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News & Updates:
House votes to loosen coal-fired plant air pollution standards; Layoffs down, but unemployment rebounds; Oil falls on US supply.
Trump administration opens access to insurance outside Obamacare; Final TPP deal leaves out US rules; Business leaders confident in economy, but worried about the skills gap; Oil falls on US stockpiles.
Senate votes down both immigration proposals; Department of Energy must implement Obama rules; Consumer sentiment beats economists’ estimates.
Nuclear energy has the potential to assist nations in tackling climate change and sustain a rapidly growing world population. In the first part of this series on nuclear energy, I analyzed why nuclear energy is superior to other energy sources in achieving this end but also why current market forces prevent its growth. However, even if US legislators decided to pass legislation that aggressively expanded the country’s nuclear infrastructure, there are three primary non-market challenges with current U.S. policy, or lack thereof: a hostile public, the absence of a centralized nuclear waste disposal site, and concerns with proliferation and the imperilment of U.S. national security objectives. In order to responsibly expand nuclear energy capacities and prevent proliferation to hostile states, policy-makers have an obligation to address these issues. Not doing so may bear worse consequences than wantonly enlarging the United States’ atomic sector.
Trump signs bill ending shutdown; PA Supreme Court orders new Congressional districts in advance of 2018 primaries; Rosy IMF growth outlook props up oil prices.
Consumer Choice Model for Forecasting Demand and Designing Incentives for Solar Technology
Governments can best incentivize solar panel purchases by instituting early subsidies and then lowering them over time, as consumer demand increases and adoption costs decrease.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has developed significantly in the last twenty years. Lower purchasing costs and public subsidy programs have encouraged homeowners to buy solar panels at an increasing rate. As the market for solar technology has grown, policy makers have become interested in how to most effectively structure solar technology incentive programs.
In this paper, Ruben Lobel and Georgia Perakis find that offering very strong initial subsidies is the best way to encourage the adoption of solar technology. Once the initial subsidies entice consumers to purchase solar panels, two market externalities occur: (1) costs become lower due to increased demand, competition, and manufacturing efficiency, and (2) information spread increases solar technology adoption in a word-of-mouth fashion.
After these externalities occur, the cost of subsidizing each additional consumer becomes less efficient, so the subsidies should be lowered until they are phased out. The authors use the German solar panel subsidy program as a case study to illustrate their findings.
Lobel, Ruben and Perakis, Georgia, Consumer Choice Model for Forecasting Demand and Designing Incentives for Solar Technology (January 26, 2011). Available at SSRN:http://ssrn.com/abstract=1748424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1748424
American Wind Energy Association
AWEA prepares fact sheets on a variety of wind energy-related topics for educational purposes. The fact sheets are available in PDF format and may be downloaded for using the links below.
• Wind Energy Basics: AWEA’s wind energy basics fact sheets provide an overview of the wind industry as a whole, how the electric grid operates, and wind energy’s interaction with the environment.
• State Fact Sheets: AWEA’s state fact sheets provide information on the wind industry’s presence and potential to grow in each U.S. state.
• Federal Wind Energy Policy Fact Sheets: AWEA’s federal wind energy policy fact sheets provide an overview of issues that are pertinent to discussions and debates at the federal government level.
• Manufacturing Fact Sheets: AWEA’s manufacturing fact sheets provide an overview of the manufacturing aspects of the wind energy industry.
Quick link to Fact Sheets portal: http://www.awea.org/Resources/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=873&navItemNumber=588
Quick link to main Statistics page: http://www.awea.org/learnabout/industry_stats/index.cfm
Biomass Energy Data Book
The Department of Energy, through the Biomass Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, has contracted with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to prepare this Biomass Energy Data Book. The purpose of this data book is to draw together, under one cover, biomass data from diverse sources to produce a comprehensive document that supports anyone with an interest or stake in the biomass industry. Given the increasing demand for energy, policymakers and analysts need to be well-informed about current biomass energy production activity and the potential contribution biomass resources and technologies can make toward meeting the nation’s energy demands.
Databases available on the site include:
- Introduction to Biomass
Quick link: http://cta.ornl.gov/bedb/index.shtml
Buildings Energy Data Book
The Data Book includes statistics on residential and commercial building energy consumption. Data tables contain statistics related to construction, building technologies, energy consumption, and building characteristics.
The Building Technologies Program within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy developed this resource to provide a current and accurate set of comprehensive buildings- and energy-related data. The Data Book is an evolving document and is updated periodically. Each data table is presented in HTML, Microsoft Excel, and PDF formats.
Quick link: http://buildingsdatabook.eren.doe.gov/
CME Group: Energy Products
CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe by providing the widest range of benchmark futures and options products available on any exchange, covering all major asset classes.
Quick link: http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/energy/