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Four Powerhouse Bills to Help California get to 50 Percent Renewable Energy

August 19, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Energy Bills

California is deep into the dog days of summer, and pressure is mounting on the state’s electric grid to keep up with demand. Luckily, California’s legislature is working to bring more clean energy resources to the grid, diversifying how we power our homes and businesses.[read more]

A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's Changing Keystone Oil Pipeline Stance

March 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Pipeline Policy and Rhetoric

President Obama has used increasingly negative rhetoric in recent months when discussing the Keystone XL pipeline. The President’s remarks have left most observers with the impression that he will reject the controversial pipeline’s permit and cancel the project once and for all.[read more]

Colorado Is the Latest State to Consider the 'Utility of the Future'

March 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Colorado’s state legislature is currently seeking to follow the lead of states like California, New York, Hawaii and Massachusetts in revamping its utility regulations to better serve for a more distributed, customer-empowered energy future.[read more]


Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant

Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Reality

March 5, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Oil and Gas Asset Utilization

A few years ago a friend asked me about the possibility of stranded assets in oil and gas due to climate change. This was an interesting idea coming out of the UK. Since then, the idea has gained traction. What is emerging is that stranded assets are not going to happen merely because of climate change.[read more]

Virginia Energy: Surprise Endings to a Week of Bad News on Energy and Climate Bills

February 7, 2015 by Ivy Main

More than a hundred representatives of energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses descended on Richmond Tuesday for Clean Energy Lobby Day. After meetings with legislators, many of them stayed to attend a critical subcommittee meeting where most of this year’s clean energy bills came up for votes.[read more]

Keystone XL: Let's Make a Megadeal and Get Congress to Fulfill a Cleantech Wishlist

January 22, 2015 by Matt Stewart

A proposal: let’s make a megadeal. Authorize Keystone XL. But in return, it’s time for clean energy advocates to play hardball — and get something meaningful in return for it. In fact, get a lot meaningful for it. This is the time to break out the cleantech-policy Christmas lists.[read more]

Raise the Gas Tax

January 7, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Gas Taxes and Energy Policy

On January 1st, California’s cap-and-trade program was expanded to include gasoline and diesel. Allowance prices are currently $12.58/ton (link), so this increases gasoline prices by $0.10 per gallon and increases diesel prices by about $0.13 per gallon. I strongly support this expansion.[read more]

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

Energy and the New Congress: Beyond Keystone

December 1, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The Keystone XL pipeline has been under review by the Executive Branch for six years, yet despite its symbolic importance to both sides of the debate, and an apparent majority in both houses of the newly elected Congress favoring its construction, its future remains uncertain.[read more]

Keystone XL Loses Another Round

November 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The image that will stick with me from the recent failed attempt by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to avoid a filibuster on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is that of her Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) standing next to a blown-up photo of choking smog, presumably in China.[read more]

Post-Election Day, Tax Extenders Will Be a Bipartisan Opportunity

November 2, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Elections and Tax Law

Though Senate movement on passing tax extenders came to a standstill in May, both parties have since shown interest in pushing the issue forward during the lame duck session. There is no question that extending advanced energy tax credits is both vital to industry and has bipartisan support.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This Would Have Been Simply Impossible Without the Establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard'

October 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Renewaable Fuel Standard Effects

The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to introduce increasing volumes of biofuels into the US liquid transportation fuel system. The standard has been expanded over time with greater focus given to advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol that do not use food crops as a direct feedstock.[read more]