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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Reviews market trends for biofuels in the 2001-2013 period and why the U.S. became a net exporter of biofuels for the first time in 2010. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Special Report: The Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee to Solyndra, Inc.

Categories: Energy,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

Provides the results of a 4 year-long investigation into allegations that officials of Solyndra submitted false and misleading information to the DOE during the application process for a $535 million loan guarantee.  The controversial transaction damaged confidence in the program designed to provide loan guarantees for innovative energy projects.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Energy Department


Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Web site created to provide information to and receive comments from Virginians about the federal Clean Power Plan and how it might affect residents of the state.  Virginia must now develop its own state plan for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that generate electricity through the use of fossil fuels.  From the Department of Environmental Quality


Dominion Virginia Power and Clean Power Plan Costs: A Brief Review of the Dominion’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan Compliance Cost Estimates

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Virginia Issues

Analysis of Virginia Power’s method for estimating (or overestimating) the cost of compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan and its failure to develop an integrated resource plan. Relates to concerns about greenhouse gases, climate change, and Virginia’s energy future.

From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Department of Energy Declassification Decisions: Selected DOE Memoranda of Decisions on Declassification

Categories: Energy,Govt Secrecy,Nuclear Arms

A list of declassification memos spanning the time period 2011-2015 made in compliance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 which mandates review of restricted data which may be declassified without undue risk to national security.  From the Department of Energy, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Provides rule summary, history, the full text of the final rule, various fact sheets, and technical support documents for the regulation that requires states and utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants 32% below 2005 levels by 2030 and rewards them for expanding the use of solar and wind power.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration’s Case

Categories: Congress,Energy,Headlines,Iran,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

Testimony of Secretary of State Kerry before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 7/28/2015 defending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement with Iran.  From the State Department


Technology Assessment: Nuclear Reactors: Status and Challenges in Development and Deployment of New Commercial Concepts

Categories: Energy,Nuclear Energy,Science/Technology

Discusses the status of new reactor concepts such as light water small modular reactors, the intended benefits of new advanced reactor concepts, and the challenges associated with bringing these new reactors online.  From the Government Accountability Office


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