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Did Wind Really Save Texas from Rolling Outages?

Did Wind Really Save Texas from Rolling Outages?

On Monday, January 6, the system operator of the Texas electric grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), announced an Energy Emergency Alert and took steps to protect the grid. By 9:50 a.m., ERCOT was able to cancel the Alertbecause of improving generating conditions. On Tuesday ...

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Sunny Hawaii Highlights Challenges of Solar Adoption

Sunny Hawaii Highlights Challenges of Solar Adoption

Hawaii has the highest electricity prices in the country and receives a lot of sun. As a result, from 2008–2011, the number of annual rooftop solar installations increased 900 percentand, until recently, showed little sign of slowing. That all changed earlier this year when new rules took effect ...

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Does The Federal Government Think We Are Dim Bulbs?

Does The Federal Government Think We Are Dim Bulbs?

If you like incandescent 60-watt or 40-watt light bulbs, you better buy them before the end of the year because the federal government is banning these light bulbs after December 31, 2013.



Background

In 2007, Congress and President Bush decided that the American people were not wise enough to make ...

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Sharing the Burden of the Wind PTC, Production Tax Credit

Sharing the Burden of the Wind PTC, Production Tax Credit

A new study by IERestimates the net burden of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) broken down by state. The study finds that 30 states (plus the District of Columbia) are net losers, meaning that their citizens pay more in taxes to fund the PTC than members of the state receive in PTC subsidies. ...

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How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck.

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the ...

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Hunger Games and Climate Games

Hunger Games and Climate Games

December 15, The Virginia Free Citizen, by Charles Battig, MD

The school lunch program is a resounding success here in Albemarle County, Virginia. School kids are awash in food; no child is left behind in the new standards-of-lunch excesses. As reported in Charlottesville-Tomorrow, December 5, ...

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2014 Renewable Fuel Standards and the Blend Wall

2014 Renewable Fuel Standards and the Blend Wall

The Blend Wall:  Ethanol and Biomass

This week, SEPP made a presentation at an EPA hearing on the 2014 renewable fuel standards(RFS) and 2015 biomass-based diesel volume. The purpose is to establish the annual percentage standards for cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and ...

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Producers that Can Pump at $60/bbl Oil: Evan Smith

Producers that Can Pump at $60/bbl Oil: Evan Smith
As impressive as shale gas and oil production has been in North America, Evan Smith, co-portfolio manager of U.S. Global Investors' Global Resources Fund, expects 2014 to break records as producers move to a pure manufacturing process and drill multiple horizontal wells from a single pad. In this ...

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EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed greenhouse gas regulations for new power plants, and forthcoming regulations for existing plants, will inflict higher energy costs on American families and businesses. The regulations, which will provide no meaningful environmental benefit, ...

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