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Finding best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow: energy efficiency, demand response,, solar, wind, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It’s all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable. The energy world's best hopes lie in what's happening in the digital realm, especially in data analytics.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stimulus and Regulation

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The world's biggest and richest governments are doling out at least $160 billion annually in subsidies for fossil fuels, according to a September 2015 report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The OECD created the Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels, which tracks hundreds of spending programs and tax breaks used by governments in 40 countries to subsidize the extraction, refining or combustion of coal, oil and natural gas. The inventory includes programs that reduce prices for fossil fuels paid by consumers and lower exploration and exploitation costs paid by oil and gas companies. This report is updated every year. Video from launch press event.

F. Grid Security
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The energy sector is one of the national critical infrastructures and now will increasingly be dependent on less secure information and telecommunications infrastructures.

Will the utility industry make the investments in smart grid based largely on avoided costs alone, and will they do it a timely manner or over many years?

D. Future of Clean Tech Support 
In the absence of significant and timely energy policy reform, the recent boom in US clean tech sectors could falter.  The sharpest reductions in federal clean tech support are still ahead: unless Congress intervenes, clean tech spending will be cut nearly in half from 2011 to 2012 and will fall to just one-quarter of 2009 levels by 2014

C. Smart Grid Stimulus
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains $4.5 billion for Smart Grid initiatives.
 [August 2011 Update] - The debt deal reached by the White House and Congress will likely trigger deep spending cuts for many energy and environmental programs for years to come.

That Solyndra's executives failed to notify their investors and the DOE in a honest fashion is the issue here. Is it corporate malfeasance and negligence? Without a doubt. Is it a crime? We'll soon find out.

A. Smart Grid Regulation
The nation's electric power delivery system is much like the telecommunications network of the past—dated and increasingly costly for consumers. Similar regulatory changes are needed.

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