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Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

Summary: Meeting aggressive climate change mitigation objectives and limiting the rise of atmospheric CO2 to 450 parts per million may depend on the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industry, derive energy from biomass, and even pair...

Posted September 9, 2014    

Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

Summary: Reverse auctions can be used to avoid paying too much for solar PV and reduce the costs of renewable energy subsidy programsThe Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in...

Posted August 21, 2014    

Will CO2 Emission Standards Spur Carbon Capture Technology?

Summary: CO2 emissions standards for power plants in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere may not spur the use of carbon capture technology; tighter or looser standards would work better to drive technology adoption.The U.S. Environmental...

Posted August 13, 2014    

When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

Summary:Politics constraints carbon pricing efforts, making them fall short of the "optimal" climate policy envisioned by economists.Careful attention to real-world political constraints can inform creative policy designs that improve climate and...

Posted July 28, 2014    

When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 2: 6 Tips for Improving Climate Change Policy

Summary:Economists widely consider putting a price on carbon to be the ideal, "economically optimal" climate change policy. Unfortunately, real-world political constraints mean carbon pricing rarely lives up to this ideal (see Part 1 in this series...

Posted July 24, 2014    

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

SummaryWhile a carbon price is every economists' favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)In a new paper in Energy Policy, I examine a variety of political economy constraints that limit...

Posted July 21, 2014    

Who Will Build Tomorrow's Grid? The Energy Collective's Webinar & #EnergyChat

This article was co-authored by Brian Farnan. The original Webinar can be found by clicking here.[<a href="//storify.com/energycollectiv/tec-who-will-build-tomorrow-s-grid-2014-06-18" target="_blank">View the story "Who Will...

Posted June 23, 2014    

The Energy Collective Analyzes EPA's Power Plant Carbon Regulations [VIDEO]

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled an historic proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The ambitious and flexible proposed regulations would see each...

Posted June 6, 2014    

Paying Too Much for Demand Response? DC Circuit Court Throws Out FERC Rule

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule authorizing payments to electricity consumers who reduce their electricity usage during periods of...

Posted May 29, 2014    

IPCC: "Rebound Effects Cannot Be Ignored"

SummaryThe IPCC says "rebound effects cannot be ignored" in crafting climate mitigation effortsRebound effects can erode roughly 20-60% of the energy savings from cost-saving energy efficiency measures in rich, developed countries, and rebounds are...

Posted May 21, 2014    

#EnergyChat: Why David Kroodsma Rode his Bike 30,000 Miles for the Climate, and Where He's Off to Next

David Kroodsma has already logged more than 30,000 miles traveling the world by bicycle and raising awareness about climate change. This week, the author, data journalist, and travel adventurer embarked on his latest journey: an 8,000 mile...

Posted April 30, 2014    

Can Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along?

Nuclear power and variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power “don’t play well together.”That’s a commonly accepted nugget of wisdom these days. I heard the argument most recently during an interesting colloquy on Twitter this...

Posted April 15, 2014