Category Archives: Federal Energy Policy

DOE Suspends Small Reactor Work at SRS

In a surprising announcement, the Department of Energy has suspended all small nuclear reactor work at the Savannah River Site. As with the production tax credit for wind, the federal government’s ability to finance energy projects has been hampered recently. … Continue reading

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Norway to Double Carbon Tax on Oil Industry

More and more countries view a tax on carbon as the most effective way to encourage the innovation and adoption of carbon-free goods and services. Norway is the latest country to move boldly on this issue, announcing that it will … Continue reading

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California to Charge for Carbon Emissions

California will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit. Opponents and supporters alike say that the state’s emissions reduction program is ambitious and risky, but this isn’t the … Continue reading

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Japan Adopts Carbon Tax

Despite a nationwide shutdown of its nuclear fleet following the Fukushima disaster last year, Japan still found the will to adopt a carbon tax on major emitters. The tax will come in three phases with the first increase adding between … Continue reading

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Coal-Fired Australia, Buffeted by Climate Change, Enacts Carbon Tax

Australia, a nation with enormous coal deposits and one of the world’s highest per capita  carbon emissions, is implementing an aggressive tax on carbon in response to dramatic climate changes impacting the country. Soaring temperatures have amplified droughts, floods, and … Continue reading

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Risk & Choice: Are We Capable of Addressing Certain Threats?

The SC Sea Grant Consortium’s summer newsletter includes an insightful article on the science of risk and choice. While the piece doesn’t address the energy sector, many of the author’s conclusions apply to our decision-making about fossil fuel consumption and climate change. Read More

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White House Supports CHP

The White House has issued an Executive Order to encourage efforts to achieve a national goal of deploying 40 gigawatts of new, cost effective industrial Combined Heat & Power (CHP) in the United States by the end of 2020. By … Continue reading

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True Cost of Energy

A new study paints a revealing picture about the true costs of our energy choices. Read More

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Is Government Support Lagging on Clean Energy?

Traditional energy resources have enjoyed a history of government support that continues to this day.  Shouldn’t we expect the same for this generation of clean energy technologies? Read More

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The Future of Oil

Here is a must read, sobering analysis of the future of oil supplies. Read More

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