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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Big natgas customers want sustainability reporting from producers, invite stakeholder comments

In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss an effort by a group of major U.S. natural gas purchasers to develop a set of performance indicators measuring how natural gas producers manage environmental and community impacts of fracking. The public and stakeholders are being invited to comment on them before they're finalized.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Plain as the nose on your face: Nuclear subsidy food fights miss market-oriented climate solution



In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss the scramble by nuclear power plant owners to obtain operating subsidies, and PJM Interconnection's smart, market-oriented - and climate-saving - policy recommendation. 

Will elected officials listen to lobbyists or PJM's experts?
  



Monday, August 21, 2017

Shot and chaser



In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss two new reports that describe the potential of technological innovation on decarbonization, and the immensity of current decarbonization challenges.




Monday, August 7, 2017

It’s Time for a Market-Oriented Approach to Clean Energy Investment in Pennsylvania


In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss two important new reports that recommend the creation of a Green Bank in Pennsylvania to unlock billions of dollars' worth of clean energy and energy efficiency projects.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Side Effects Include…A Rare Opportunity for Pennsylvania


My latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania discusses the development of rare earth element resources, which may be a big environmental and economic opportunity for Pennsylvania.

I worked on this issue with the U.S. Department of Energy when I was Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Among other things, I convened geologists from DEP and our sister agency DCNR - great public servants all - to see how the Commonwealth could support this important work from a technical standpoint.

There is significant potential here.