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Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

Uses of Revenues from Carbon Pricing

November 17, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The introduction of carbon pricing is often accompanied by concerns about the effects on energy prices on lower income households. Rises in electricity prices to households due to pricing of power sector emissions are of concern even under schemes such as the EUETS which do not directly cover households.[read more]

RIP Incandescent Light Bulbs?

November 3, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

The Changing of the Bulbs

If light bulbs were power plants, the bulb in our basement would be a peaker – used very rarely but providing high value when called on. In addition to its 10 minutes of use around Halloween, it gets another 10 minutes before Christmas as I run down to the basement to grab the tree stand.[read more]

Revenue from Carbon Pricing

November 2, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

The Pricing of and the Revenue from Carbon

Carbon pricing already raises over $20 billion worldwide. This has the potential to grow by an order of magnitude in the future. Just what to do with this money will be an increasingly important issue as more and more of these measures and regulations are adopted.[read more]

With Increased Regulation, Continued Decline in Residual Fuel Oil Demand is Expected

October 15, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Demand Decline

Health and environmental concerns related to the high sulfur content of residual fuel oil (RFO) have led to new policies and regulations that have significantly lowered expectations for future RFO use globally. As the demand for RFO declines, the need for the refining upgrades will increase.[read more]

Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions

September 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Export Restrictions and Effects

A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.[read more]

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

August 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Utilities and Delivering Value

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation.[read more]


Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

The Climate Resilience Toolkit Is an Important Resource

December 2, 2014 by Joe Casola

Climate Resilience Toolkit

Anyone who needs to plan for future risks needs good information that’s easy to find and easy to use. The federal government took an important step to help managers plan for the impacts of climate change with the release this month of the Climate Resilience Toolkit.[read more]

Energy Department Authorizes Freeport LNG Exports

November 23, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Exports

The United States Department of Energy has granted Freeport LNG two final authorizations to export natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. The ruling authorizes Freeport to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for 20 years.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

Shale Projects Lagging in Eastern Europe

October 29, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Eastern Europe and Shale

“Shale perspectives” in Eastern Europe are challenged by the delaying tactics of major industry players. Media coverage of shale gas development is positive but in Lithuania and Poland global oil and gas companies one by one drop bids to explore.[read more]

EPA Ready to Finalize CO2 Limits on New Power Plants

September 21, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

EPA CO2 Regulation

The nation's top environmental regulator, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy, unveiled a proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new coal and natural gas power plants. The rule has been in the works for years and has faced multiple delays.[read more]

All Eyes on EBRD, Will It Go Coal Free?

August 19, 2013 by Justin Guay

EBRD Coal Free?

The tectonic plates just shifted in the world of international financial institution energy lending. Soon after President Obama announced an end to US taxpayer support for overseas coal plants, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is mulling coal restrictions of its own.[read more]

Could Concentrating Solar Energy Save Humanity?

June 21, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Countries Concentrating Solar Energy

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could unlock our clean energy future and boost solar from an intermittent contributor to a baseload generator, if we clear the regulatory, technological, and financial hurdles standing in the way.[read more]