Issue Briefs

April 22, 2024
Introduction Geothermal energy is the process by which naturally occurring steam and hot water are used to generate zero-emission energy, at both small- and utility-scale. Current technology drills wells deep into the Earth to harness geothermal resources for use aboveground. While geothermal is currently only four percent of the United States’ electricity production, a recent […]

March 27, 2024
Background On January 26, the Biden Administration announced a de facto ban on pending decisions for exports of liquified natural gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries, until the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) updates the underlying analyses for authorizations.  The announcement sparked extensive global debate and for good reason. The lack of clear […]

January 10, 2024
Introduction The United States’ agricultural sector is a global leader in productivity while directly producing about 10 percent of the nation’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In comparison, both China and India each have almost twice the emissions as the U.S. from their agricultural sectors. Some of this success is owed to the conservation programs […]

July 20, 2023
Expanding and Modernizing Transmission Infrastructure to Facilitate Reliability, Resilience, Lower Costs, and Drive Growth   Reliability, Resilience and Clean Energy  Transmission infrastructure allows electricity generated in one location to be transported, sometimes over long distances, to distribution lines and ultimately, to the consumer. Long-distance transmission is often necessary for utility-scale wind and solar generation to reach […]

January 31, 2023
Industrial emissions have been steadily on the rise and could soon exceed emissions in the power sector as it continues its successful decarbonization efforts. As demand for industrial commodities grows in developing nations, it matters where these goods are produced. In the U.S., manufactured products are 40% more carbon efficient than the world average. Therefore, […]

September 13, 2022
The key to making the most of zero-carbon electricity When the energy produced by renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels or wind turbines exceeds demand, which often happens during Spring and Summer months when there is abundant sunshine, that output is reduced, or curtailed. In short, these resources are taken offline. The production of […]

March 2, 2021
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) capabilities need to be drastically expanded in order to meet the goal of keeping the global average temperature increase below 2°C. The IEA estimates that to achieve this target, the number of industrial scale carbon capture facilities needs to increase from the […]

August 26, 2020
Energy storage is considered the “holy grail” of energy because it allows for stockpiling unused power for when consumers need it the most. Currently, the U.S. electricity grid only has enough cumulative storage capacity to provide power for around 20 minutes – or a mere 10 seconds if only battery storage is considered. The development […]

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