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Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Washington, DC: Putting Power Lines Underground

Monday, December 21st, 2015
Washington, DC: Putting Power Lines Underground

The DC Power Line Undergrounding (DC PLUG) project represents a public-private partnership between the District government and Pepco that will result in the strategic undergrounding of overhead feeders in Wards 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8…Through this initiative, the high-voltage feeders most affected by outages will be installed underground. Approximately half of the District is already served by undergound lines. Secondary and service lines will remain overhead on the existing poles.

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A Tale of Three Markets: Comparing the Solar and Wind Deployment Experiences of California, Texas, and Germany

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Figure 1: Map of Solar PV Resource Quality – U.S. and Germany20

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
STEYER-TAYLOR CENTER FOR ENERGY POLICY AND FINANCE
The Obama administration has repeatedly identified the large-scale build-out of clean, renewable energy infrastructure as a key priority of the United States. The President’s calls for a cleaner energy economy are often accompanied by references to other industrialized countries such as Germany, the world’s 4th largest economy, hailed by many as a leader in renewable energy deployment and proof of concept. Indeed, the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity generation mix (28% ) is twice that of the United States (14% ), and the ambitious „Energiewende“ commits the country to meeting 80% of its electricity needs with renewables by 2050. The German renewables experience, however, is not without its critics.

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Fuel Economy State of the World 2016

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
FIGURE 1 Global passenger light duty vehicle stock out to 2050

GLOBAL FUEL ECONOMY INITIATIVE
Vehicles play a vital role in our economic and social prosperity, connecting people, goods and places. However, to prevent dangerous climate change the vehicles of the future must be more efficient and less polluting. The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) brings together technical and policy experts to show how to achieve this and to support governments and the private sector to make this happen.

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NYC’s Underground Park: Touring the Lowline Test Lab

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
NYC’s Underground Park: Touring the Lowline Test Lab

A test lab for the Lowline – the world’s first underground park – opens its doors to visitors in New York tomorrow. Here, founder James Ramsey leads us on an exclusive tour of the 1,200 sq m garden, which brings his vision to turn a disused trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into a public green space closer to reality.

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Smart Energy + Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Smart Energy + Transportation Infrastructure

Roads help people access education, healthcare and jobs. Electricity generation is vital to fueling our societies. Yet both often impact natural ecosystems and the services they provide. In this video, we take a look at how these two can coexist and how economic analysis plays a big part in identifying the factors needed to make smart decisions.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Value chain of production and consumption of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal)

THE NEW CLIMATE ECONOMY
Despite this mounting evidence of the costs of fossil fuel subsidies, and the potential virtuous cycles that could result from their removal, governments are often reticent to undertake reform. Researchers have identified several specific reasons for the persistence of subsidies. Some of these are explicit, such as a lack of information, while others are implicit, driven by special interests.

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State Transportation Statistics 2015

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Table 1-1: Public Road Length, Miles by Functional System: 2013

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
The State Transportation Statistics 2015 report contains comprehensive, quantitative data on the following topics: Infrastructure; Safety; Freight Transportation; Passenger Travel; Registered Vehicles and Vehicle-Miles Traveled; Economy and Finance; Energy and Environment

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Market Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Clean Power Plan Emissions Rate Goals: Projection of needed progress from 2020‐2030 (Source: EPA and SNL data)

BLACK & VEATCH Introduction On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel electric generating units (EGUs). The final rule establishes CO2 emission performance rates based upon the EPA’s determination of the best system of emission […]

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Industrial Efficiency in the Changing Utility Landscape

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Annual Electricity Consumption Has Decreased on Average: U.S. percentage demand growth, 1950-2040

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS

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Lights Out? Storm Surge, Blackouts, and How Clean Energy Can Help

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
FIGURE 1. U.S. Electric Grid Disruptions

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS
To maintain our present and future access to reliable electricity—and all the health, safety, and economic benefits such access allows—we must prepare our electric grid for increased coastal flooding. One necessary approach is adapting electricity infrastructure. However, it is also critical to simultaneously pursue solutions that go beyond intervening with specific pieces of equipment. For that, we can look to bolstering the overall electricity resilience of critical facilities and vulnerable populations.

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