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Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States

Monday, June 19th, 2017
TABLE 1 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the U.S. (in order of 2015 net electric generation)

This report examines and compares the stack air pollutant emissions of the 100 largest power producers in the United States based on their 2015 generation, plant ownership, and emissions data. Table 1 lists the 100 largest power producers featured in this report ranked by their total electricity generation from fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable energy facilities. These producers include public and private entities1 (collectively referred to as “companies” or “producers” in this report) that own roughly 2,900 power plants and account for 85 percent of reported electric generation and 86 percent of the industry’s reported emissions.

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A Cyberattack on the U.S. Power Grid

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations: Cyberattack

The U.S. power grid has long been considered a logical target for a major cyberattack. Besides the intrinsic importance of the power grid to a functioning U.S. society, all sixteen sectors of the U.S. economy deemed to make up the nation’s critical infrastructure rely on electricity. Disabling or otherwise interfering with the power grid in a significant way could thus seriously harm the United States.

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Unpacked: Why does the U.S. need energy innovation?

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Unpacked: Why does the U.S. need energy innovation?

Brookings Senior Fellow Mark Muro and Devashree Saha discuss the declining number of patents and ventures capital funds going to clean technology in the United States. They also explain why investing in energy innovation is important for the U.S. economy and fighting climate change.

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Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

The world is on the cusp of three revolutions in transportation: vehicle electrification, automation, and widespread shared mobility (sharing of vehicle trips). Separately or together, these revolutions will fundamentally change urban transportation around the world over the next three decades.

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Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Figure 2. Consumer Choices: cost-per-mile analysis9

We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history. By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles (AVs), 95% of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets, not individuals, in a new business model we call “transport-as-a-service” (TaaS). The TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.

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Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Cities and local communities play an integral role in driving energy efficiency throughout the United States. The cities of Atlanta and Boston are energy efficiency leaders, achieving great success in energy saving and energy management creating energy efficient buildings in their cities, both municipal and commercial. Can the two cities; both on the east coast but with completely different climates help each other think differently about ways to save energy?

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The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Battery Storage Market Poised for Growth

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Price of Lithium-Ion Batteries (2014–2016)

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) Written by Gerry Donohue Battery storage is not yet ready for prime time. It is just too expensive. Although it has cost-effective applications in a few niches, such as island grids or locations where technical constraints require a non-wired solution, it doesn’t pencil out for large-scale energy storage. That […]

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Making the Grade: Energy

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Making the Grade: Energy

In the ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, energy received a grade of D+. Most electric transmission and distribution lines were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s with a 50-year life expectancy, and the lower 48 states’ power grid is at full capacity. Without greater attention to aging equipment, as well as addressing storm and climate impacts, Americans will likely experience longer and more frequent power interruptions – already reportedly in excess of 3,500 per year. What can you do to help? Watch the video and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

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Is a perfect storm looming in the U.S.?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Construction Zone

…a huge problem is looming. Construction and engineering firms are already loudly proclaiming that they cannot find enough workers. There is a critical shortage of trained construction workers throughout the U.S. and Trump’s immigration policies will deplete the inadequate pool of workers significantly.

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