Tagged with Government Policy

Reliable, Affordable Energy for the World: Investing in a Carbonless Future

Breakthrough Energy Coalition http://www.b-t.energy/ [Climate Wire, sub. req’d] Driving deep reductions in U.S. carbon emissions by midcentury requires accelerated investment in a wide range of advanced energy technologies, from battery storage to new nuclear reactors and photosynthetic fuels, according to a study led by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and energy historian Daniel Yergin… Arriving … Continue reading

The Green New Deal

US House of Representatives via NPR https://n.pr/2teCgNA [Axios] …Some of the resolution’s top-line goals include… Achieving net-zero U.S. greenhouse gas emissions through a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers” while creating millions of jobs. Decarbonizing all the major segments of the economy — power, manufacturing, buildings, transportation and more. Huge investments in … Continue reading

The State of Science in the Trump Era

Union of Concerned Scientists https://bit.ly/2HBMIIY The Trump administration over its first two years has shown a pervasive pattern of sidelining science in critical decisionmaking, compromising our nation’s ability to meet current and future public health and environmental challenges. UCS first documented this pattern in 2017, six months after President Trump’s inauguration. Our 2019 report, The … Continue reading

ADVANCED FOSSIL ENERGY: Information on DOE-Provided Funding for Research and Development Projects Started from Fiscal Years 2010 through 2017

US Government Accountability Office https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-619 Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—will likely continue to be the major source of U.S. energy. The Department of Energy funds research and development (R&D) for innovative fossil fuel technologies. In the period we reviewed, the department provided $2.66 billion for 794 such projects. Among other things, we found: 42% … Continue reading

The Rise of Renewables and Energy Transition: What Adaptation Strategy for Oil Companies and Oil-exporting Countries?

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies https://bit.ly/2HiH2OV [Axios] The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies explores the decision-making behind how the industry and oil-exporting countries should approach the rise of renewables and the long-term move away from carbon-intensive fuels, in this new paper. Why it matters: The pace of the global energy transition is a “critical uncertainty,” and there are “dire” … Continue reading

A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship

re:focus partners / by Shalini Vajjhala and James Rhodes http://brook.gs/2xl2mmy [Brookings Institution] So how can governments at all levels take a different approach to managing natural disasters? In a new report, A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship, my co-author James Rhodes and I highlight how Resilience Bonds can help local, state, and federal government agencies and international development banks … Continue reading

From Gas to Grid: Building Charging Infrastructure to Power Electric Vehicle Demand

Rocky Mountain Institute https://www.rmi.org/insights/reports/from_gas_to_grid/ (download with registration) [Axios] A major Rocky Mountain Institute report released this morning says policymakers need to move ahead ASAP with wise policies to plan for and create the charging infrastructure for EV’s in an energy-efficient and financially sound way. “Electric vehicles of all sizes, shapes, and applications are coming quickly, and … Continue reading

China’s Global Renewable Energy Expansion: How the World’s Second-Biggest Economy Is Positioned to Lead the World in Clean-Power Investment

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) http://bit.ly/2jj9g4q [Press Release] China will likely expand its dominance of the booming global renewable- and clean-energy industries as new American energy policies come into play, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)… Tim Buckley, lead author of the report … Continue reading

Quadrennial Energy Review — Second Installment

US Dept. of Energy https://energy.gov/epsa/quadrennial-energy-review-second-installment [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Obama administration’s second – and final – Quadrennial Energy Review is coming out today. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Obama climate aide Dan Utech are rolling out the tome, which aims to align energy policies across the federal government, at 10 a.m. in … Continue reading