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US Energy Policy: A Changing Landscape
As Congress gears up to overhaul the tax code, RFF President Phil Sharp examines developments reshaping today’s energy markets and assesses whether federal incentives are cost-effectively achieving the intended results.
Energy Efficiency Policy: Surveying the Puzzles
Energy efficiency policies are favored by many to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, and reduce consumer costs. In a new RFF Discussion Paper, Senior Fellow Tim Brennan examines presumptions about such policies, noting that they often don’t hold true and are easily complicated.
RFF Policy Leadership Forum: John Rowe
The Exelon CEO discussed recent trends affecting the relative cost-effectiveness of different strategies for reducing emissions from the power sector.
A New Collection of Best Thinking on Current Issues
RFF announces an anthology of thought-provoking and insightful contributions from leading researchers in key climate, environmental, and energy fields. Issues of the Day, a reference for policy practitioners, is now available for sale or download.
Applying Yesterday's Lessons to Tomorrow's Energy Policy
Weathervane: RFF President Phil Sharp testified yesterday before a Senate committe saying that the present energy landscape bears strong resemblance to that of the 1970's.
Estimating the Cost of Oil Price Shocks
Nonresident Fellow Stephen P. A. Brown and Stanford economist Hillard G. Huntington explore the security externalities that arise from oil disruptions and show what a policy to integrate these costs into the market might look like.
Oil Prices: Care to Speculate?
Commentary: James L. Smith asks whether the dramatic oil price shock experienced in 2008 can be explained by market fundamentals or if speculative forces were at work.
Event: Sen. Alexander on the Perils of Energy Sprawl
In remarks at an October 5th Policy Leadership Forum, Senator Lamar Alexander discussed the land use costs of renewable energy production and why he believes nuclear power should play a major role in America’s energy future. Video available.
Foreign Oil: The Same Price, But More Costly
Although domestic and foreign oil looks the same to the consumer, the instability of foreign suppliers carries hidden external costs.
Climate Change and Infrastructure: A Volatile Mix?
An RFF Report looks at how U.S. roads, telecommunications, coasts, electrical systems, and water supplies may be affected by changes in climate and suggests ways to prepare through policy choices.
Biofuel from Wood: Caveats to Consider
Efforts to supplement gasoline with cellulosic ethanol are analyzed by Roger Sedjo and Brent Sohngen, who warn of economic dislocations that could result under existing targets set by Congress.
Considering Satellite-Collected Solar Power
Touted as an abundant source of “green” energy by proponents and derided as a sci-fi fantasy by skeptics, capturing solar energy from space has re-entered the global energy discussion. In this RFF Policy Commentary, Molly Macauley and Jhih-Shyang Shih take a closer look at the costs and benefits of satellite-collected solar power.
Obama on Energy Policy
In 2005, Barack Obama gave his first major speech on energy policy after his election to the Senate before an RFF Policy Leadership Forum audience. Video and a transcript of his address are available.
Toward a New National Energy Policy
RFF begins a three-year project to analyze and assess U.S. energy options and provide tools for decision makers to use in formulating future policy choices.
Sixth Annual Hans Landsberg Lecture: Paul Joskow
The Sloan Foundation president describes recent changes in the structure of the U.S. electricity market and discusses how its reorganization could affect utilities and consumers as well as environmental policies, especially climate change.
Electricity Markets and Energy Security: Friends or Foes?
RFF Senior Fellow Timothy J. Brennan examines the extent to which overall energy security is affected by competition in the electricity sector.
Can We Green the Grid?
RFF researchers analyze the chicken-and-egg relationship between Renewable Portfolio Standards and federal transmission corridors to identify potential policy conflicts and opportunities for coordination.
RFF President Briefs Senate Agriculture Committee on Energy, Oil Dependency
RFF President Phil Sharp testifies that strong, persistent policies are needed to ensure that benefits from research and technological developments in the field of energy are realized.
Energy Independence: Fantasies, Facts, Options
Although energy independence has long been a political rallying cry, Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter argues that independence from oil -- foreign or domestic -- is the more viable policy goal.
Energy Independence won't happen any time soon.
The short-term fixes won't make much difference in the way the world oil market works. Policies that could make a real difference have lead times measured in decades.
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