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Decarbonizing the Nation's Grid: The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown

Posted by OnLocation on Jul 12, 2018 12:52:00 PM

While the U.S. electrical grid continues to be dominated by fossil fuels, the push to decarbonize the nation’s energy mix remains strong. As climate change concerns become a driving factor in energy policy, many are promoting the increased use of carbon-neutral fuel sources (including both nuclear power and renewable energy) to minimize the environmental impact of the energy sector. Any decarbonization trend that relies heavily on non-dispatchable renewable energy sources (such as wind and solar) in lieu of dispatchable fossil fuel sources (such as coal and natural gas), comes with side effects—both good and bad—to the nation’s electrical system beyond the intended reduction of CO2 emissions.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Energy Modeling, Environmental Regulation, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

Regulatory Hurdles of a Revolutionary Technology to Fight Climate Change

Posted by OnLocation on May 29, 2018 11:19:00 AM

In the fight to minimize human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with climate change, one of the latest and most exciting technologies is carbon capture and storage (CCS). The idea behind this method is that the CO2 emitted during certain activities, such as fracking for oil and gas, burning coal and natural gas for electricity, and many industrial activities such as ethanol production, can be captured instead of being released into the atmosphere. Once captured, the CO2 can be compressed into a denser gas or liquid and then transported by pipeline and used for enhanced oil recovery or permanently stored underground in saline aquifers, coal beds, salt caverns, or other geological formations. While the technology for capturing, condensing, transporting, and ultimately injecting CO2 has advanced notably in recent years to make the technology theoretically viable on a large scale, the actual implementation of the practice has lagged behind largely due to the regulatory hurdles associated with the transport and storage of the CO2.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Energy Modeling, Environmental Regulation, Energy Policy, Integrated Modeling, climate change

Environmental Compliance for the Power Industry

Posted by OnLocation on Oct 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

In our recent white paper, we identified what we think are the four most pressing energy and environmental policies facing states this year. Among these policies, we believe two policies in particular are creating significant challenges for the power industry:  the EPA Clean Power Plan and State Renewable Portfolio Standards.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance

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