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7 Things We Expect to See in Rick Perry’s Unnecessary and Biased Grid Study
On April 14, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested a 60-day “Study examining electricity markets and reliability.” The study was scheduled to be released on June 26, but it now appears it will be...
Wind Keeps Creating Jobs, Even as We Pull Out of Paris
President Trump announced last week that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement because, he said, it would impose “draconian financial and economic burdens” on the US...
Can Trump Revive the Coal Industry? Lessons from the Petra Nova and Kemper Projects
During the campaign, President-elect Trump promised to revive the coal industry. As others have reported, gutting EPA regulations designed to protect public health and the climate will have little...
A Powerful Investment: Clean Energy Financing in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
As the nation continues its transition to clean energy, innovative financing programs are one way states are attracting significant private investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, while...
Renewable Energy to Surpass Coal and Nuclear by 2030: 7 Key Takeaways from EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016
As a certified energy geek, I always look forward to this time of year. On July 11 and 12, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is holding their annual conference to discuss current energy...
New Analysis Shows Fixing Illinois Clean Energy Policies Is Essential to Any “Next Generation Energy Plan”
Last Friday, my colleague Jessica Collingsworth identified some of the key flaws in ComEd’s and Exelon’s proposed Next Generation Energy Plan that would prevent Illinois from moving toward a truly...
Minnesota Continues its National Leadership on the Clean Power Plan
On February 10, the U.S. Supreme Court placed a hold on the Clean Power Plan until the merits of the rule are decided. While 19 states have suspended compliance planning, 19 other states, including...
What Extending Federal Wind and Solar Tax Credits Means for the Clean Power Plan and Paris
Two new studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Rhodium Group show that the five-year extension of the federal production and investment tax credits ( PTC and ITC ) for...
Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and the Growing Risks of Storm Surge and Blackouts
Superstorm Sandy was a big wake-up call for the Northeast when it made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ, on October 29, 2012. In addition to the tragic loss of lives and property, Sandy caused...
Xcel’s Plan to Cut Carbon 60 percent is Affordable and Will Benefit Minnesota’s Economy
Growing up in Minnesota, I have very fond memories of going fishing with my Dad in the land of 10,000 lakes. Whether it was slaying crappies on Lake Minnetonka or catching walleyes on our summer...