Opportunities in Thermal Efficiency: Combined Heat and Power

On March 2nd, at the 2013 MIT Energy Conference, experts gathered from academia, government, and the business community for a lively discussion about CHP.  Below, we highlight key takeaways from both technology and regulatory perspectives. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems are 30% more efficient than conventional separate heat and power (SHP), thus representing major efficiency opportunities to commercial...

Business Roundtable Releases Report Outlining Recommendations for Energy Policy

Chief executives of leading U.S. companies released a report outlining recommendations for a comprehensive energy policy framework that would capitalize on the nation’s strengths to enhance self-sufficiency, economic growth, and environmental stewardship. On February 25, 2013, Business Roundtable, a national association of corporate executives, released a report outlining recommendations to devise a comprehensive energy policy...

Policy Institute Petitions for Broader Application of Clean Air Act

A New York-based environmental law group petitioned EPA to broaden its regulatory approach via specified Clean Air Act provisions, including stipulations that would require all states to regulate carbon emissions.   On February 19, 2013, the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law petitioned EPA to utilize provisions under the Clean Air...

SOTU 2013: President Obama Pushes For Climate Change Action

President Obama outlined bold actions to combat climate change, elaborating on his inaugural vow to address the issue.  Obama further pledged to use his executive power to tackle climate change challenges if Congress denied action. At his State of the Union (SOTU) speech on February 12, 2013, President Obama cast a bold vision on climate change...

Climate Change Debate Intensifies

Divided opinions over climate change issues delayed approval of the draft oversight plan in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Democrats called to amend the draft plan to hold hearings on climate change science, an issue that Republicans have long opposed. On February 6, 2013, democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a...

Cuomo Announces New Plan to Boost New York’s PEV Charging Infrastructure

As part of state goals to further a clean tech economy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Charge NY Plan, a new initiative intended to create a comprehensive charging network for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in New York.  The proposal calls for a $50 million investment spread over five years, as part of...

Energy and the Presidency – From Campaigning to Policy Making

Politico Conference Recap by Erin Carson, Senior Policy Advisor A well-attended energy conference held in Washington D.C. last week asked congressional members and industry leaders about the upcoming energy policy agenda. The topics included oil and gas, renewable energy, and the possibility of new energy legislation. Panelists spoke about the need to invest in energy technologies...

Shape of the President’s Energy Agenda in the Second Term

With the election over, President Obama’s energy priorities will emerge as new rules and regulations are finalized under existing law. The balance of power in Washington is the same as it was prior to the elections– President Barack Obama will serve another four years and Congress will continue to be divided with a Democrat-controlled Senate...

MIT Study: Applying Carbon Tax Can Relieve US Budget Deficit

According to a report released by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on August 27, 2012, applying a carbon tax at the rate of $20 per ton in 2013 and increasing it by four percent per year can raise $1.5 trillion over a span of 10 years.  The report, which comes at a time when Congress...

Kerry-Lieberman Energy and Climate Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

  On May 12, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) introduced the discussion draft of the American Power Act—their long-awaited energy and climate change legislation. The bill’s stated goal is to “secure the energy future of the United States, to provide incentives for the domestic production of clean energy technology, to achieve meaningful...