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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Executive Order 26: Establishing the New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Energy,Health/Medical,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Establishes the priorities for the McAuliffe administration’s economic development plan. From the Office of the Governor


Clean Coal Loan Guarantees and Tax Incentives: Issues in Brief

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations

Discusses the use of federal loan guarantees and tax incentives to stimulate private investment in clean coal technologies in order to bring about reductions in U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. Considers wording and purpose of previous relevant legislation and the future of such efforts.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2013 Distributed Wind Market Report

Categories: Energy,Statistics

Reports the new distributed wind capacity in the U.S. in 2013 (30.4 megawatts) and the change from the previous year (83% decline).  Summarizes the 2013 U.S. distributed wind market to help plan future investments by public and private entities.  From the Energy Department


Manhattan District History

Categories: Energy,History,Nuclear Arms

Multi-volume history of the project to develop an atomic bomb, now complete with the release of Volume 14 on Intelligence and Security, following its declassification.  The volumes record the project’s activities and achievements in research, design, construction, and operation.  From the Department of Energy


The Role of Oil Price Shocks in Causing U.S. Recessions

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Prices/Inflation

Delves more deeply into the question of whether and to what extent oil price increases become a major cause for U.S. recessions.  From the Federal Reserve


Memorandum of Agreement Between the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality Regarding the Coordinated Review of the Environmental Impacts of Oil or Gas Drilling in Tidewater Virginia

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Agreement which acknowledges the mission of the two agencies—one to regulate oil and drilling activities in the state, the other to protect the environment—and the need to work together on the development of environmental impact assessments in areas of proposed drilling.  From the Office of the Governor


EPA’s Proposed CO2 Rule for Existing Power Plants: How Would It Affect Nuclear Energy?

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Nuclear Energy

Describes the cost issues in play but concludes  that flexibility for the states in developing their own CO2 emission rate goals makes it difficulty to predict how nuclear energy would fare. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Smart Metering of Energy and Water

Categories: Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

The British government plans to distribute smart meters for electricity and gas to all households in Britain by the end of 2020.  This note examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy and the challenges for the roll-out.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


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