This Week in Energy
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley
June 9, 2020
U.S. Department
of Energy,
Better Buildings
June 11, 2020
Columbia University Center on Global
Energy Policy
June 11, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
New Discussion
This discussion is part of a webinar series on transportation. The transportation sector is responsible for almost a third of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector. Read more.
- Question 1 : What policies will be most effective in reducing transportation sector emissions?
- Question 2 : Should the federal government enact stronger policies to support changes in transportation or is this best left to the individual states?
- Question 3: Should policy focus on a specific alternative fuel technologies or take an all-of-the-above approach?
Transportation Fuels Recording
Watch this recording of last week's webinar with Kathleen A. Theoharides (Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts) and Richard Kauffman (Board Chair, NYSERDA).

Part 2 of our transportation webinar series will be "Are We Energy Independent?" on Wed., June 24, noon Eastern Time. Stay tuned for details!
June Discussion
Ongoing Discussion
By General Wesley K. Clark
 Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Founder, Renew America Together
Our discussion on energy security is continuing, branching off from our webinar with General Wesley Clark in May . General Clark will be responding to questions posted in this online discussion.

Log in and add a comment to one of the questions below or add your own question directed to General Clark.
Question 1 : Are we currently investing enough into grid security efforts? How does the need for increased security compare to other investment options?
Question 2 : Who should be primarily responsible for efforts to increase grid security? – governments, in protecting the public interest, or energy companies that have a responsibility to protect customers and assets?
" If we’re talking about security against cyber attacks, we have to recognize that the vulnerabilities we’re trying to patch exist precisely because the states and private companies adopted expedient solutions that looked OK, so long as they weren’t being actively attacked. A serious analysis of vulnerabilities and custom design to avoid them would be costly and time consuming , especially since the job can only be done right through a close collaboration between those with deep understanding of the power system and those with deep understanding of real time control systems and software security ...." - Roger Arnold , Systems Architect, Silverthorn Engineering
Question 3 : The provision of electricity is a public service, and in most cases a regulated public utility. How do we retain public accountability while preserving essential elements of grid security?
Other comments:
" One of the greatest threats to national and international security is also one of the most ignored: Crony-dominated, anti-competitive energy and power sectors throughout the developing world not only prevent competition from clean energy providers, they are so incompetently run, that even using the dirtiest fossil fuels, they deliver energy poverty and rolling blackouts.... You can’t build a factory or housing or any development if there’s no power hook up. That is game over for development. That leads to massive poverty.... It leads to mass migration, human trafficking, all kinds of black markets, more corruption, civil unrest, terrorism, and war. ... Opening these closed energy and power markets to competition would be the single biggest economic opportunity, both for clean energy, and to raise billions out of poverty, and improve international security globally." - Rod Richardson , Clean Capitalist Leadership Council
Energy Headlines
The Hill
Houston Chronicle
Podcast Spotlight

In this podcast from Energy 360° from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette joins Sarah Ladislaw , director of the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program, for a discussion about how the U.S. energy sector has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and the changing nature of energy security. The Secretary expands on the recent executive order focused on securing the U.S. energy supply chain, and they both discuss how the Department of Energy is working with utilities to ensure added preparedness and resiliency for the upcoming hurricane and wildfire seasons.
Update from Congress

Thurs, June 11
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