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Mike Jacobs

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About the author: Michael Jacobs is a senior energy analyst with expertise in electricity markets, transmission and renewables integration work. See Mike's full bio.

What Would We Do With Cheap Energy Storage Batteries?

What would we do if cheap energy storage became a reality? We would put an end to carbon emissions from fossil fuel. The debate would be over. The missing pieces of the puzzle would be in hand.

This is something to contemplate. Read More

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Another Misleading Study on the Clean Power Plan: NERC Distorts Reality with False Premise and Assumptions

We are on the verge of another transition in how we supply energy to the modern economy. Economics and advances in renewable energy show we can adapt to a series of emissions control requirements affecting coal plants. But a new study of the EPA’s carbon policy excludes these lessons, and assumes the worst behavior of plant owners and state officials to paint an overly pessimistic view of how this transition will impact the reliability of our energy supply. Read More

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Three Reasons Carbon Reduction Is Easy In The Central U.S.

The debate over reliability and the costs of reducing carbon pollution comes to St. Louis with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) holding a technical conference on the electricity grid with the EPA carbon pollution rules. Folks looking at this debate should consider three reasons why the central U.S. has great opportunities to reduce carbon pollution: Read More

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Lawyers for Coal

Laurence Tribe – popularly known as “President Obama’s old law professor” – is testifying today against the Clean Power Plan before the House Subcommittee on Energy & Power, on behalf of Peabody Energy. But here he’s not acting as a teacher- he’s a lawyer fiercely advocating for his paying client.  We have a full preview of how he will distort the case against CO2 regulation from the comments he co-wrote with Peabody Energy on December 1, 2014. Read More

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What Snow and the U.S. Army Tell Us About Coal vs. Renewable Energy

Winter has a way of showing what engineers describe as margins for error, and contingencies or unexpected events. When the snow on the road makes your car slide before coming to a stop, you lower your driving speed and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. Read More

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The Detroit Power Outage: It’s Not About the EPA or Fuel Supplies

News comes today of disruptions to life in Detroit. But before we see this story spun up into an argument for one type of power plant or another, let’s get the facts. Read More

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Here’s a Utility Hiding Some Facts About the EPA Clean Power Plant Rule

ERCOT, the electricity reliability organization for Texas, distorts the impacts of the EPA power plant carbon rules 111(d) by leaving out any context in its recent report. Read More

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Clean or Dirty? Fighting Over the EPA Clean Power Plan Gets Messy

What should we think when two grid reliability authorities look at large-scale adoption of renewable energy and come to opposite conclusions? This isn’t pretty and we need to get to the bottom of it. Read More

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What Happens When Solar Energy is Cheaper Than Local Electricity Prices?

The future keeps changing! Banks are telling us that solar energy is becoming mainstream. 

UCS projects that for more than half of the states in the U.S., solar power on your roof is going to be cheaper than the price of electricity delivered by the utility company. Deutsche Bank reports the number will be 36 states in 2016, or 47 states if federal tax credits continue as they are today. Read More

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Halloween and the Fossil Fuel Witch Hunt

Just in time for Halloween, there’s a witch hunt brewing in the energy business…

As the realities of climate change settle in the minds of the fair citizens of this land, there’s a nightmarish force fighting back. Healthier air and a safer climate are threatened by backers of long dead fossil fuels, the never-living, and never-dead nuclear powers. Attacks on climate-saving solutions are part of a new effort to bring zombie coal plants back to life, threatening the nation’s renewable, clean energy future. Read More

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