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“Frack or Fiction” recommends upgrades to California’s draft regulation of hydraulic fracturing

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On June 6th, Energy Innovation released the report “Frack or Fiction”, which offers recommendations to the California Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). Last December, DOGGR released a Pre-Rulemaking Discussion Draft Regulation to start the process of oversight…

Wind is Now Cheaper than Coal in Montana

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Quietly, something huge is happening in Montana. Electricity from wind plants is now cheaper than coal-fired electricity. And this is according to data on file with the Montana Public Service Commission (MT PSC)—the official body that regulates Montana’s electric utilities.…

Christopher Martin on Efforts to Roll Back State RPS Laws

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A recent Bloomberg article by Christopher Martin points out that a majority of states that currently have Renewable Portfolio Standards (16 of 29 states) are considering legislation to weaken or repeal these standards.  The efforts are being spearheaded by the…

Hal’s Op-Ed Reviews Best Policies to Promote Sustainable Urbanization in China

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This morning, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published an op-ed by Hal that discusses the best urban design principles to deal with China’s new and expanding cities. In the article, titled “Paying for the great urbanization of China,” Hal emphasizes…

Hal Hosts Energy Policy Mini Course at University of Chicago

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In April, Hal taught a mini course on energy policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. The course comprised four interactive lectures that covered today’s energy situation and offered energy policy solutions for building a sustainable…

Germany Revolutionizes Renewable Energy

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In a recent article, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist, Amory Lovins, describes Germany’s transition to a high share of renewable energy and the policies the country has put in place to achieve its ambitious energy goals. Despite…

Michael Liebreich Writes on the Changing Energy Ecosystem

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Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, recently wrote an article on the changing energy system and the future needs of energy businesses.  Liebreich argues that the energy system is complex and interconnected, like an ecosystem, such that…

California Governor Visits China to Discuss Trade and Climate Change

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California Governor Jerry Brown is currently in the middle of a two-week trip to China, during which he intends to create stronger economic and trade relationships between China and California, as well as make a joint commitment to solving climate…

Hal Speaks at Stanford-MIT Game-Changers Workshop

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Hal recently delivered a speech at the 2013 MIT-Stanford Game-Changers Workshop about the policies and practices that are needed for success in energy R&D. These include great national labs, collaboration between government and the private sector, a steady demand signal…

ARPA-E Holds Annual Energy Innovation Summit

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) held their annual Energy Innovation Summit from Feb. 25-27. The summit provides an opportunity for ARPA-E awardees, finalists, and other select energy companies to demonstrate their cutting-edge energy research and technologies. It also features…