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    Calls for increased natural gas production ignore US infrastructure needs

    While the President has recently shifted his narrative to support American natural gas, his administration continues to introduce and implement policies that impact our industry through added delays and costs, the author writes.

    Amy Andryszak • May 16, 2022
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    Closing the gap on rural EV 'charging deserts'

    Targeted federal funding and strategic regulation will be crucial to ensure that the charging network to power the electrical transformation is accessible and affordable for all, the author writes.

    William Policastro • May 13, 2022
  • Even studying public power makes little sense

    Switching to public power, or even studying it, would miserably fail a cost-benefit test and would be the wrong solution to whatever problem advocates of public power claim to solve, the author writes.

    Kenneth W. Costello • May 12, 2022
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    The public power option should be a community decision

    Whether municipalization efforts are driven by a desire for lower rates, better reliability, or environmental goals, this option should be explored as deeply as the community wants to go, the author writes.

    Joy Ditto • May 12, 2022
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    'Made in America' – An analog policy that needs to go digital

    To get smart grid projects off the drawing board, we need to include software as part of domestic content calculations — especially firmware for high-priority, planet-friendly projects like advanced metering infrastructure, the author writes.

    Tom Deitrich • May 11, 2022
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    Reliably hitting 85% clean electricity has huge implications for California — and the rest of the country

    If the country's largest economy can hit its clean energy goals and retire more natural gas generation despite challenges like extreme weather and deployment bottlenecks, so can any other state, the author writes.

    Daniel Esposito • May 10, 2022
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    Securing a better solar supply chain, one purchase at a time

    A sustained demand signal for better solar would accelerate the expansion of solar manufacturing in lower-carbon economies, securing a more reliable module supply from multiple sources, the authors write.

    Michael Parr and Patricia Dillon • May 6, 2022
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    Can FERC convince utilities to build modern transmission systems?

    The challenge before FERC is to ensure that transmission development is guided by consumer benefits and is not dictated by utility self-interest, the author writes. 

    Ari Peskoe • May 4, 2022
  • Let's get Western energy market governance right from the start

    The time has come to consider what the West needs for governance in a regional energy market, and the conversation must be inclusive of all stakeholder views, the author writes.

    Nicole Hughes • April 25, 2022
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    FERC must stand strong against industry pressure to weaken climate and environmental justice policies

    Federal regulators must quickly finalize the strongest possible policies to ensure a clear process that accounts for the true costs of fossil fuel projects, according to Earthjustice.

    Moneen Nasmith • April 20, 2022
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    An opportunity too good to pass up: Time to weigh in on federal funds for electric vehicles

    The Regulatory Assistance Project is calling on officials, advocates and executives to provide comments to the Federal Highway Administration on how to distribute $7.5 billion from the infrastructure bill to states.

    David Farnsworth and Camille Kadoch • April 19, 2022
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    Nuclear energy should not be part of the global solution to climate change

    Neither existing nor proposed reactors have a business case, so they have no climate case either. In energy as in financial portfolios, backing losers — diversifying into poor investments — only hurts performance, the author writes.

    Amory B. Lovins • April 12, 2022
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    For the Building Performance Standards Coalition to be effective, the White House must think bigger

    The former head of the U.S. Green Building Council weighs in on how federal, state and local government partners can go beyond just reducing building emissions as they pursue decarbonization.

    Mahesh Ramanujam • April 11, 2022
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    High risk, small reward: Regulators should tread carefully when reviewing utility hydrogen proposals

    Hydrogen blending with natural gas would likely raise consumer costs, increase dangerous pollution, and risk public safety, all while minimally reducing emissions, the author writes.

    Hadley Tallackson • April 5, 2022
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    Aligning climate and affordability goals can save states billions

    Investing in emissions reductions for communities facing the greatest challenges paying their energy bills can save taxpayers and ratepayers money, the authors write.

    Arjun Makhijani and Boris Lukanov • March 30, 2022
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    New best practices are unlocking demand-side management value in utility online marketplaces

    Utility marketplaces are expanding their contribution to distributed energy resource adoption and diversified utility revenue streams, according to a Guidehouse Insights analyst.

    Daniel Talero • March 29, 2022
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    Local versus regional transmission planning: A false dichotomy

    Both regional and local transmission planning and infrastructure are indispensable to achieving a cleaner and more resilient energy grid, the author writes.

    Larry Gasteiger • March 21, 2022
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    New York energy policies will raise electricity costs and air pollution, slamming low-income communities

    Sometimes well-intentioned state policies can backfire and hurt the very people the state wants to protect, the author writes.

    Arnold R. Wallenstein • March 9, 2022
  • Pruning the thorns in transmission and generator interconnection reform

    The clean transition no longer lacks capital, but it suffers from regulation that discourages its efficient use, the authors write.

    Jennifer Chen and Devin Hartman • March 8, 2022
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    Supplier-consolidated billing: A tool for innovation and accountability in retail energy markets

    States can learn from the efforts of Maryland regulators to explore innovation opportunities in the most important touchpoint for customers — their utility bill — the author writes.

    Travis Kavulla • March 7, 2022
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    How to reform net energy metering the right way

    Economist Ahmad Faruqui proposes a path for California's NEM reform that he says would realize the goals of utilities without sacrificing the state's rooftop solar market.

    Ahmad Faruqui • March 4, 2022
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    California's utilities are not out to kill rooftop solar

    Existing residential solar has significantly contributed to California's decarbonization commitments, but going forward, the state should fulfill its future commitments in a more efficient, least-cost manner, the author writes. 

    Robert Borlick • March 2, 2022
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    The future is now: Doubling down on fossil fuels is not the solution to New England's energy needs

    To move beyond a time when every cold snap is punctuated by going to our dirtiest resources, we must break our central reliance on fossil fuel infrastructure, the author writes. 

    Joe Curtatone • March 1, 2022
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    Making corporate net-zero rhetoric real in 2022

    Every part of the C-suite must make decisions that will impact their companies for years to come, the authors assert.

    Chris Deri and Sasha Mackler • Feb. 28, 2022
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    How PJM's 'fat market' for capacity fuels environmental injustice and consumer expense

    As FERC Chair Richard Glick did recently, it’s imperative to continue to draw attention to ways in which unnecessary and uneconomic fossil fuel generation is prolonged by market flaws, the authors write.

    Liz Stanton and Joshua Castigliego • Feb. 24, 2022