Robbie Orvis

Senior Director, Modeling and Analysis

Robbie Orvis is Senior Director, Modeling and Analysis at Energy Innovation. Robbie directs the firm’s Modeling and Analysis program, which provides policy modeling, analysis, and design insights to decision-makers, think tanks, advocates, and philanthropic groups. As a specialist in energy and climate policy, Robbie routinely works with federal and state policymakers in the U.S. as well as international policymakers to analyze legislation and regulation and to provide insights on how to achieve climate goals. He has helped develop and deploy Energy Policy Simulator models in more than a dozen countries, including Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, and to analyze decarbonization pathways in each region.

Robbie is the lead author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy and frequently provides insights to decision-makers on how to design policies to achieve deep decarbonization. His research is regularly cited in the nation’s top news outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg, and the Los Angeles Times, and he is a regular contributor to Forbes.

Prior to joining Energy Innovation in 2014, Robbie received his Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, where he focused on energy economics and policy. Robbie received his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Works from Robbie Orvis

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Electric Vehicle Sales Poised For Rapid Growth, Despite Inflation Reduction Act Limitations

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Intro to the Energy Policy Simulator, conducting analysis with Vensim Model Reader/DSS

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Energy Policy Simulator calculations and decision-making: buildings, power, industry, transportation

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Energy Policy Simulator calculation and decision-making: cash flow, land use, carbon capture, health

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U.S. Department Of Energy Industrial Decarbonization Roundtable

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U.S. To See Renewable Energy Boom In Wake Of Historic Climate Bill

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What landmark new US climate law means for emissions

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The Energy Gang Podcast: What Does The IRA Mean For The World?

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Updated Inflation Reduction Act Modeling Using The Energy Policy Simulator

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Biden Secures Climate Legacy With Inflation Reduction Act, Say Activists

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West Virginia Coal Country Will Test Power of Democrats' Climate Bill

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The U.S. Is Making A Big Down Payment On Climate Change. Here's What Needs To Come Next

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How The Historic Climate Bill Will Drastically Reduce U.S. Emissions

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A Huge Side Benefit Of The New Climate Bill

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Modeling The 'IRA' Carbon Cuts: Caveats, Uncertainty, And Luggage

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The New EV Tax Credits Could Create A Huge Mess

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Historic Climate Bill To Supercharge Clean Energy Industry

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EV Hub Live Episode #19: Breaking Down the IRA

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How The Senate's Big Climate Bill Eliminates 4 Billion Tons Of Emissions

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Modeling The Inflation Reduction Act Using The Energy Policy Simulator

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Senate Deal's 'Huge' Carbon Cuts Would Keep U.S. Climate Goals Alive

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What Democrats' New Big Bill Would Actually Do

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Manchin's Decision Provokes Fury Over Potential Warmer World

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The Supreme Court Vs. The EPA

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Hope Dims That U.S. Can Meet 2030 Climate Goals

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Achieving An 80 Percent Carbon Free Electricity System In China By 2035

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California Energy Policy Simulator Update: Earlier Action Delivers Social and Economic Benefits

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Scoop: Democrats Meet With Ford Executives to Juice Talks On Electric Vehicles

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Biden Moves Aggressively On Solar. Will It Work?

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To Fight Inflation, Pass EV Tax Credits Now

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Report: Electric Cars Are Cheaper Than Gasoline Cars In Almost Every State

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Electric Cars Are Cheaper To Own In New Jersey Than California

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Energy Policy-- The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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If You Want To Buy An EV, New Jersey Is The Place To Be

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Most Electric Vehicles Are Cheaper Off the Lot Than Gas Cars From Day One

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EVs Can Be Cheaper On A Monthly Basis Than Gas-Powered Cars

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A Fresh Lens On Electric Vehicle Costs

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You're Thinking About EV Prices All Wrong: Here's The Math

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McCarthy: Climate Goals Possible With 'Core' Tax Credits

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President Biden's Climate Ambitions Are All But Dead

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Legislative Setbacks Plague Biden's Climate Goals

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The Future of Clean Energy

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Biden's Climate Goals Are In Peril

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Oregon's $4 Billion Economic Opportunity From Ambitious Climate Policy

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'Defining Moment': How Can The U.S. End Its Dependency On Fossil Fuels?

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What The Bans On Russian Fossil Fuels Actually Mean

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Biden Taps Head Of The EPA's Air Office. Expect A Tough Confirmation Fight

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Biden's Climate Change Agenda Would Reduce Oil Demand Enough To Replace Russian Imports: Study

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Energy Security Benefits of Congressional Climate and Clean Energy Policy

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Biden's Oil Dilemma

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Why The White House Never Released Its 2030 Climate Strategy

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PJM, Flooded With Interconnection Requests, Proposes Two-Year Review Pause

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The Energy Gang Podcast: Saving Build Back Better

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'Wicked Hard': Biden, Congress Struggle To Curb U.S. Emissions

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Pathways For Decarbonizing India’s Energy Future: Scenario Analysis Using The India Energy Policy Simulator

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What Biden's $2-Trillion Spending Bill Could Mean For Climate Change

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Big Payout, More CO2: Greens Split Over Dems' CCS Plan

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Climate Actions In New Law Are Merely A Down Payment

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Rising Natural-Gas Prices Pose Hurdle For Methane Tax

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Joe Manchin, The Influential Democrat Blocking Climate Legislation

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Louisiana Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, NDC Scenario

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Doing The Math On Biden's Climate Pledge

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Biden's Economic Plan Cuts U.S. Emissions By More Than A Gigaton

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Biden's Spending Bill Includes $555 Billion For Climate Measures

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It's Biden's Biggest Climate Policy. What Happens If Joe Manchin Kills It?

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Joe Manchin Leads Opposition To Biden's Climate Bill, Backed By Support From Oil, Gas, And Coal

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Why Is Joe Manchin Obstructing A Key Provision In Biden's Climate Agenda?

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World Waits For Specifics On U.S. Climate Plan

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Here's What Manchin Told The Biden Team On Climate

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Modeling The Infrastructure Bills Using The Energy Policy Simulator

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Democrats' Central Climate Program Is In Trouble

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Reconciliation Bill Would Slash Emissions. But By How Much?

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U.S. Global Climate Promises Hang On Reconciliation Battle

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Payments Or Fines: How Dems’ CES Would Affect Utilities

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Most Colorado Coal Power Plants Less Cost Effective Than Wind, Solar

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Colorado Climate Compromise Passes In The Final Days Of The State Legislative Session

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Democrats' Divisions Haunt Clean Electricity Standard

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Polis Promised Bold Climate Action. Now He's Blocking It.

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G-7 Environment Ministers Target Fossil Fuel Funding

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McCarthy: Nuclear energy isn't going anywhere

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The Decarbonization Gap That's Splitting Colorado Democrats

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As Coal Retreats, Climate Finance Battle Targets Gas

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Polis Defiant As Models Show 'Big Gap' In Colo. Climate Push

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Colorado Far From Meeting Emissions-Reduction Goals, Report Says

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Colorado Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, 1.5°C Scenario

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In Biden’s Infrastructure Moonshot, A Big Question: Can The Nation Still Achieve Its Highest Ambitions?

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Modeling A 1.5°C Pathway To Climate Leadership For The United States

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How Biden Could Actually Deliver On His Climate Goals

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Biden Unveils Sweeping Climate Goal And Plans To Meet It Even If Congress Won't

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Biden Pledges U.S. Will Cut Climate-Changing Pollution At Least In Half By 2030

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The Policy Pathways To Cut US Carbon Emissions In Half By 2030

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Biden's Climate Pledge: Not Easy, Not Impossible

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A 1.5°C NDC For Climate Leadership By The United States

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Coal plant closures slow, In Blow To Biden Climate Goals

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Biden Under Pressure To Set Tough Emissions Target

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Here's What Biden Could Include In His Paris Climate Pledge

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A Net-Zero Strategy For Biden To Lead The US On Climate Action

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Biden expected to seek 50% carbon cut by 2030

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Zero Emissions Drive Would Grow U.S. Economy

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Modeling Deep Decarbonization In The Nevada Energy Policy Simulator

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Clean Energy Strategy Won’t Meet Clean Energy Goals, Panel Told

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Nevada Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, 1.5°C Scenario

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Report Finds That A Clean Energy Standard Is The ‘Linchpin’ Of US Achieving Climate Goals

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Hitting Net Zero By 2050 Could Add $1 Trillion To The U.S. Economy

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Stopping Carbon Pollution By 2050 Would Add $1 Trillion To The Economy

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US Off Track To Limit Warming To 1.5 Degrees

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A Clean Energy Milestone: Renewables Pulled Ahead Of Coal In 2020

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Minnesota Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, 1.5°C Scenario

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Clean Energy Expert To Help Climate Team Decarbonize Grid

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Demo Of U.S. Energy Policy Simulator Economic And Health Modeling Capabilities

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Virginia Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Virginia Clean Economy Act, 1.5°C Pathway Scenario

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Report: Virginia’s 100% Clean Energy Law Insufficient To Tackle Climate Change

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Tallying Emissions Cuts From Virginia's Clean Energy Plans

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Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles: Policies to Solve Climate Change

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CO2 Spike Looms As Biden Vows To Tackle Warming

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Inside Clean Energy: Four Things Biden Can Do for Clean Energy Without Congress

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Investors Are Wrong To Worry About A President Biden

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What Does The Democrats' Plan Have To Say About Environmental Justice

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Biden-Sanders Task Force Proposals Could Actually Move The Needle On Climate Action

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Calls Grow Louder For Biden To Strengthen His Climate Goals

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The Next Energy Battle: Renewables vs. Natural Gas

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House Democrats Release 'Bold' Plan to Tackle Carbon Emissions by 2050

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House Democrats Release Sweeping Climate Proposal Calling For Net-Zero US Emissions By 2050

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House Democrats Spell Out Climate, Clean Energy Priorities In Sweeping Plan

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Modeling The House Select Committee On The Climate Crisis' Action Plan

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House Democrats Lay Out New Roadmap For Cutting U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Democrats To Unveil Bold New Climate Plan To Phase Out Emissions By 2050

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Dems Map Path To Clean Energy, Environmental Justice

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House Democrats Just Put Out The Most Detailed Climate Plan In US Political History

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Democrats Unveil Sweeping Plan To Tackle Climate Change

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Democrats’ Ambitious Climate Action Plan Targets A Clean US Grid By 2040

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CO2 Emissions Will Drop By A Record 2.6 Billion Tons This Year, Thanks To The Coronavirus

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A Model Policy Pathway To Net-Zero Emissions By 2050

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California Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, Policy Opportunities To Reach 2030 Emissions Reduction Goal

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Hong Kong Energy Policy Simulator: Methods, Data, And Scenario Results For 2050

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Candidates Are Finally Talking About Climate Change, But They’re Asking All The Wrong Questions

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Cutting Carbon In Homes: 'It Is A Head Change For People'

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Clean energy, yes. But divisions put Dems on different paths

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US Wind, Solar Finance Alternatives Rise As Sector Rushes Against Looming Tax Credit Expiration

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Economic Headwinds Fuel Suspicions About China's CO2

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Getting to Net Zero Emissions Using the Energy Policy Simulator

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China Is Positioned To Lead On Climate Change As The U.S. Rolls Back Its Policies

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Asia's Utilities And Policymakers Should Think Twice About Doubling Down On Risky U.S. LNG Imports

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Economic, Emissions Impact of Trump Fuel Economy Rollback-Emissions Standards Freeze: U.S., California, Canada

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Market Design for Rapid Decarbonization

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Designing Climate Solutions

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Designing Climate Solutions – A Big-Picture View That Doesn’t Skimp On Details

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How to cut U.S. emissions faster? Do what these countries are doing.

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Unpacking The GND's Renewables Goal

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How The Green New Deal’s 100% Renewable Energy Goal Could Be Achieved

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Climate Triage: Swift Action Is Required To Save Humanity from Dangerous Global Warming

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A Blueprint For Saving Civilization

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Capacity Pricing Changes: How Each Power Market Plans To Account For Resource Adequacy

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Designing Climate Solutions

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Carbon Pricing Is Key To Fighting Climate Change-But It's No Silver Bullet

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It’s Time For You To Step Up And Advocate For Climate Change Action

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Designing Climate Solutions — #CleanTechnica Book Review

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The Ins And Outs Of De-Risking Renewable Energy Investments

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Well-Designed Subsidies Boost Electric Vehicle Adoption

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Perry On The Move

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Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy

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Trump Administration To Drop Its Emergency Coal, Nuclear Bailout Plan

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Trump Administration Coal Emissions Rollback Bad Business

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This Is What Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback Means For The Climate

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Un-SAFE: Trump Clean Cars Rollback Would Cost $450 Billion By 2050, Increase Emissions 11% By 2035

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Impacts Of Trump Fuel Economy Standard Rollback: Economic Losses, Emissions, Fuel Use

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Could New Jersey Leave PJM? BPU Is Considering It.

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How FERC’s New Ruling Is Upending the Country’s Biggest Capacity Market

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How FERC's 'Unprecedented' PJM Order Could Unravel Capacity Markets

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Refining Competitive Electricity Market Rules To Unlock Flexibility

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PJM Adequacy Analysis Approved Despite Concerns

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Refining Competitive Electricity Market Rules To Unlock Flexibility

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Energy Lobbyists Have A New PAC To Push For A Carbon Tax. Wait, What?

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Five Questions on Trump’s Coal, Nuke Bailout

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Administration Proposes Emergency Measure To Save Coal And Nuclear. How Will It Impact Consumers?

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Trump Administration Taking ‘Immediate Steps’ To Try To Stop Closure Of Coal, Nuclear Power Plants

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DOE Coal, Nuclear Bailout Proposal “Threatens To Undermine Very Foundation of Competitive Electricity Markets”

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Breaking Down The Opposition To DOE’s Emergency Coal And Nuclear Bailout Plan

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Trump Orders A Lifeline For Struggling Coal And Nuclear Plants

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Capacity Auction Offers More Troubling News For Nuclear

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PJM Capacity Auction Results Show Solar Boom

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Capacity Prices Jump in Most of PJM

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PJM Loses A Quarter Of Its Nuke Capacity In Latest Power Auction

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Trump's Doomsday Scenarios For Power Grid Undercut By His Agency

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PJM Seeks To Have Market Value Fuel Security

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PJM Says It Doesn’t Need FirstEnergy’s Nuclear Plants for Grid Reliability

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PJM Files Competing Capacity Market Reforms At FERC

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Stronger Policies Can Help Canada Reach Its Paris Climate Goal, Save More Than $150 Billion Annually

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Enhancing Canada's Climate Commitments: Building On The Pan-Canadian Framework

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FERC Ruling Could Undermine State Renewable Energy Mandates

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Poland's Path To Tackling Climate Change: 40% Fewer Emissions, $26 Billion Annual Savings by 2050

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Resilience, Market Pricing, And Reading Between The Lines Of This Week’s Action At FERC

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Could FERC Order Put State Clean Energy Policies In Danger?

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PJM Pushes Plant Payment Reforms As RTOs File Resilience Comments At FERC

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The 'Stealth NOPR?' PJM CEO Says Market Reforms Are No Bailout For Coal

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Trending Topics – It’s Time To Refine How We Talk About Wholesale Markets

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Trump Just Endorsed A Climate Policy — Sort Of

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A Gas Tax Hike Would Generate $840 Billion, Add 1.2 Million EVs, Cut 1.3 Billion Barrels Fuel Use

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Effects Of A $0.25 Federal Gas Tax Increase On U.S. Economy, Fuel Use, Fleet Composition

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It’s Time To Refine How We Talk About Wholesale Markets

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White House Memo Proposes Faster Environmental Review Process For Infrastructure Projects

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A Peek Inside Trump's Budget Wish List

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Bomb Cyclone And NOPR Redux: What The Grid Really Needs

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Why Rick Perry’s Coal-Friendly Market Intervention Was Legally Doomed

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'FERC Did Its Job:' Former Regulators, Lawyers Laud DOE NOPR Rejection

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Experts View Trump’s Intervention As ‘Worrisome’ Even After Coal, Nuclear Subsidy Plan Fails

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FERC Rejects Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Coal And Nuclear Energy Market Bailout Plan

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Energy Markets, Not Coal Bailouts, Will Keep The East Coast Warm This Week

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Trump Versus Solar

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A Moment Of Truth Arrives For Rick Perry’s Widely Hated Coal Bailout

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An American Energy Plan Straight From Coal Country

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The Trump Administration’s Coal Bailout

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One Trump Buzzword to Seal Fate of $700 Billion Power Trade

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Costs Of White House Bailout Of Coal And Nukes: 27,000 Early Deaths, $263 Billion

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Executive of the Year: Chris Crane, CEO Of Exelon

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Trump’s Coal Man Is Racing Against The Clock To Bail Out Plants

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How Trump’s Plan To Help Coal Will Raise People’s Power Bills

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Proposed Bailout of Coal and Nuclear Is Trump Admin’s Attempt to Save Dying Industries

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Proposed Coal And Nuclear Bailout Roundly Condemned In FERC Comments

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Who Needs A NOPR? Seven Ways To Make Wholesale Power Markets More Reliable

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Coal, Nuclear Subsidies Could Cost Billions; Utilities Say Midwest Customers Could Pay Twice

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Trump Coal Backer Wins Big Under Perry's Power Plan

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Coal Rule Might Help Client Of Ex‑Lobbyist Who Crafted It

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Rick Perry: DOE’s Coal, Nuclear Proposal Is ‘Rebalancing The Market’

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Trump Administration Uses National Security As Excuse For Handout To Coal Industry

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Experts Debate The Energy Department’s Coal And Nuclear Market Intervention

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DOE's NOPR Subsidies Would Cost Up to $10.6B/Year, Study Finds

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Proposes New Regulation to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Plants

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Cost Estimates On DOE NOPR: $300 Million To $32 Billion

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Report: DOE Plan To Help Coal And Nuclear Would Cost $10.6 Billion A Year

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Energy Dominance Meets Market Realities

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Subsidy Plan For Coal And Nuclear Plants 'Will Cost US Taxpayers $10.6B A Year'

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What's A DOE NOPR To Do?

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Trump's Coal Subsidy Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

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Trump Wants Subsidies For Coal Companies, Not Health Insurers

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The Department Of Energy's Grid Resilience Pricing Proposal: A Cost Analysis

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DOE's Coal Bailout Plan Could Cost American Business Billions

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Merchant Coal Operators Reject Perry's Grid Proposal

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DOE's Cost Recovery NOPR Could Raise Consumer Costs By $10B Annually, New Analysis Finds

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DOE’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout Proposal Should Be Rejected

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Looking Beyond DOE’s NOPR, A Case For Grid Flexibility Alongside Reliability

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US Energy Department Limits Scope Of Coal, Nuclear Bailout

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A Roadmap For Finding Flexibility In Wholesale Markets

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FERC Won’t Slow Fast-Track Review Of DOE’s Proposal To Help Coal, Nuclear

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Rick Perry’s Plan To Subsidize Coal And Nuclear Plants Is Bonkers

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How DOE's Baseload Power Rule 'Would Blow The Market Up'

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DOE Rulemaking Threatens To Destroy Wholesale Markets With No Tangible Benefit

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Wholesale Market Crisis

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Forget What You Know About Energy

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Could Success Spoil ISO-NE?

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Economy-Wide Gains, 9.5 Billion Tons HFC Emissions At Risk From U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling

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Trump Launches New Salvo To Speed Project Permitting

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Chilling Question: What's Next On HFCs

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Court Ruling Threatens More Heat-Trapping Hydrofluorocarbons

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Trump EPA Loses Court Battle To Cut Air Con Pollutants

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U.S. DOE Future Markets Workshop: Valuing Flexibility In Power Markets

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The State Of Wholesale Power Markets; Principles For Managing An Evolving Power Mix

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Center of the storm: PJM CEO Andy Ott on power market reforms for turbulent times

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The state of wholesale power markets: What's wrong with proposed changes in Eastern RTOs?

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The state of US wholesale power markets: Is reliability at risk from low prices?

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America's Renewable Electricity Forecast Grows To 2050, Even Under Trump

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Carbon Capture And Storage: An Expensive Option For Reducing U.S. CO2 Emissions

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Trump's Fuel Standards Rollback Will Cost Americans $370 Billion, Add Nearly Three Billion Tons CO2

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Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

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Debunking Four Myths About The Clean Energy Transition

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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 4: Carbon Emissions

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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 3: Renewable Costs

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Debunking 4 Myths About the Clean Energy Transition, Part 2: Excess Generation

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Debunking 4 Myths About The Clean Energy Transition, Part 1: The “Duck Curve”

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Metrics for Energy Efficiency: Options and Adjustment Mechanisms

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Avoiding Counterfactuals in Performance Incentive Mechanisms: California as a Case Study

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Grid Flexibility: Methods for Modernizing the Power Grid

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How much do combined cycle natural gas plants really need to be paid?

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Energy Policy Solutions: How to Take Control of America's Energy Future

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Energy Policy Solutions: The Clean Power Plan is Within Reach

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The Costs of Delay: Waiting Until 2020 Could Cost Nearly $400 Billion

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 2)

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Distribution Optimization: Ready for Takeoff (part 1)

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Accelerating Carbon Reductions from California's Electricity Sector

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Renewables Curtailment: What we can Learn from Grid Operations in California and the Midwest

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Estimating Energy Efficiency Under EPA’s Carbon Rule Is Complicated

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What China's Climate Commitment Means for its Electricity Sector

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A 25-Cent Hike In The Federal Gas Tax Is A Rotten Idea For Florida