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The Clean Power Plan’s Clean Energy Incentive Program

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Today is the comment deadline for the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a voluntary component of the Clean Power Plan. The program encourages early investments in renewable energy and targeted investments in efficiency and renewables in low-income communities. In our comments, we urge every state to join the program and take advantage of the CEIP’s incentives, and also offer the EPA some recommendations to help improve it. Read more >

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Lessons Learned from the Climate Disaster at Aliso Canyon

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company employees discovered a massive natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The leak was the largest human-caused release of methane in U.S. history. What did we learn? Read more >

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Minnesota Approves Xcel Energy Plan: More Renewables, Less Coal, Hold on Natural Gas

, energy analyst

In a decision that will further strengthen Minnesota’s leadership position in the clean energy transition, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved Xcel Energy’s 15-year resource plan that will retire nearly 1,400 megawatts (MW) of coal capacity and move the state’s largest utility towards 40 percent renewable energy by 2030. Read more >

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Michigan and the Clean Power Plan: What the State’s Analysis Can and Cannot Tell Us

, energy analyst

On September 26th the state of Michigan released its initial analysis of the potential impacts of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) that will limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.

The analysis found that complying with the CPP may actually provide cost saving opportunities for Michigan ratepayers, particularly if Michigan strengthens its commitment to energy efficiency and cooperates with neighboring states. But the analysis fails to shed light on the role renewable energy could play in maximizing consumer benefits, while minimizing the variety of risks associated with an overreliance on natural gas. Read more >

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How Should Oil Companies Adapt to a Carbon Constrained World?

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Last week my colleagues released a report on the failure of major fossil fuel companies to make a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy, or to plan adequately for a world free of carbon pollution as laid out in the international climate agreement reached in Paris in 2015.  Today I want to focus on oil companies, and consider how they should change the way they extract oil and use it to produce gasoline, diesel, and other fuels and products. Read more >

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