Examining the Role of Early-Stage Venture Capital Investment in Energy

Posted by Peter Sopher, Kleinman-Birol Fellow

VC deal flows for companies with solar module and component technologies – such as cells, wafers and panels – have fallen in recent years while startups with business models related to providing financial and marketplace solutions for developing solar projects have received relatively more investment  The following is...


Big Natural Gas Customers Want Sustainability Reporting from Producers, Invite Stakeholder Comments

Posted by John Quigley

Investors are increasingly demanding that companies disclose climate and other operational risks to their bottom lines, and to report on sustainability efforts. Now, major natural gas consumers are getting into the act.   A very significant group of U.S. natural gas purchasers, including natural gas distribution...


Zero Emissions Credits: An Overview

Posted by Rachel D. Valletta, PhD

2016 brought the potential for a financial boon in the form of zero emissions credits (ZEC) to a fraction of the nation’s struggling nuclear fleet. Since their creation, ZECs have excited some, frustrated others, and confounded many. What exactly is a ZEC? Designed to compensate certain nuclear power units for...


Hurricane Harvey: Energy Markets Respond to the Flooding of a Major Energy Hub

Posted by Oscar Serpell

On Friday night, August 25th, the strongest storm to hit the Texas coast in half a century made landfall 20 miles northeast of Corpus Christi as a category 4 hurricane. Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey moved inland before stalling 60 miles southwest of Houston, devastating the region with record rainfall. The...


Plain as the Nose on Your Face: Nuclear Subsidy Food Fights Miss Market-Oriented Climate Solution

Posted by John Quigley

As I’ve written, the deep decarbonization effort that’s needed to salvage a habitable climate is in deep trouble.  As the public policy clown car careens toward the climate cliff, special interest politics are playing out in state capitals– including in our own Harrisburg-despite an obvious opportunity to do the right...


DOE Reliability Study: Everything’s Okay, For Now

Posted by Christina Simeone

Back in April, DOE Secretary Perry issued a memo calling for a reliability study of U.S. power systems, expressing concerns that competitive markets, renewables, and regulations were forcing retirement of baseload (i.e. coal and nuclear) power plants critical to reliability. In an April blog, I detailed reasons why...


Shot and Chaser

Posted by John Quigley

We’re in a world of climate trouble. Climate disruption is already having major impacts on the United States, according to a draft report prepared by U.S. government scientists.  And a new study finds that there’s only a five percent chance that we’ll avoid increasing global average temperatures by less two degrees...


Total Eclipse of the Grid?

Posted by Mollie Simon

There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming solar eclipse. People are making plans to view with family and friends and are even traveling to be inside the total eclipse path. Energy providers have also been planning for this event. With our reliance on solar, is the energy grid ready for the big light in the sky...


Welcome Back, FERC

Posted by William Hederman

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) now has three commissioners: Cheryl LaFleur, Robert Powelson, and Neil Chatterjee. With the two recent additions, FERC now has a legal quorum and can conduct new business for the first time since former FERC Chairman Norman Bay resigned at the beginning of the year. New...


Pragmatism not Fearmongering Needed on Gas Deliverability

Posted by Christina Simeone

Baseload power (i.e. coal and nuclear) interests that are being edged out by more competitive natural gas power generators are increasingly relying on the powerful emotion of fear to draw policymaker support for their struggling assets. Fear that the country’s increasing reliance on (currently) cheap and abundant...


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