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DOE Highlights the Need to Modernize Aging US Energy Infrastructure

The first installment of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive survey and analysis of the US energy sector provides a detailed roadmap for modernizing the energy transmission, storage, and distribution system to make it more secure and resilient to the effects of climate change while taking advantage of recent advances in energy and information technologies. On April …

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Troubles for Massachusetts Town’s Wind Turbine

In the long-running dispute between the Town of Falmouth and the neighbors to the Town’s wind turbine that powers the municipal wastewater treatment facility (WWTF), score one for the neighbors. The Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed the decision of Barnstable Superior Court Justice Robert C. Rufo in Drummey v. Town of Falmouth, 87 Mass. App. Ct. …

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Energy Storage Conference Offers Lessons Learned and Path Forward

The “Storage Week 2015″ summit held in San Diego, CA this week brought together policymakers, regulators, electric utility executives, system vendors, consultants, and other stakeholders to discuss the remarkable progress made in the last few years to deploy and integrate energy storage technologies.  The 8th annual event provided insights and practical advice regarding applications ranging …

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The President’s FY2016 Federal Budget Request: Programs Relevant to Tribal Energy Development

The White House transmitted its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to Congress on February 2, 2015.  Overall, the budget includes over $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technology programs across the federal agencies.  Most relevant to Indian tribes, tribal utilities, and tribal business are funding requests to continue existing energy and related environmental programs, …

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Study Quantifies Agency Costs in Fuel Pass-Throughs

A 2015 American Economic Review Paper highlights the higher fuel costs passed through by regulated coal-fired power plants versus their deregulated counterparts. The paper looked at regulated power plants that have become deregulated, and found that the deregulated plants “save about $1 billion a year compared to those that remained regulated . . . because a lack …

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