Archive for Energy & Resources Policy

11 February 2016

Cleantech in the “Circular Economy”

This month’s Cleantech Forum in San Francisco convened a number of diverse, but similarly relevant panels and breakout sessions around the topics of clean energy and sustainability innovation. One panel topic in particular stood out to me as an often-overlooked piece of the sustainability puzzle: transitioning our exhaustive material flows into closed loops.

LNG Tanker Setting Sail
29 November 2015

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership pump up U.S. natural gas exports?

Put simply, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should have minimal impact on U.S. natural gas exports. To understand why, we must evaluate what the TPP constitutes, how it effects the U.S. regulatory process for natural gas exports, and market changes that are driving the U.S. towards becoming a net exporter of natural gas.

11 November 2015

Keystone XL and the U.S. Dependence on Oil

On November 6, 2015, Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL project. Why did he do this, and what does this mean for the U.S.? The Keystone XL had several major concerning issues associated with it: first, the tar sands crude oil are significantly dirtier in greenhouse gas emissions than conventional crude oil; second, the oil would largely be exported and sold abroad; third, the risks to the American people as a result of the pipeline are very real.

21 October 2015

SB350 Signed

On October 7th, an amended version of SB350, crafted by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León as the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, was signed into law. The act is the most compelling piece of climate legislation enacted in California since AB32 of 2006, which effectively committed the state to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

7 October 2015


Solar net metering was introduced in 1980s and is continuing. In recent past, few US states considered to stop net metering but did not. Will net metering be banned or something else will gradually eclipse it?

3 August 2015

Coal Extraction on Federal Land: A Hidden Fossil Fuel Subsidy

A hidden way the United States federal government subsidizes fossil fuels, particularly coal, is by allowing extraction to continue unabated on federal land. These account for 40% of the nation’s coal supply and 24% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but according to top scientists, 92% of U.S. coal reserves must be left in the ground to keep the climate from warming by more than 2°C.

ca curve
1 April 2014

California’s classic chart: what really caused the energy savings?

A recent study of Arik Levinson from Georgetown University indicates that California’s famous energy savings may have been caused by factors outside of energy policy that have previously not been considered.

28 January 2014

European Partnership Could Signal New Direction for Renewable Energy

The French and German governments announced a renewable energy partnership last week that could help strengthen Europe’s position in the renewable energy sector.