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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.

Congress Can Empower Energy Innovation Far and Wide. Here’s How.

Today there is much attention to new energy supplies, and the policies that can best guide their adoption. As part of that discussion, it’s important to note that most of the new technology and market-based behavior by users and suppliers of electricity stems from Congress passing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) and its amendments. Read More

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Hey NERC, Where’s the Fire? Digging into a Flawed Study on the Clean Power Plan

We all know that yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is an abuse of free speech. Anyone doing that yelling will be called to account for their behavior. We should expect the same in the NERC portrayals of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. It’s time to see if there is evidence in their analyses that supports their alarms—and I don’t see how they justify the calls for delays. Read More

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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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