Category Archives: Reports

Reliability of the grid

The National Academies Press  just published “Enhancing the resilience of the nation’s electricity system.” Electric power transmission and distribution reliability are critical to our “safety, productivity, comfort, and convenience.”  The electric power system has vulnerabilities that we would do well to … Continue reading

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Clean, dynamic, and distributed

The headline of a June 26, 2017 article in Bloomberg New Energy Finance  “Energy to 2040: Faster shift to clean, dynamic, distributed.” Seth Henbest’s analysis of the BNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2017 summarizes the “changing economics of energy generation” with these … Continue reading

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Top economists on carbon price and decarbonization

An article from June 12 in Inside Climate News, says that “top economists,” led by Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, report that the current average low price on carbon (less than $10 a ton) worldwide, will not achieve the transition to low … Continue reading

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“From Risk to Return”

This report is about the benefits of  Investing in a Clean Energy Economy. “Economic risks of unmitigated climate change to American businesses and long-term investors are large and unacceptable.”  This was the finding of the Risky Business Project, in their  initial … Continue reading

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“The Power of Change”

This 300 page book published September, 2016, by the National Academies Press (chartered by Congress) is the most up to date and credible analysis of the current status of technologies and policies supporting clean electric power technology. It can be downloaded for … Continue reading

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Removing tax preferences for U.S. oil and gas producers: discussion paper

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) just published a paper by Gilbert Metcalfe of Tufts, on the implications for the U.S. in the case of the removal of three “tax preferences” for the oil and gas industries, to the tune of $4 … Continue reading

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“Bringing values and deliberation to science communication”

Public participation is both invaluable and problematic in climate deliberations. This was discussed by Thomas Dietz in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at a symposium in 2012 on “Bringing Science to Science Deliberation.” “Decisions always involve both facts and … Continue reading

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