Articles by Walter Shaub

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Making the Smart Grid Work

 As we learn more about the transition of the nation’s electric grid to a “smart grid” we are coming to the realization, among other considerations, that it will be a costly undertaking, will involve a highly complex infrastructure, and will need to be protected from any number of vulnerabilities,

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Meeting the Energy Storage Challenge

At the April 15, 2011 Chamber Special Briefing Series, energy storage technology was discussed by Eric Hsieh, who is the Regulatory Affairs Manager for A123 Systems, where he promotes policy reforms that bring storage benefits to electricity users and markets. Previously, he was the Government Rel

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What it Will Take to Charge Ahead

What exactly is Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)? Is it more than just chargers but also energy management? What might be EVSE’s impact on transportation; on the electricity grid, and on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions? These and many other questions were addressed today at

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Demand Response Potential - It's Electric

Last month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a national assessment of demand response that estimates the potential for demand response, both nationally and for each state, through 2019. The assessment, A National Assessment of Demand Response Potential, finds the potential fo

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Storing Carbon

The European Union (EU) and Norway are increasing cooperation to commercialize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by handing out upward of 140 million Euros to support European CCS projects and exploring the possibility of storing CO2 in the North Sea. See their website for more informatio

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CBO: Climate Legislation Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently issued a cost estimate for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454), which was recently approved by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation would make a number of changes in energy and environmental policies l

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Less Energy, More Emissions?

The good news: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers are developing technologies that in the future will help produce new commercial buildings that use 80% less energy than today’s buildings. More here. The bad news: "A recent Electric Power Research Institute study projects that

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GHG Emissions and Forest Preservation

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has published Incentives to Sustain forest Ecosystem Services – A Review and Lessons for REDD. REDD is an acronym for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. A detailed UNFCCC web site deals with REDD. The IIED

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The Role of GHG Offsets

Congressional Research Service (CRS) environmental policy analyst Jonathan Ramseur has written The Role of Offsets in a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade Program: Potential Benefits and Concerns. Ramseur notes: If Congress establishes a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction program (e.g.,

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Re-launching the Climate Weathervane

The Washington, DC-based think tank, Resources For the Future (RFF) has re-launched its Weathervane website, which has been a source of climate information and data for more than ten years, as an interactive blog. The restructured site will draw on the expertise and perspective of researchers at RF