Part 1: What Do We Want the Legacy of Shale Gas to Be?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

A new report by The Nature Conservancy and Carnegie Mellon University discusses the next generation of environmental practices for shale gas development: In May, 2015, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) hosted a multi-sector, collaborative workshop to discuss how to advance the next...


Will the Dakota Access Pipeline be the Next Keystone?

Posted by Mollie Simon

In North Dakota, environmentalists have been fighting hard and winning big on the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The 1,200 mile pipeline would cost $3.7 billion and would pass through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, caring 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil a day to the Gulf of Mexico....


Privatizing Centralized Nuclear Waste Storage

Posted by Christina Simeone

In August, the Kleinman Center released a report, “Nuclear Decommissioning: Paying More for Greater, Uncompensated Risks,” highlighting facts policymakers and communities should understand when considering support for economically challenged nuclear power plants.  The report identified how the federal government’s...


PJM on CPP: The Sky is Not Falling

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Critics of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan have claimed, among other things, that its imposition would result in power plant retirements, blackouts, and electricity price spikes. Those fears have helped fuel legislative opposition to CPP here in Pennsylvania. As Chicken Little would say: “The sky is...


Questioning Competitive Power Markets

Posted by Christina Simeone

On September 7, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee hosted the first in a series of hearings examining the effectiveness of the Federal Power Act (FPA). This first hearing focused on historical perspectives on the FPA, posing specific questions to understand the history and...


Powering Philadelphia’s Transit Future

Posted by Mollie Simon

What’s the best way to sustainably power our vehicles? Natural gas is undoubtedly cleaner than petroleum or diesel, but many argue that any move towards more fossil fuels is a step in the wrong direction. Electric vehicles are gaining in popularity. This spring SEPTA announced that they would add 25 electric buses in...


Material Climate Change Disclosure

Posted by Christina Simeone

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering enhancing corporate disclosure requirements related to climate change risks. Last month, the SEC wrapped up a 90-day comment period on its “concept release” effort to gather information needed to potentially modernize business and financial disclosure...


A Matter of Perspective

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

The U.S. Energy Information Administration this week said that carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas-fired electricity generation are surpassing those of coal-fired power: Source: It’s happening, EIA says, because in 2015, natural gas consumption was 81% higher...


NARUC’s Distributed Resources Manual

Posted by Christina Simeone

On July 23, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) – a non-profit organization focused on issues of importance to state public utility commission that regulate gas, electric, telecommunications, water, and other public services – hosted a town hall discussion of its draft Manual on...


Pathways to a Just Energy Transition

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Last September, I convened one of 14 listening sessions on Pennsylvania’s path to complying with the Clean Power Plan in Greene County, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s soft coal country. That evening, I heard from elected officials, trade groups, and—most importantly—coal miners and their families. I’ll...


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