Energy Exchange

EDF’s new report looks at Non-Pipeline Alternatives to meet energy needs

 

By Magdalen Sullivan, Co-Authored by Erin Murphy 

Many states are adopting declining emission limits as a way to address the severe and growing dangers of the climate crisis, and that means state utility regulators are grappling with how to decarbonize energy systems, manage costs and meet demand.

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Time for Australian policymakers to catch up on methane reporting

By Charlotte Hanson

Cutting methane emissions from the energy sector is the fastest, cheapest and most effective way to curb global warming even as we decarbonize our energy systems. And the first step is making sure we know how much methane is being emitted, where it’s being released and by whom. As the well-worn adage goes, you can’t fix what you don’t measure.

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Wasted Gas, Wasted Royalties – How Common-Sense Climate Policy Can Put Money Back in People’s Pockets

 

By Aaron Wolfe, andScott Seymour

EDF economic analysis found that in 2022 oil and gas operators across Alberta wasted $671 million in natural gas, costing the provincial government over $120 million in lost royalties and uncollected corporate taxes. Newly proposed regulations can help prevent wasted gas while also reducing climate pollution.

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New Mexico can protect its citizens by closing an orphan well loophole

View of a pumpjack at a wellsite in Hobbs, NM. Foreground is a metal fence with barbed wire.

By Adam Peltz and Meg Coleman

New Mexico’s legislators have a remarkable opportunity in the coming days to protect New Mexico families, businesses and the environment by revising the antiquated Oil and Gas Act with House Bill 133. 

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Keep clean hydrogen clean

Hydrogen tank, solar panel and windmills on blue sky background. Sustainable and ecological energy concept. 3d illustration.

By Fred Krupp, Manish Bapna and Armond Cohen

Originally published in themessenger.com, December 2023 (no longer in circulation). 

It’s a make-or-break moment for hydrogen’s role in our clean energy future. Hailed for its potential to flexibly deliver energy without polluting the climate, hydrogen could be a valuable climate solution if we get it right. That’s why the Biden administration is deploying vast new incentives to jumpstart a new clean hydrogen economy. But hydrogen isn’t without risk, which is why the details of these programs matter.

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Flexible interconnection can optimize the grid and speed deployment of charging infrastructure

Electric truck with charging station

By Casey Horan

As the first blog in this series details, shorter interconnection timelines can be key to accelerating electric vehicle deployments and achieving decarbonization goals.  Luckily, there are currently available policy and technical solutions states can use to achieve timely interconnection, including: (1) hybrid interconnection; (2) flexible interconnection; and (3) ramped connection.  

The process of upgrading the grid can be lengthy, expensive and complex. For utilities, flexible interconnection can help bring down costs by optimizing existing grid infrastructure and deferring costly grid upgrades. Closing the gap between what the grid can accommodate and the scale of the energy resources that can be connected will benefit both utilities and customers. Here, we explore ways states can use flexible interconnection agreements to deploy EV chargers more quickly without putting excess stress on the grid.  

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