This Week in Energy
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Center for International Environmental Law
April 16, 2020
American Wind Energy Association
April 14, 2020
April 16, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Energy Leaders Webinar Series
View past recordings and read summaries from the first two webinars of our new OurEnergyPolicy Energy Leaders Webinar Series ! Thank you to all who have attended, and keep an eye out for a separate invitation this week to attend next week's webinar.

Ernest Moniz
Energy Futures Initiative

Recording available, summary forthcoming.

Dan Kammen
UC Berkley

Recording and summary available.
April Discussion
Ongoing Discussion
By Joel Levin
Executive Director, Plug In America
" Thank you so much. Joel, for your great post, which really raised my spirits on this day of quarantine. Your post is so much closer to what we really need to cope with the worst case climate risks than anything I have seen in the Presidential debates from either party. Since about 80 percent of US GHG come from just two sectors, electricity generation and transportation, it would cost so much less money to get us to environmental and international security by doing the best we can in those two sectors. Plug-ins are certainly a major part of that... ." - Paul Werbos , Program Director for Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems, National Science Foundation, retired
" We support policies that reduce carbon emissions overall—whether it be through cap and trade, carbon tax, etc . It is interesting that some states are still funding research on hydrogen fueling technologies, which could have a place in the medium-heavy duty sector, but for the light-duty sector the plug-in EV has clearly won . As the details and politics are worked out for larger carbon reduction policies, we support each state introducing a low carbon fuel standard policy. This sends a signal to the market that electricity powering vehicles is the way to go, and provides investment back into clean transportation technologies." - Joel Levin , Executive Director, Plug In America
" Electric vehicles are of marginal value and should not be encouraged. The preferred option when consider the entire system is the plug-in hybrid vehicle that has fundamentally different characteristics than the all electric vehicle–although most people put them in the same group."
- Charles W. Forsberg , Executive Director, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project, MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Energy Headlines
Utility Dive
The Hill
Podcast Spotlight

In this podcast from the MIT Energy Initiative , Brian Anderson PhD ’05, the director of the U.S Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, shares what the lab is doing in carbon capture, materials, hydrogen, and more.
Update from Congress

  • Thurs, April 23 - A group of bipartisan senators, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Charles Grassley (R-IA), asked the Department of Treasury to extend safe harbor deadlines to ensure renewable energy developers are able to secure tax credits to finance their projects. Read more from Utility Dive.

Featured Energy Events
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