Redeveloping Philly’s Neighborhood Refinery

Posted by Christina Simeone

Back in a June blog post, I outlined some of the economic stresses impacting Philadelphia’s neighborhood refinery - Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), a joint venture between Sunoco and the Carlyle Group - which included ending its bid to go public and reducing gasoline output due to low profit margins. Since June,...


For Pollution Health Benefits, Nations Should Choose Nuclear

Posted by Mollie Simon

Last week, the Kleinman Center hosted Dr. Katherine Smith, a Senior Technology and Market Assessor for gemaker, Pty Ltd., a science and technology marketing company , who has twice held posts as a nuclear science and technology attaché for the Australian Government, for a lecture on “Why Some Nations Choose Nuclear.”...


Can a Pencil Change Hydraulic Fracturing?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Nobel-ignorer Bob Dylan sang: “Now, a very great man once said. That some people rob you with a fountain pen.”  That very great man was, of course, Woody Guthrie. The adage “the pen is mightier than the sword” reminds us that writing—and the thinking behind it—can have more influence on the world than the use of force...


Washington State Technocrats Spurn the 'Alberta Approach'

Posted by Dillon Weber

America’s electoral system is frequently critiqued for giving too much power to voters in swing states in Presidential elections, but this year voters in a strongly liberal state may have more impact on U.S. energy policy than any vote for who sits in the oval office. Initiative Measure-732 (I-732), on the ballot in...


What I Learned From a Major Oil and Gas Company

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

I think it’s safe to say that “fracking” is a controversial word.  Countries—and one U.S. state—have banned the practice, and a former presidential candidate made a national fracking ban part of his platform. The impacts of fracking continue to be a subject of study, debate, protest, and division here in Pennsylvania...


Progress in Improving Ukrainian Energy Security

Posted by William Hederman, Senior Fellow

As we hear of both new efforts by European leaders to push for peace and more dangerous posturing and saber-rattling between Ukraine and Russia—with Russia still occupying Crimea as Russian territory—we see the importance of energy to the geopolitics of Europe.  Russia provides vast amounts of gas and oil to countries...


Discussing the Politics of PA’s Energy Future

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Some of the most “interesting” moments of my tenure as Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) involved the politics that shape our state’s rapidly-changing energy future. A year ago, during a public listening session on the Clean Power Plan, I was physically threatened by a climate...


The Natural Gas War on Coal

Posted by Christina Simeone

A study recently published in The Electricity Journal, written by two researchers (Dr. Walter Culver and Dr. Mingguo Hong) at Case Western Reserve University, is using data to confirm what many already believed to be true—that low priced natural gas, not a political “war on coal,” is leading to a decline in U.S. coal...


PJM's Proposal to Correct for State Subsidies

Posted by Christina Simeone

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog highlighting how competitive power markets are being challenged (for example by state-level policy interventions), identifying key themes going forward, and calling for creative solutions and leadership (as opposed to regression into re-regulation). This blog is going to highlight...


Part 2: What Do We Want the Legacy of Shale Gas to Be?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

  In my last post, I wrote about a new report from The Nature Conservancy and Carnegie Mellon University that discusses the next generation of environmental practices for shale gas development.  An important new analysis from CNA, a nonprofit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the ...


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