of this EPA action on U.S. fuel markets and associated carbon emissions?[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]


Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 3

November 6, 2013 by John Miller

US Coal Transition

Most existing U.S. Coal Power can be replaced by new Wind and Solar Power, which will substantially reduce future U.S. carbon emissions. These changes and improvements will also significantly impact Consumer power costs and involve significant environmental trade-offs.[read more]


Impacts of Shutting Down Most US Coal Power, Part 2

October 21, 2013 by John Miller

Coal Shutdown Impact

Developing EPA regulations can substantially reduce future and eventually current Coal Power Plants’ carbon emissions. What are the more optimal solutions to minimizing costs and maximizing benefit impacts of shutting down most future U.S. Coal Power generation capacity?[read more]


Impacts of Shutting Down All US Coal Power: Part 1

October 1, 2013 by John Miller

US Energy and Coal Power

The EPA’s new Coal Power plant carbon emission regulations will require installing new carbon reducing and lower carbon technologies. What would be the impacts of shutting down and replacing all existing Coal Power plants in the future?[read more]


What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

September 18, 2013 by John Miller

Fracking Shutdown?

Hydraulic fracturing of U.S. shale natural gas reserves has been strongly opposed due to concerns for the environment. Would rapidly shutting down all shale gas production be in the overall best interests of the country and the economy?[read more]


Benefits of Blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline: Facts or Myths?

September 10, 2013 by John Miller

Keystone Pipeline Facts and Myths

The Keystone XL pipeline is being strongly opposed due to claims that the U.S. and the World would benefit more without completing this project. After carefully examining the factors for opposing the pipeline, are these advocated benefits reasonable?[read more]