Jeremy Richardson

Senior energy analyst

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Jeremy Richardson is a senior energy analyst in the Climate and Energy program, conducting analytical work on the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon regulations. Prior to this position, Dr. Richardson was a Kendall Science Fellow and researched the fundamental cultural and economic drivers of coal production in West Virginia. He has a Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a B.S. in Physics from West Virginia University. Subscribe to Jeremy's posts

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Will Congress Act to Protect Coal Mining Communities?

Today marks the release of the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Included in the request to Congress is a package of policies that would go a long way toward helping struggling coal communities in Appalachia. And there’s even potential for action in Congress—a bill to implement one important policy was introduced last week. Read more >

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King Coal’s Stages of Grief: Acceptance Reaches the Coalfields

In the last few weeks, statements from elected officials in West Virginia highlighted the urgent need for economic diversification in the coalfields. It led me to wonder, has acceptance of the reality of this energy transition finally reached the coalfields? Read more >

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Virginia Coastal Protection Act: New UCS Analysis Highlights Opportunity for Carbon Revenue

Update (February 8, 2016): The analysis has been updated using the most up-to-date Renewable Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Learn more.


Virginia’s General Assembly has just started a whirlwind two-month session, and will be considering significant legislation that would help the state raise revenues from a carbon trading program, to be used for investments in coastal resilience, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and economic development. Today UCS released an analysis that finds that Virginia could generate an average of $251 million annually by participating in a similar carbon trading program. Read more >

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The Latest Reality Check for Coal: A Surprising Message from West Virginia

A news story posted yesterday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail hit my inbox at least five times this morning. The article acknowledges something we’ve been talking about for quite some time—the reality that the coal industry is simply not going to return to its heyday of years past.

What’s surprising about the piece is not the message—it’s the source. The person making this point was the president of West Virginia’s largest electric utility. It reminded me of my King Coal’s Stages of Grief series from earlier this summer, and led me to wonder, have we finally reached the acceptance phase? Read more >

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Most States Well on the Path to Comply with Final Clean Power Plan

On August 3, President Obama announced the release of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), setting the first ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Today, UCS is releasing an updated version of our States of Progress analysis, which calculates the progress states are expected to make toward meeting their CPP emission reduction targets based on committed clean energy actions. We find that 31 states are on track to be more than halfway toward meeting their 2022 emission rate benchmarks, and that 20 states are on track to be more than halfway toward meeting their final 2030 CPP rate-based compliance targets. Read more >

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